Be Sure To Enjoy: Picnic Season!

The summer weather is in full swing and many of us know that here in Wisconsin, summer sadly won’t last long. Winter will be here before you know it, [cue Alfred Hitchcock’s, “Psycho”, shower scene music].What does that mean for us? It means to not miss a minute of the summer weather. This is an important time of year to get out and spend time reconnecting with friends and family.

One way to do that involves our specialty, great food! In particular, having a picnic. Sharing a meal has traditionally been a way to show trust, friendship and love to those you care for and a picnic combines a delightful meal with the great outdoors. You can’t really go wrong there.

As we wrap up July and head into August, remember to enjoy this last stretch of the picnic season. Here are some of HCM’s favorite basket picks to help get those wheels turning.

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We hope you utilize the rest of the summer and slow down, enjoy great company and of course, some great food never hurts.

Looking for more food ideas for planning a great outing? Stop by HCM and talk with our friendly staff. They’ll help you find just what you need.

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P.S. For a super recipe for fun, add some lawn games to the picnic.

March Cheese and Wine of the Month

We’ve finally made it to March, which means spring weather will soon be on it’s way! In preparation for the warmer weather and flavors of spring, we’ve chosen a tastefully fruity combination for our cheese and wine of the month. You won’t want to miss these delicious flavors.

March Cheese of the Month: 

Clawson, Sunburst, White Stilton with Dried Apricots

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This tasty, mild, White Stilton cheese is coupled with sweet pieces of dried apricots. The combination creates a delightful sweetness which makes this an ideal dessert cheese.

Sunburst is made in England and is created with milk from local farms.

Pairing Sunburst with a favorite white wine is an ideal way to relax at the end of the day.

March Wine of the Month:

Arona, Sauvignon Blanc

Arona_Sauvignon BlancWebWith hints of passion fruit, citrus, and pineapple, this New Zealand wine is sure to delight. It’s a well-balanced wine that you can enjoy with seafood or chicken dishes as well as salads and appetizers. Arona’s unique and complex flavors have made this a popularly known wine that is great for a quiet night on the patio or to share at a party or gathering.

Arona is also a certified sustainable wine.

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Stop in today and get these wonderful flavors to enjoy and remind you of the coming spring season!

You can find our cheese and wine of the month in-store. Just look for the wine of the month and cheese of the month labels or ask an employee the next time you’re in.

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Celebrating the Earth

Planting PeppersAs many of you know, this week had two major Earth celebration days. Earth Day, which was this past Tuesday, and Arbor Day, which takes place on the last Friday in April, (today!).  These two days allow us to focus on the Earth and all that it provides. In our busy lives we often forget to stop and think about how everything we use, draw energy from, and consume comes from the resources on our planet. Also, we forget that without conscious care and moderation, these resources could become a scarcity. So, this week really got us thinking about our environmental stewardship as a company.

Hill Country Market is located next to Breezy Hill Nursery, who partnered with local area schools this week to plant trees and discuss the importance of Arbor Day with the students. We know Breezy Hill is always invested in the care of the environment, but what are some things Hill Country Market does?

At Hill Country Market we feature a variety of organic products. Not only that, but our produce, meat, tea and coffee come from environmentally conscious companies that we are proud to partner with. We are constantly considering what we can do as a store to minimize waste and run cleanly. The product we bring in and make, seeks to call attention to the Earth and what it provides by featuring more natural ingredients.

While we can always improve, we appreciate that Earth Day and Arbor Day serve as reminders to continue being environmentally conscious.

Have a great weekend!

-Hill Country Market

Endangered Species Chocolate Has A Lot Of Heart

With all the Valentine’s Day buzz this month, we decided it was the perfect time to feature one of the chocolate products we carry here at Hill Country Market, Endangered Species Chocolate. Not only is their product sweet and delicious, but it also has a lot of heart behind it.

Endangered Species Chocolate is natural and ethically traded chocolate that supports plant and animal endangered species. “Every time you purchase a bar, you raise support for species and habitats worldwide. Each year, Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10% of net profits to environmental non-profits that are focused on wildlife conservation and habitat preservation” (Endangered Species Chocolate, http://chocolatebar.com/pages.php?pageid=51) Every three years they partner with new conservation non-profits. The current conservation non-profits include the American Wildlife Foundation and The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

To make their mission even sweeter, their product is created ethically and with a focus on sustaining the communities, habitats, and species where their cacao is sourced.

To learn more about Endangered Species Chocolate, visit their site at chocolatebar.com where you can read about their mission and story, environmental stewardship, and even about the health benefits of dark chocolate.

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We hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Happy Monday!

-Hill Country Market