Local, Bio-regional or Socially Responsible Vendors
Local & Bio-regional Vendors
By sourcing our purchases locally or with a "bio-regional" perspective, the local economy will benefit most and the "value-added" and unsustainable transportation and packaging costs will be minimized. Recognizing this, Inn Serendipity supports area businesses and forms alliances including the following:
Socially & Environmentally Responsible Vendors
- Organic Valley Family of Farms, La Farge, WI (near the cabin)
For some of the best organic rBGH-free dairy products as well as meat and poultry products, Organic Valley is our top choice. Nationally available at a growning number of mainstream supermarkets, Organic Valley products are produced by a owner-run cooperative of family farms dedicated to humane animal treatment. Their awesome Organic Valley Outlet in La Farge, WI is just a short drive from Inn Serendipity Woods cabin. Many of our recipes are found in our Farmstead Chef or Edible Earth cookbooks.
- Emmi Roth Käse USA Cheese Factory, purchased at the Alp & Dell Cheese Store, Monroe, WI (near the B&B)
Selecting from an assortment of high-quality award-winning foreign-type (European style) cheeses from Green County factories including Emmi Roth Käse USA, Inn Serendipity has created unique culinary recipies, like zucchini feta pancakes or garden-fresh veggie quiche with Emmi Roth Käse's Landhaus Butterkäse or Ostenborg Havarti cheeses, for a delicious twist to the standard breakfast menu. Many of our recipes are found in our Farmstead Chef or Edible Earth cookbooks.
- Country Store, Monroe, WI
When our son needs his fill of Wisconsin brats or if he's hankering for a beef hamburger (and not our beet or walnut burgers), we get them from the Country Store since they feature numerous, high quality, local meat and other products. It's on the way into Monroe off Highway 69.
- Iva and Randall Kauffman Organic Farm, Browntown, WI (near the B&B)
This Mennonite family farm not only supplies Cedar Grove Creamery with organic milk, they produce fantastic maple syrup and honey, which they sell directly from their farm store. To arrange a visit (but not on Sundays), call 608-966-1388 (N3858 County Road M, Browntown WI 53522).
- Willy Street Coop in Madison as well as Whole Foods Market, Madison and Chicago
For our organic raisins, organic peanut butter, unbleached and unrefined sugar, and Thai rice noodles (for John's pad Thai)--among other things--we stock up at Willy Street Food Cooperative or Whole Foods Market. Lisa is a regular workshop presenter at the Willy Street Cooperative; catch one of her "homemade gifts from your kitchen" classes...you won't go hungry.
- Didier's Honey Farm
Occasionally we're lucky to get some honey from Henry Najat in Monroe, honey which seems to taste of the roses that he tends to. When that's not possible, we turn to Didier's Honey Farm of Monroe, WI, for their sweet treat.
- Scotch Hill Farm, Brodhead, WI
Tony and Della Ends know how to make their goats' milk soaps; we use it in our refillable soap dispensers in our guest rooms.
- Brennan's Country Farm Market, Monroe, WI (near the B&B)
Filled with local cheeses, beer, wine and other goodies Wisconsin is known for, Brennan's Market is the place to try a Berghoff beer or Blumers Root Beer, locally craft brewed in Monroe, WI, by the Minhas Craft Brewery, the second oldest operating brewery in the United States, or Spotted Cow, made by the New Glarus Brewing Company.
Where local supplies for some goods, like coffee and tea, was not possible, careful attention was made to select those retailers who fostered fair trade relationships or themselves, operated in a socially or environmentally responsible manner, including:
- Equal Exchange Coffee
A leader in alternative trade organizations, Equal Exchange facilitates fair and responsible trade exchanges with coffee growers from around the world. Inn Serendipity serves their organic, shade grown, Fair Trade certified coffees.