Hidden Treasures - February 13, 2012
A winter hike on St. Feriole Island isn't a completely crazy idea. The roads are plowed clear and they're occasionally patrolled by local eagles.
The Local Oven bakery is a new place to warm up and fill up, whether you've hiked or not. It's located a little over half a mile from the Sculpture Park, on the north side of the first full block of commercial buildings east of the Blackhawk Ave. bridge.
There are tables for two at the front window, handily located near the refrigerated treats, and comfortable chairs to lounge in at the rear of the store.
The emphasis here is on local. Bread, rolls, pies and a variety of other baked sweets are prepared in The Sharing Spaces Kitchen of the Crawford County Opportunity Center. The flour is ground at Lonesome Stone Milling in Lone Rock, Wisconsin, from wheat grown in this area. Hot coffee to drink with snacks comes from the Kickapoo Coffee Company of Viroqua, Wisconsin. There's ice cream too, from Homestead Dairy in Waukon, Iowa.
The bakery is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bacon scones and doughnuts, sweetened with maple syrup, are added to the standard choices every Saturday, known in the bakery as Bakin' Bacon day. The cake of the week, Black Forest in the photograph, is available by the slice to eat in or whole to take home. Lettuce from the Opportunities Blooming Greenhouse can be carried out, along with baked goods, Lonesome Stone Flour and Kickapoo Coffee in cans.
Joe Atkins, MRSP Board Chairperson
Florence Bird, Artist
Mary Dow, Contributions manager