Spring Inexperienced Farm and Meals Tour guarantees a behind-the-scenes take a look at native meals manufacturing

Spring Green Farm and Food Tour promises a behind-the-scenes look at local food production

Heidi Zepeda strikes masa, or corn dough, on a cart to show into tortillas at Tortilleria Zepeda in Lone Rock. The feat, which makes use of an historic Mesoamerican approach to make genuine tortillas, will probably be a cease on Saturday’s Savor the River Valley Farm and Meals Tour.


Madison foodies – it is time to enterprise out west.

That is the phrase of Savor the River Valley, a brand new group of producers and distributors aiming to foster a thriving meals tradition within the higher Spring Inexperienced space.

This Lone Rock firm’s genuine tortillas are in excessive demand at high-end grocery shops and regional eating places.

The group will maintain a Meals and Farm Tour from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, encouraging guests to take a regional driving tour of six hub websites, in addition to 23 different retailers, farms and eating places in Plain, Lone Rock and Spring Inexperienced identical.

Situated 50 minutes west of Madison, Spring Inexperienced will even function the Saturday Farmers Market from 10am to midday. The Spring Inexperienced Normal Retailer, a historic native market and efficiency venue at 137 S. Albany St., will host a free live performance by American/folks group Frequent Chord from 1 to three pm

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Kyle Adams at Wander Provisions

One other cease on Saturday’s Farm and Meals Tour is Kyle Adams’ Wander Provisions, a deli and store in downtown Spring Inexperienced showcasing native meals.


The Farm and Meals Tour is a chance to see a variety of native operations with behind-the-scenes excursions and is a chance to assist native farmers and those that assist them, mentioned Kyle Adams, proprietor of Wander Provisions retailer, simply by throughout the road from the final retailer.

Stocked with native meals, classic decor, and a fridge topped with an indication proclaiming the Midwest is the Greatest, Wander Provisions is a regionally centered deli and grocery that is seeking to assist as many small companies within the state of Wisconsin as doable Adams mentioned. The recent sandwiches are made with regionally sourced meats and cheeses, and the cabinets are full of objects like maple syrup, regionally grown popcorn, and kringle. Freshly made ice cream from one other small enterprise, The Frozen Native, can also be bought inside the retailer.

Making tortillas

Sabrina Pitts, government director of Tortilleria Zepeda, and manufacturing supervisor Jay Anderson pack tortillas on the Lone Rock firm. Guests can get a behind-the-scenes take a look at their course of throughout Saturday’s agricultural and meals tour.


Adams’ catchphrase is Go Outdoors. Have a snack and Wander Provisions is a superb instance of what Savor means to advertise small native companies, collaborate, join, mentioned Patti Peltier, who lives in Spring Inexperienced.

Corn from local farmers

Samples of corn sorted by growers within the space are displayed at Tortilleria Zepeda in Lone Rock.


Peltier, a retired freelance author with expertise in company advertising, is among the many volunteers organizing Savor the River Valley. Along with elevating the profile of producers within the space, the coalition goals to create a tradition of native meals and wine tourism.

Began two years in the past, Savor the River Valley now has the assist of among the space’s high-profile vacationer points of interest, such because the American Gamers Theater and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. The group additionally sponsored a number of cooking courses that rapidly bought out, Peltier mentioned.

Kyle Adams with the map

Wander Provisions proprietor Kyle Adams with a map displaying the place lots of the objects in his store and deli are made.


There are such a lot of younger entrepreneurs on the native meals scene, he mentioned. And they’re all actually nice folks. I simply really feel extra folks ought to learn about them.

Heidi Zepeda through the window

Tortilleria Zepeda co-owner Heidi Zepeda works on the firm’s manufacturing plant she co-founded together with her husband, Julian, in Lone Rock, an hour west of Madison.


For instance, he factors out, how many individuals know {that a} small enterprise in Lone Rock, inhabitants 837, makes handmade tortillas which might be in demand by high-end distributors like Complete Meals Market?

Tortilleria Zepeda, owned by Heidi and Julian Zepeda, makes thick, flavorful tortillas utilizing the traditional Mesoamerican technique of nixtamalization. The tortillas are made with natural corn from small native farms that’s soaked in a single day and floor in a labor-intensive course of that higher preserves the richness, dietary worth, and digestibility of the corn.

Heidi Zepeda prepares the masa

Tortilleria Zepeda co-owner, Heidi Zepeda, prepares corn dough, or masa, to make into tortillas. The corporate’s merchandise are on the menu of many space eating places and bought in grocery shops in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.


The Zepedas met in Mexico, the place Julian labored as a marine biologist. When the couple moved to Wisconsin, they have been lacking one factor: tortillas that tasted like house. The Zepedas started making tortillas for their very own consumption, however the genuine style quickly caught on among the many neighbors and the concept blossomed right into a full-time enterprise.

In 2020, the couple took over a former flour mill in Lone Rock, positioned an hour west of Madison and some miles from the meat farm the place Heidi grew up. They and their small employees, which incorporates Heidi’s sister Sabrina Pitts, now make about 7,000 tortillas a day.

Washing corn at Tortilleria Zepeda

Tortilleria Zepeda co-owner Heidi Zepeda rinses soaked corn earlier than turning it into tortillas as a part of a course of known as nixtamalization, through which the corn is soaked in a single day after which floor to raised protect its taste and dietary worth.


Nixtamalization is a part of the sluggish meals motion, which is what I feel many people are doing, going again to what these cultures and our ancestors have been doing for 1000’s of years and which was good earlier than meals manufacturing grew to become industrialized, Heidi mentioned Zepeda.

Wide shot of Wander Provisioins

Domestically sourced objects are displayed at Wander Provisions in Spring Inexperienced, which will probably be a part of Saturday’s Farm and Meals Tour.


Throughout the Saturday Farm and Meals occasion, Zepedas will lead excursions of Tortilleria Zepeda and clarify the journey their product takes from farm discipline to fork. The enterprise is one in every of six hubs providing a first-hand look, together with:

  • Cedar Forest Cheese: See cheese being made the old style approach with milk from close by natural farms and be taught concerning the artwork of cheesemaking. E5904 Mill St., plain. cedargrovecheese.com
  • Tortilleria Zepeda: See the whole course of of creating nixtamalized artisan tortillas, from corn kernel to completed product. The corporate additionally affords Mezcal tasting occasions by reservation. 304 S. Oak St., Lone Rock. www.tortilleriazepeda.com
  • Savanna Institute: Casual all-day excursions with the employees, who will clarify how the Savanna Institute is incorporating agroforestry into the panorama with hazelnuts and chestnuts. Extra in-depth tour supplied at midday. E6828 Freeway 60, spring inexperienced. savannainstitute.org
  • Brewhaha roasters: See the whole espresso roasting course of from begin to end and style completely different roasts. 515 Rainbow Highway, Spring Inexperienced. www.brewhaharoasters.com
  • Future fruit farm: Go to a family-run orchard specializing in natural heirloom and unique kinds of apples and pears. Orchard treats and ice cream will probably be out there on the farm store. 5363 Knobs Highway, Ridgeway. futurefruitfarm.com
  • Meadow Mill: Be a part of a half-hour tour at 11.30pm or 1pm, or cease by to fulfill farmers and millers at this working-class mill. Additionally promoting freshly floor flours, baked items, cornmeal, soups and extra. 3630 Ridgevue Rd, Ridgeway. www.praatlarkmill.com

Shelves at Wander Provisions

Cabinets of things produced by native producers line Wander Provisions, a deli and sandwich store in Spring Inexperienced.


Twenty-three different bakeries, farms, eating places and specialty meals shops are listed within the Savor the River Valley brochure, out there from space companies.

Maps and extra info are on-line at www.savortherivervalley.org/occasions.