Events on the Hill: April – June Calendar of Events Available!

Our calendar of events for the months of April – June is now available! Take a look and find an exciting event at Hill Country Market or at the other businesses that share our location, such as: WildRoots Salon & Studio, Turning Leaf Acupuncture, and our sister company, Breezy Hill Nursery. We’d love to have you join us!

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If an event asks you to pre-register, please do so as some events have limited space or require extra preparation to ensure that there are supplies/food/etc. available for you when you attend. Thank you.

(The calendar of events is also available in-store at the register).

See you at HCM!

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Hooray for February Latte Specials!

There’s still time to enjoy this month’s espresso based drink specials. Made with Wisconsin local, Anodyne Coffee, and full of delicious flavor, we’re sure you’ll find one you love.

February Coffee Specials

We’re happy to provide you with a quality tasting pick-me-up!

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Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Today, we have some helpful tips from our neighbors at WildRoots Salon & Studio. Wildroots believes true beauty, health, and wellness starts within and reflects out. Their intention is to provide an encouraging and creative environment to bring enrichment to the lives of their guests and the community.

We asked Carli Schmaling, owner of WildRoots, to share something for the New Year that she finds is important to your health and in your life. These outward cares can help with your balance of inward and outward calm and relaxation.

New Year health and wellness tip from WildRoots Salon & Studio:

Our feet take us everywhere we need to go and they do so much hard work for us. Taking care of your feet can mean more to your overall care than you may think.

Did you know…

– When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry half of your body weight.

– The foot and ankle consist of 26 bones, 33 joints, and 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

– Your foot consist of  25% of the muscles in your body and if you don’t take care of them, it’s the equivalent to not working your upper body.

– Woman have 4x more foot problems as men.  High heels are to blame.

A good New Year resolution is to start taking care of your feet.  Paying attention to your feet can help prevent expensive and long-term issues in the future.  Pedicures and foot soaks are a good place to start. They will help protect your feet, minimize swelling, stop dryness and itching, and release endorphins.

Another tip: indulge yourself in body treatments now and then. Many of us often fear to indulge ourselves in things such as facials, massages, acupuncture and more. But giving yourself a moment every now and then to relax and focus on your body and mind can help in numerous ways. When you’ve taken a moment to care for your well-being, it can effect the way you handle everyday stresses, treat those around you and help you be productive and effective. (Budget an issue? When you can, set money aside gradually to save up so you can give yourself a day of relaxation.)

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We hope these tips from WildRoots Salon & Studio help as you continue your resolutions for the New Year.

Anytime you’d like to share a tip, recipe, or a delicious food to add to the table, leave us a note in the comments. We’d love to pass along what you’d like to share to other readers.

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

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February Cheese and Wine of the Month

It’s certainly February with frigid temps and snow storms. Luckily, here in Wisconsin, we know the way to enjoy these rough wintry days. Enjoying a tasty cheese and great bottle of wine is one of our favorite ways to relax in the winter. So, here is Hill Country Market’s pick of cheese and wine for February to help with the winter blues.

February Cheese of the Month:Purple Haze Cheese with Wine

Cypress Grove Purple Haze

If you’re looking for a unique spin on cheese, look no further than Cypress Grove’s Purple Haze cheese. Purple Haze combines flavors of lavender and wild fennel pollen. This award-winning goat cheese packs a flavorful punch and is a delicious addition to a fresh salad with berries and toasted pecans. It’s also a great one to experiment with pairing options and have fun using it to develop unique culinary creations.

February Wine of the Month:

Aquinas Pinot Noir

February Wine of the MonthThis well-balanced Pinot Noir is sure to become a favorite. Aquinas aptly describes their Pinot Noir as having, “aromas of cherry reduction, strawberry, vanilla and subtle clove notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is full of fresh cranberry flavors with intricate notes of raspberry tart and toasted marshmallow,” (www.aquinasnapavalley.com). In other words, this Pinot Noir is pretty much delicious. It’s also a great wine to serve with a variety of dishes. To enjoy some great pairing flavor, try it with dishes that involve fennel, mushroom, fresh veggies, or goat cheese.

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You can find this month’s cheese and wine in-store. Simply look for the wine of the month and cheese of the month labels or feel free to ask one of our employees to point them out.

We hope you are able to take a moment to enjoy a great wine and cheese to scare off any of those winter blues and warm up with some delicious flavor!

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Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Cuban Cuisine: Black Beans SoupLooking for a tasty, health-conscious recipe to enjoy this year? Check out this black bean soup recipe.

Nutrition and Vitamins: Iron, Potassium (15% daily value), Vitamin C (15% daily value), and Folate (22% daily value)

 

Black Bean Soup – approx. 4 servings

1 tbsp canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

2 cans (15 oz) of black beans, rinsed

3 cups of water

1/2 cup prepared salsa

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp lime juice

Optional garnish:

4 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream

2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 2-3 minutes, stirring often until the onion begins to soften. Add chili powder and cumin. Stir for 1 more minute. Then add beans, water, salsa and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove soup from the heat and stir in lime juice.

Next, transfer half of the soup to a blender and puree, (Please remember use caution when pureeing hot liquids). Stir the puree back into the saucepan.

Add optional garnish of sour cream and cilantro and enjoy!

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

 

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Did you like this recipe? Have a recipe you’d like to share? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you.

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Steine am WasserAre you ready to make a change?

To continue our series, “Fresh Start”,  featuring helpful New Year’s resolution tips , we sat down with Turning Leaf Acupuncture’s, Samantha Parfrey, to discuss health of the mind and body. Turning Leaf Acupuncture, run by acupuncturist Samantha Parfrey, is located within WildRoots Salon & Studio right next to Hill Country Market. Samantha had many brilliant tips not only for the body, but for the mind vs. body interaction.

Here are some highlights from the interview that we found very beneficial to helping you develop a strong start to your New Year resolutions.

Hill Country Market: What do you feel are sort of the “stepping-stones” to building better habits or taking initiative on New Year resolutions? If it helps, what are some things you recommend to clients?

 Samantha: I first ask clients if they are ready to make a change. Often, just acknowledging that change needs to happen is the first step. Then, we do a full health intake of mind and body to better understand where changes need to happen. We evaluate your strengths and weaknesses to form a powerful plan.

And of course, the next step is to make a plan of action. The worst thing you can do when you’re ready to make a change is to make a list of all the things [to change] and try to do them all at once. Instead, create a manageable plan. Making smaller, manageable changes daily instead of overwhelming yourself can mean all the difference in succeeding at your goals. Asking an expert or a close friend to guide you and hold you accountable to that plan can be a huge help. Make sure it’s someone who will hold you accountable, but not make you feel guilty or shamed. We tend to do enough of that to ourselves already. It’s important to seek guidance from someone who will encourage you along the way.

Hill Country Market: What is the importance between connecting mind and body when trying to make a change?

Samantha: Here at Turning Leaf and in the Salon & Studio, we often run by the motto, “Where your mind goes, your body follows”, and it’s entirely true. Whenever you are looking to make a change for your body, having a great mind-body connection makes all the difference. Often, you need to first be consciously aware and thinking of those bad habits you need to change. Think strongly on how to change them and begin to change your mindset for the better; thinking in a more positive and practical light on how to make those changes. Then, your body will be able to follow.

Also, keep in mind, it takes twenty-one days to break a habit or form a new one. If you can get through twenty-one days in strong form and with a great foundation, it can be the perfect stepping stone for achieving your plan for the long-term.

Hill Country Market: What are some recommendations you have specifically for food and the body?

Samantha: I definitely recommend eating for the season. Eating foods that work well with the current environment and season you are in can really benefit you. For example, in the winter, eating more fresh root crops, (especially if you can find locally grown), is great. Another tip for the winter would be to eat more warm foods and soups that will help nourish you and give you energy.

Along with that, getting in the habit of buying fresh as often as you can will make a world of difference. Having more fresh foods with fewer preservatives can help keep you feeling great both physically and mentally. This can often be a challenge and not necessarily because there aren’t places to get fresh food, but because it cam be difficult to get in the mindset of eating fresh. We’re often bombarded with advertisements asking us to do otherwise. One tip is to look at healthy or fresh eating cookbooks or boards on Pinterest for recipes utilizing fresh eating. Doing so can help get you in the mindset of eating fresh. If you see healthy foods and recipes that truly look and sound delicious, it can help trigger ideas and put you in the mood to try more fresh ingredient based recipes and foods.

Another tip that ties in with the plan of action we were talking about earlier is analyzing how you reward yourself after accomplishing part of your plan. Rewarding yourself after doing something good for your body is great, but if you commonly reward yourself with sweets or alcohol, I’d say to try something different. Either try a new food or recipe that tastes just as rewarding, but is a much healthier option or find alternative ways to make your favorite treat a bit healthier. Some other forms of rewards could be: going to a class such as a yoga class, enjoying an evening with friends laughing and relaxing or going to a unique event together, letting yourself have a pampering at a salon, and of course, acupuncture can be a great reward. Acupuncture not only helps you relax, but it’s also a great way to connect the mind and the body more deeply.

We hope this interview provided you with some more tips and insights for the New Year. If you have some of your own tips, ideas, or healthy eating recipes you’d like to share, simply make a comment on this post and we may share your response here on our blog and throughout Facebook, Twitter, and more!

If you are looking for guided help to accomplish your goals for the New Year, Turning Leaf Acupuncture and WildRoots Salon & Studio have many programs and expertise focused around life style change and weight management. You can call the salon and studio at 262.586.0199 for more information or click the links below to view their websites. And of course, you can always contact Turning Leaf Acupuncture or WildRoots Salon & Studio for general information regarding getting a healthy start and making changes for the New Year.

Turning Leaf Acupuncture —-> http://turningleafacu.com/

WildRoots Salon & Studio —-> http://www.wildrootssalem.com/#!/pageHome

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

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Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

With the start of the New Year, we know many of you have terrific resolutions to invest in healthier habits. Especially when it comes to our bodies. Investing in better eating habits, eating more organic and preservative free, or eating and buying local (which supports the local economy, farms and businesses), can be a great start. Wherever you’d like to make changes, we’d like to help you as we begin the new year.

Throughout the month of January, we’ll share tips, ideas, and recipes here on our blog to help you get the start you need. If you have some tips of your own, (and not only food, but body/exercise, mental, or more), feel free to share them by commenting on the, “Fresh Start”, posts, and we may feature your tips, recipes, and ideas here on our blog for other readers to benefit from.

Let’s begin the new year with great resolutions and a great community to help us accomplish them!

To begin, here’s a delicious and nutritious recipe from the HCM kitchen. This soup is a popular favorite at the market and is filled with plenty of veggies and nutrients. It’s a feel good soup!

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Enjoy and don’t forget to follow the Hill Country Market blog for more posts like this and leave your comments of other tips, recipes, and ideas. We’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

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Wine Tasting: Thursday, December 18

Join us for HCM’s monthly wine tasting! This month’s wine theme is Winter Holiday Wine. We’ll be sampling delicious wine that will make a great addition to any of your upcoming holiday celebrations. At each wine tasting, our chef creates fantastic appetizers for you to enjoy.

Make it a night out with friends or a date night. When you attend the tasting, you’ll receive a $5 Off coupon to use in Hill Country Market for the evening.

Sign up with a friend or two, (or three, or four), and everyone in your group will receive $5 off the tasting fee.

Come enjoy great wine, appetizers, and holiday cheer!

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To sign up for this event, stop in or call 262.537.4867.

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Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Senior Citizen Discount Every Tuesday!

We love our Senior Citizen’s! That’s why, every Tuesday, Senior Citizen’s now receive 10% off their purchase.

Stop by today!

senior citizen special

*This offer excludes liquor.

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Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Santa is Coming to HCM!

Enjoy a day with Santa at Hill Country Market! Sunday, December 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Bring the kids to visit Santa and enjoy free hot chocolate.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.