Grant County: A Taste of Authentic Wisconsin

This quiet gem offers everything we love most about authentic Wisconsin: spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, recreation galore, fantastic fishing, picture-postcard small towns and mile upon mile of farm-dotted, rolling green hills.

More than Just Horsin’ Around at Main Stay

It’s no small thing when these horse lovers say they have a way of changing lives through animal-assisted therapies. Indeed, a wide variety of clients have achieved personal empowerment while working with this Richmond-area farm’s lovable critters.

Smart Living Weekly – October 18, 2017

  50 Kinds of Apples at Ten Eyck Orchard Right in Our Region: Talk about deep roots. The Ten Eyck family began planting orchards in 1839, nearly a decade before…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 7, 2015

  The ‘Great’ Pumpkin’ Returns Right in Our Region: A Rockford-area icon is back for its 33rd season, with a few surprises and some fresh faces. Lindberg’s Pumpkin Patch, 3178…
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Smart Living Weekly – September 30, 2015

  It’s Apple Season at Ten Eyck Orchard Right in Our Region: Right in Our Region: For the 176th consecutive year, Ten Eyck Orchard is ready for the autumn apple…
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Recreation & Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.

Summer Fun at Outdoor Farmers’ Markets

More and more farmers’ markets are popping up all over our region, ofering not only wonderful produce, but also the pleaure of meeting those folks who grew it. We provide a regional list of the markets and a glimpse of what you’ll find.

Kim Meier: Down on the Farm

Since she got on her first tractor at the age of 5, Kim Meier has had a passion for agriculture. Meet this Freeport farmer, and discover what she loves about the region she calls home.

The Heritage of Barns

Does any symbol represent the Midwest better than barns? From gable to gambrel roof, and monitor to salt box shape, Jon McGinty treks through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois to find these disappearing landmarks.

Success Stories: WillowBend Alpaca Farms

We’ve all heard of woolen stocking and sweaters, but thanks to an inventive couple and a homespun industry, alpacas may be the next big thing. See why this farm inspires others to make an alternative investment.