As May is quickly approaching I cannot seem to wait for the farmers markets to open and to have fresh fruit and vegetables again. The ice and snow in the area finally seems to be behind us and with this past weekend’s sunshine it seems that spring is here and it even felt like a glimmer of summer. As we are coming out of hibernation many of us are looking for ways to get or stay in shape this summer and a great way to do this is by taking advantage of some great local attractions and food.
Farmers Markets: There are many farmers markets that are going to be starting up very quickly. Farmers markets are fresh and local so you are not only staying healthy you are also supporting your local economy. I like to buy local vegetables and fruit while they are in season during the summer and fall months and freeze or can them for the rest of the year.
o There are two daily farmers markets that will be starting up in May and go thru October in the Stevens Point area. One is at the Back to the Country Store, which has an outdoor marketplace at their store in Plover on Post Road that has food, plants, furniture, pottery, and much more. The Stevens Point Farmers Market is right in downtown Stevens Point in the public square and has produce, flowers, bakery, and more.
o Iola’s Farmers Market also will begin in May and runs thru October. It is on the corner of Route 49 and Chet Krause Drive. They feature vegetables, fruits, and flowers and have live music on Thursdays in July and August.
o Waupaca’s Farmers Market is on the city square in downtown Waupaca daily from May to October. They have everything local including: meat, honey, produce, pickles, maple syrup, flowers, and more!
Local Trails: Trails are a great way to bike, walk, or run to stay healthy. As weather is warming up the trails will be drying up from the snow. There are lots of trails throughout Portage and Waupaca counties, but two long trails connect the two counties together.
o Green Circle State Trail is 26 miles long and connects with over 20 more miles of smaller trails along the way. It runs along the river as well as through parks. Check out their map to see where the trail connects close to you.
o Tomorrow River State Trail is 29 miles and spreads from Plover at the Green Circle Trail to Manawa in Waupaca County. This trail also has a stretch that allows for horseback riding by the limestone trails. Pets are allowed but need to be on a leash and cleaned up after.
So in our area of Wisconsin we are able to stay healthy in many ways this summer. I love to head to the farmer’s markets and just walk around to enjoy seeing all the beautiful flowers and local artists and farmers. You can stay healthy this summer while also supporting our local economy. Stay local to stay healthy!