Sweet Corn Season at HCM and the Benefits of Buying Local

Fresh Picked Corn on the CobIt’s that great time of year when freshly picked produce is in season, and you can find it here at HCM! We know local quality and great taste is important to you. That’s why we have produce grown right here by our sister company, Breezy Hill Nursery.

It doesn’t get much better than enjoying delicious veggies in the summer, whether they’re eaten fresh, grilled or sautéed. And having them locally grown is all the better.

Some reminders on the benefits of purchasing locally grown food:

Supports Your Local Community & Economy – When you purchase local food, you’re investing your money in what is important to you. You’re having a direct impact on what effects you and those you care about. In the big picture, you are supporting local families and businesses and boosting your local economy. Just a little bit of spending locally goes a long way! The stigma is out there that buying local means spending more, but this is not always the case. Food that is in season and has little distance to travel is often cheaper. If you are paying a bit more, it may benefit you to ask the question, isn’t it better to know that your money is going to build up your community and you’ll see it making a difference?

Connects You, The Customer – Purchasing local often gives you the opportunity to engage with and even build a relationship with those growing your food. You can have an impact on what you want to see as a customer and have greater knowledge about what you are purchasing.

Frankly, It Tastes Better. No really! – When food is fresh, recently harvested and didn’t have to travel long distances in preservatives and other packing materials, it simply tastes better. It also encourages you to eat what is in season and this benefits your body, greatly.

So, savor this time of year that the weather is warm, delicious local foods are in season and winter is still a distant thought. Find just what you need here at HCM and enjoy this time with friends and family. Make the cookouts great and the memories greater.

Sweet Corn – $5.00 for a baker’s dozen

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Other Veggies Grown By Breezy Hill Nursery Available:

Zucchini – 2 for $1.00

Cucumbers – 3 for $1.00

Jalapeno – $1.99/lb

…And more! Visit us today and support local.

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New! July – August ‘Events on the Hill’

Ready to enjoy the summer weather? We’re here to help with a fantastic lineup of events. Don’t miss out on delicious wine tastings with appetizers, colorful floral container workshops, outdoor yoga sessions and more. Take a look and find just what you need to relax and savor your summer.

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We look forward to seeing you at one (or several), of our ‘Events on the Hill’! Don’t forget, if one of the above events requires pre-registration, please do so before the event date as it often means we have food or materials to prepare per guest or limited spacing for the event.

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National Salad Month at HCM: Week 4!

2 Patio 2015_Web_LogoIt’s the final week of National Salad Month and we’re wrapping things up with an absolutely delicious salad you have to try. Stop by and enjoy it along with the beautiful weather and our outdoor patio. It’s the perfect combination!

Asian Salad

Marinated Pears-Teriyaki Chicken-Wasabi Peas-Shredded Carrots– Sesame Vinaigrette

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Plus, don’t forget about our fantastic salads that can be found on our menu, year round.

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National Salad Month at HCM: Week 3

National Salad Month continues with our salad special for the week of May 16 – May 22. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop in to enjoy our delicious salad of the week. It’s the perfect salad for the warming weather!

Mediterranean Salad

Lettuce & Spinach Mix-Kalamata Olives-Cucumbers-Feta Cheese – House-Made Mediterranean Vinaigrette

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National Salad Month at HCM: Week 2!

We’re continuing to celebrate National Salad month here with a new salad of the week. We love the combination of fresh raw veggies combined into a colorful array of a salad and we know you do too! So come celebrate with us! Try our salad of the week or any of our regular menu salads.

This week’s featured salad (05/09):

Chicken Taco Salad

Lettuce-Tomatoes-Shredded Chicken-Avocado and Cheddar Cheese

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Wine Tasting and Cooking Event: Recipes Continued

If you’re still looking for holiday appetizer ideas, look no further! The rest of the delicious recipes from our Wine Tasting & Cooking Demo Event are concluded below. These final three appetizer recipes are bursting with flavor and make the perfect addition to your holiday gathering.

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Wine Tasting_demo_GermanChocolateCakeDon’t forget! At HCM, you can find the ingredients for these recipes plus the perfect ingredients for making your holiday celebration one of a kind. We offer a wide selection of cheese, sausage, wine, beer and craft beer, chocolates and sweets, fresh and frozen meats and more!

Christmas Products_WebPick up a delectable treat, gift card or culinary gift for the foodie in your family today!

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Cooking Tips from Chef Kate: Mise En Place

Utensils_FormChef Kate has a wealth of helpful little tips that make a big difference in the kitchen. Take a look at this week’s helpful tips and try applying them to your kitchen experience.

Ingredients & Prep:

“Mise En Place…French word, (since I graduated from a French culinary school), meaning, get all your ingredients together and ready to roll!!!!!”

Cooking:

gemüsekorb“Anytime you use raw onions in a cold salad, guacamole, salsa, etc., be sure to rinse the onions under cold water first then blot or shake from a strainer to rid the water residue. This will get rid of the sulfurous gas that can make your salad or salsa taste too potent.”

-Chef Kate, Hill Country Market

Have a cooking question for Kate? Feel free to submit your question in our comments section below!

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Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

Some fresh ideas are always welcome at the New Year. Here’s a tasty, (and healthy), Salsa-Braised Kale recipe to enjoy. Not into kale? Give it a try! You may be surprised.

Nutritional Value: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium.

Yum Value: Extremely Tasty.

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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: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Have a recipe you’d like to share? Please do! We’d love to hear from you.

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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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