Snugly situated on a historic 1881 farm once known as the Schwabenlander Homestead, Mulberry Lane Farm takes its name from an ancient mulberry tree that once served as a favorite playplace for the Schwabenlander children. In those days, the 100-year-old tree was so esteemed that the children were not allowed to climb it while wearing shoes. Because of this rule, it wasn’t uncommon to find Lawrence, Harry, Norbert, and their nine other brothers and sisters swinging from its boughs, their shoes respectfully lined around its base.
Today, children still play in the shadow of that mulberry tree thanks to the founders of Green Meadows Farm, the Keyes family. Close friends of the last of the Schwabenlander boys, the Keyes adopted the farmstead and its original brick farmhouse into their petting farm empire in 2005 but gave it its own identity to honor the legacy of the original owners. Guided tours lead groups around the farm on foot and by hayride, where kids and adults are encouraged to interact and swap salad recipes with the goats, chickens, sheep, and rabbits that call the farm home. Along the way, visitors can learn how to milk cows and ride ponies or practice catching a chicken, then swing by the barn to snuggle kittens and Otis, the 900-pound boar. Before departing, visitors each receive a free souvenir in the spring and summer, and those who come in the fall have the chance to pick their own pumpkins from the 6-acre pumpkin patch.
The certified trainers at Push Personal Fitness propel clients toward fitness goals in classes filled with encouragement and personalized tips. Like a trip to the airport in a clown car, classes are 60 minutes long and can accommodate up to 10 people. Brimming with energizing songs and high-intensity movements, kickboxing classes torch calories as they tone arms, legs, and abs. All-levels boot-camp classes build muscle mass and cardiovascular endurance with functional fitness equipment, such as gymnastic rings, kettlebells, and rowing machines. Yoga classes melt stress with flowing poses designed to cultivate strength, flexibility, and focus. During personal-training sessions, teachers motivate students to boost their heart rates and build lean, healthy muscle with 30-minute high-intensity workout sessions.
For 15 years, the vision-enhancing duo of doctors Clifford A. Beaudoin and Mark C. Wade have expertly inspected peepers for sight problems and eye maladies using state-of-the-art technology in a casual and comfortable office. Subject seeing orbs to the scrutiny of a simple and painless routine eye exam to help prevent concerns such as blurred vision, infections, and soul leakage from going undetected. Both doctors utilize the latest computer gadgetry to precisely measure the length and curvature of the eyeball and calculate a precise prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses. The doctors carry thousands of sample lenses and meticulously test comfort levels until a perfect fit is reached, ensuring eyes remain happy, reliable resources for discerning a ripe banana from an unripe one and an angry grizzly bear from one who’s just excited to see you.
In 1945, brothers John and Leonard Jacobs opened a butcher shop in Appleton and began selling fresh cuts of meat and sausages smoked in their own smokehouses. Current owners Ed Jacobs and his son, Luke, preserve the elder Jacobs' butchering practices in addition to the humble aesthetic of their longtime headquarters. Black-and-white photographs on the walls depict the shop's early years, but the freezers, meat cases, and miniature igloos filled with USDA Choice beef, pork, chicken, and Gulf shrimp are all new. The Jacobs craft German-style sausages in-house and fill natural casings with pork and beef to make their own signature brats. In addition to freshly butchered steaks and meats, patrons can also find aged cheeses and maple syrup native to Wisconsin in the store or take-and-bake pizzas prepared daily.
The Red Radish’s owner Amy Marrazzo firmly believes in the concept of “less is more.” When curating her shop’s stock of breads, fruit, bulk herbs, canned goods, herbal remedies, and beauty products, she seeks out brands that take a minimal approach to processing and flavoring. That includes Good Earth Farms, which supplies her shop with free-range and organic meats, as well as Nature’s Sunshine for herbs and natural supplements. She also takes care to maintain a range of products for a number of dietary needs, such as dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb. For clients’ outer beauty, the store features Good Earth’s soaps, which are handcrafted locally, as well as the locally produced Trillium Organics body products.