The Waldvogel family has been planting pumpkins without incident each fall for the past 25 years. This year, however, something peculiar happened. Their 10-acre pumpkin patch yielded pink pumpkins. Before you blame the supernatural or last spring's pink-lemonade spill, know that the Waldvogels grew the pumpkins to promote awareness of breast cancer and raise money for breast-cancer research.
Once you've taken the complimentary hayride out to the pumpkin patch and picked a pumpkin—pink or orange—there's still plenty to do around the farm. Youngsters can sample the 16 attractions, including a 6-acre corn maze, a train ride, and a miniature golf course. Older visitors can browse the market's squash and jams, the bakery's apple pies, and the apple kitchen's fixings for creating your own caramel apple.
Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters Café achieved a milestone in 2007. In only 365 days, their staff roasted more than one million pounds of coffee beans, or the equivalent of roughly 10 million last-minute term papers. And they continue to rack up impressive numbers on a daily basis. They consistently roast more than 100 types of singe-origin, blends, and Fair Trade-certified beans from across the world, and for some batches, they add more than 40 specialty flavors, including mint, chocolate, and cinnamon.
Some of these freshly roasted beans travel to retailers throughout the midwest, though much of the coffee stays on-site to the delight of local patrons. At the cafe, baristas serve food and pour countless cups of Berres Brothers' most popular flavor, Highlander Grogg: an indulgent blend of caramel, butterscotch, and hazelnut. Additionally, their retail shop brims with the aromas of Berres Brothers' full selection, as well as coffee gear such as grinders and french presses.
The Wisconsin Cheese Man has been has been filling empty stomachs and dressing empty crackers with their high quality cheeses, spreads, and snacks since 1947. Each party-perfect, three-pronged option includes a half pound of cheese carefully matched with sweet and salty compliments, along with a marble cheese slicer ($15), saving you the exasperating trouble of provoking the cheese onto your cracker with excessive pretzel prodding.
More than 50 wines at Wine Maniacs on the River stand at attention to be served by the glass or bottle. The bistro updates its food menu quarterly with dishes that celebrate the seasons and complement its complex varietals, using gourmet ingredients such as Wisconsin artisan cheeses. Small plates make creative use of such ingredients, with options that may include calamari spaghetti or duck-confit tacos ornamented, like a scarecrow's frankfurter, with corn relish.
Nice weather draws diners outdoors onto the patio overlooking the Milwaukee River, where they can sip while admiring the Water Street Bridge and views of the city from the 5th Ward. Guests can also stock up on their favorite elixirs at the establishment's retail shop, which sells wines by the case.
Being a health-conscious foodie can be a challenge, because it’s not always easy to determine the history of how and where food is produced. The owners of Armstrong Apples Orchard and Winery have created such a narrative for their clients, growing fruit deeply rooted in their commitments to community and homegrown produce.
Sixteen years ago, they planted their first apple orchard, calling on friends and neighbors aged 8 to 80 for help. Since then, the farm has expanded and now grows 14 varieties of apples, peaches, pears, and grapes, which they serve fresh, baked into pies and turnovers, and pressed into their award-winning wine. Of these libations, apple wine is the owners' specialty, and it ranges from the very dry—best paired with meat—to the cinnamon sweet—best paired with Halloween costumes.
In addition to fresh fruit, baked goods, and adult beverages, the farm boasts entertainment for kids and adults alike, including a playscape and a zorb ball, which is a 12-foot high hamster-ball-like contraption that guests climb inside to travel across an open 5-acre field.
Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates made a deep impression on modern medicine—he inspired the oath that all physicians swear to before offering their talents to the world. Naturopathic doctor Renee Waters believes that "do no harm" is one of the most important precepts that Hippocrates ever penned. Since 1984, she has helped patients improve their health without introducing them to potentially harmful artificial drugs or invasive procedures, such as surgery or food-pyramid tattoos. Instead, she employs natural techniques, including reflexology and herbal medicine, to improve the function of major organs and leaves patients feeling cleansed and energized with detoxifying treatments. One of her most popular treatments is the Ultimate Healing Massage, which incorporates a scalp massage, lymph drainage, and acupressure work. Her naturopathic scope also includes iridology sessions, where she analyzes markings on patients' irises to evaluate physical and psychological health.