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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Wake Up! With Delicious Summer Coffee Bar Flavors

It’s time to savor the summer season with our delicious coffee bar flavors. Made with Wisconsin local, Anodyne Coffee, these seasonal drinks are sure to help you wake up and add a bit of pep to your step. Stop by HCM today and relax at our cafe or on our beautiful patio. Don’t forget to bring along some friends. Delicious flavor like this is meant to be shared!

Enjoy any of these tasty drinks hot or iced.

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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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Upcoming HCM Event: Dress-Up Tea Party

We know it’s a busy time of year. That’s why it’s all the more important to take a breather and do something to relax. This Sunday, August 30th at 4:00pm, Hill Country Market is hosting a Dress-Up Tea Party. Wear your best tea time outfit from any era and enjoy an afternoon tea with tea time foods. This event will also be hosted by Sam, our neighbor from Turning Leaf Acupuncture. Sam will be discussing some of the many health benefits of the teas you’ll get to enjoy at the event.

Bring along your friends, dress to impress and chat over tea on our patio. We’d love to see some beautiful hats and other fun tea time outfits!

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This event is $12/person. Please, pre-register so we can be sure to have enough lovely antique tea cups and delicious tea time treats ready for you.

This is an outdoor event on our patio. In the case of inclement weather we will move indoors or a ‘rain day’ will be arranged.

Come have a fun day out before the busy, upcoming Labor Day Weekend. We’d love to have you join us!

Call us at 262-537-4867 to sign up today. Sign up ends on Friday, August 28th at 12pm.

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California Dreaming: August Cheese and Wine of the Month

With all the sunny weather we’ve had lately, it makes all of us Wisconsinites feel like we’re in California. We’ve been enjoying lovely warm and sunny weather, delicious summertime foods and fresh produce, palm trees…ok, maybe not palm trees. But still, it’s been an uplifting week of weather. So, it’s only natural that we picked our cheese and wine of the month to fit the Californian mood.

(And don’t worry. While this cheese is pretty great, we all know that Wisconsin cheese is still king.)

Cheese of the Month:

Vella Cheese Co. Dry Monterey Jack Cheese

Vella’s award-winning Dry Monterey Jack Cheese is made like a fresh Monterey Jack and aged another 7-10 months. This balanced and mild cheese is suitable for a variety of uses and pairs well with both red and white wines (however, we’d like to recommend a delicious Pinot Noir). With a firm texture, pale yellow coloring and a sweet nutty flavor, it’s perfect for shredding over pasta or tacos or slicing up for a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich. Of course, it also makes for a great eating cheese with a glass of wine.

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Wine of the Month:

Pennywise, Pinot Noir, 2012

This deep ruby-hued wine offers rich aromas of rose petal, fresh-baked blueberry pie, wild cherry and toasted cedar. At first taste, a bit of tartness, which then mellows out to the taste of vanilla, French oak, wild huckleberry and toasted marshmallow. Ultimately, this wine wraps up with a playful balance of the flavors. Pennywise Pinot Noir’s rich flavor is perfect for winding down on a summer evening. Our recommendation: Pair with a Dry Monterey Jack grilled cheese sandwich topped with fruit preserves.

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Pick up our cheese and wine of the month and enjoy them for yourself! After all, now is the time to relax in the sun on your patio and chill out, man.

*Please drink Wine of the Month responsibly.

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Love cheese? Then don’t miss our FREE Cheese Tasting on Saturday, August 8th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm! Sample cheese from around the world that can be found in our great selection of cheeses at HCM. Discover something new so you can impress your guests at your next party with a fantastic and classy cheese plate.

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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: Organization is a Skill

Utensils_FormReady for some more of Chef Kate’s helpful cooking tips? We thought so. That’s why Chef Kate has more quick tips to offer you this week to help you utilize your cooking time and to make your summer foods work best for you.

Ingredients & Prep:

“Organization is a skill! Make sure you’re always organized in the kitchen, it Neat and orderly Residential kitchenmakes for a better planned meal and execution.”

Cooking:

Here are some helpful tips that are perfect for the summer and picnic season —

1). “To make a fantastic sandwich, spread the dressing from corner to corner on the Smokey Orchard 043 edit2_Webbread. Every bite should be flavorful!”

2). “For a rich creamy dressing made healthy, sub half of the mayo with Greek-style yogurt.”

– 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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July Cheese and Wine of the Month

The summer weather is here and now it’s the perfect time to indulge in the bold and decadent flavors of the season. Enjoy great food with friends and family and make this summer one of your finest. We’ve chosen this month’s cheese and wine with the intent of spoiling you. So take a look and then stop in to get them and enjoy with loved ones.

Cheese of the Month:

Saint André Triple Creme Soft-Ripened Cheese

If summer is the perfect time to indulge in bold, rich flavors then Saint André Triple Creme does not disappoint. This French cheese, made from pasteurized cow’s milk, offers a deliciously buttery taste. If you’re looking to treat yourself this summer, this is one cheese you’ll want to have on your plate. Just listen to this dreamy description from Ile De France,

“As dense as pure butter and with the richest of flavors, the tongue-pleasing salty tang derives from the ocean air blowing through the pâturages of the Normandy coast. Produced in the shadow of the mystical island of Mont Saint-Michel, St. André cheese is just as breathtaking as the landscape of the surrounding Cotentin Peninsula” (Ile De France, St. André, www.iledefrancecheese.com).

In other words, yum. Be sure to pick up Saint André Triple Creme today.

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Wine of the Month:

Château Grande Cassagne Rosé

This Rosé, originating from France, will make a great addition to your summer table. Rosé wines are ideal to have on hand in the summer as you enjoy a variety of foods, often all at once. Maybe you’re having steak, seafood and salad at your next house party, so grabbing a delicious Rosé to keep the palate nice and balanced is a no-brainer. Adding a fruit bowl to that dinner? Try also adding some fruit such as raspberries, strawberries or orange to your Rosé to give it just the right touch. Château Grande Cassagne Rosé boasts tangy cherry and blood orange flavors with hints of spice. Just the right flavors to match the feeling of summer.

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*Please drink wine of the month responsibly. 

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New! July-August Calendar of Events

Enjoy the summer in style with exciting, Events on the Hill, from Hill Country Market, Breezy Hill Nursery, WildRoots Salon & Studio and Turning Leaf Acupuncture.

Check them out!

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Hard copy of our calendar of events is also available in-store at each location.

*Activity times for Kid’s Day to be announced on Facebook and Webpages:

Hill Country Market Facebook – www.facebook.com/HillCountryMarket

Hill Country Market Website – www.hillcountrymarket.net

Breezy Hill Facebook – www.facebook.com/BreezyHillNursery

Breezy Hill Website – www.breezyhillnursery.com

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It’s Grill Season at HCM!

Last weekend kicked-off our grill menu season here at Hill Country Market. Now, every weekend from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, you can come enjoy your favorite grill foods. Our grill features local, quality meats full of great flavor.

HCM Grill Menu:

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Like variety? So do we! That’s why our grill menu will be changing up now and then throughout the summer. Plus, we’ll be adding veggies from our garden like our corn on the cob. You can now find our menu and grill menu on the left sidebar here on our blog so you can stay up-to-date on what’s new at the grill.

So come relax on our patio, enjoy tasty grill favorites and soak in the warm weather this weekend. We’d love to see you at the market!

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