Within a matter of minutes of tucking her in "for the night" and then myself I hear the unmistakable sound of a sick cat. Up again, seeking out the mess. One does not need to stumble upon it early the next morning. By 4am I am attempting to sleep. Mission accomplished ..... for about 1 hour. At 5:00 am my son, nearing 4 years old, cries out in his sleep. Apparently dreaming that his little sister is stealing his plastic snakes, I find myself searching the house for these toys in order to get my "earlier riser" child to stay asleep.
My dear husband (who was up with my daughter and I from 12am - 3am too) got up with our son at 7am, and once our daughter was awake, he ushered both of them out the door. Mama slept until 11am. I missed the market. No stories of summer bounties frozen for January.
Yet my DNA seems to require a farm experience on the weekend, and so I opted for Plan B: Peck's Market East. Sunday afternoon, while my husband caught up on the work he missed Saturday morning while I slept, I packed up my little family for a 30 minute drive to the Village of Spring Green on Highway 14. On the outskirts is a great roadside market, complete with deer park. And that park includes bison, a donkey, goats, pheasants, deer, pigs, a cow and much more. There is no admission, and the store offers a great selection of local products. After checking in on our animal friends, my son helped me shop. Included in our purchase was: wild rice, honey, maple syrup, and popcorn, all from Wisconsin. We also snagged fresh blue berries, corn, and zucchini.
If you find yourself in that neck of the woods, I highly recommend Peck's. The area is full of amazing attractions and cultural events, all of which have a steep admission fee. Peck's offers simple, inexpensive fun. Weekends include free wagon rides, and the place is a fall bonanza once pumpkins are ready for selection. Here are a few pictorial highlights from Plan B.
|Llama keeping cool in the mud. Our heat wave broke, but it was near 90 on our visit.|
|Getting up close to the reason Wisconsin is the "dairy state".|
|Cuteness makes me reconsider vegetarianism again.|
|Released from the double stroller, the Gervasi kids clamor to get a better view of the ducks.|
|Peck's East -- not sure of the back story with Peck's West.....I think there was a family feud (seriously).|
|We have the makings of a future cook.....or at least an adult who is comfortable with purchasing and preparing food. These little carts are pure genius on the part of Peck's.|