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2014 Calendar of Events

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Welcome to The Elegant Farmer

The Elegant Farmer is a place for the entire family, featuring family fun events and a variety of delicious specialty foods. Acclaimed by Food & Wine MagazineGourmet Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Food NetworkMilwaukee Magazine and Madison Magazine for having the best pie in America, The Elegant Farmer's Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag® has been its signature item for decades baking more than a quarter of a million pies per year. From its well-known Autumn Harvest Festival to its fun summer events including the Old Fashioned Farm Fair, Blue Ribbon Cheese Fest and Wisconsin Cheesemakers' Train, The Elegant Farmer continues to be one of Southeast Wisconsin's most noted destinations. This family-owned and operated business continues to offer the same quality and excellence it has become known for during its more than 60 years in business. Providing a wonderful shopping experience and simply the best foods from its Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market, the Elegant Farmer is sure to please every one in the family.

"We invite families to come, have fun and share a story about when you visited the Elegant Farmer as a child or create a new family memory by bringing your kids or grandkids."                  Farmers Mike, John, & Keith

2014 Events & Specials

Movies
 National Pie Day Celebration
 January 25
Cherry
 All Things Cherry
 February 1,8,15 & 22
Maple Thumb
 Maple Fest
 March 1,8,15 & 22

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National Π (Pi) Day
March 14

Maple Thumb

Cheep, Cheep Easter Celebration
April 12 & 19

Garden Center

Garden Center
April 25-June 22

Cheese Tasting
  Blue Ribbon Cheese Fest
  June 28 & 29
Santa Train   Wisconsin Cheesemakers' & Wine Train
  June 28
Fair Thumb
  Old Fashioned Farm Fair
  July 19 & 20
Cheese Tasting
  Grand Champion Cheese Tasting & Sale 
  August 30, 31 & September 1
Harvest Thumb
 Autumn Harvest Festival
 Saturdays & Sundays 
 September 6 - October 25
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 Giving Thanks Days
 November 8 & 9
Santa Train  Christmas Express Santa Train
 December 6, 7, 13 & 14

 

2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

JANUARY
National Pie Day Celebration: January 25

apple5.jpgNational Pie Day is dedicated to the celebration and sharing of pie. As part of our national heritage, this celebration is the prefect opportunity to share the love of pie with our fans and loyal customers. Enjoy a FREE slice of Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag on January 25 when you visit the Elegant Farmer with our thanks.  One slice per person with any purchase.

FEBRUARY
All Things Cherry: February 1,8,15 & 22

Throughout the month enjoy special pricing and indulge in All Things Cherry, including cherry pie, cherry applesauce, yogurt covered cherries, frozen Door County cherries and our own cherry juice concentrate. Come in Saturdays, February 1,8,15 & 22 and enjoy cooking with cherries demonstrations and tastings, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

MARCH
Maple Fest: March 1,8,15 & 22

Pancakes with Syrup

Enjoy special pricing on maple syrup products throughout the month. Visit and enjoy maple syrup-making demonstrations by special guest Peter Hatlestad, Nature Director at Covenant Harbor on Saturdays, March 1,8,15 & 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

National Π (Pi) Day: March 14
Honoring the other Π (Pi), we offer a one day special on March 14 with a $3.14 on our 4" inch pie.  Enjoy!

APRIL
Cheep, Cheep Easter Celebration: April 12 & 19

Come enjoy some Cheep, Cheep Family Fun April 12 & 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free family fun event features a 4-H menagerie of bunnies in costume, baby chicks and guinea pigs for petting and enjoying.

Cheep_Cheep_Fun.jpgVisiting The Elegant Farmer at Easter time for more than 10 years, 4-H members educate and introduce children of all ages to the animals they have raised and cared for as part of their 4-H rabbit project. Also enjoy Easter food specials including CiderBaked ham, fresh breads, Easter basket candies, cookies and more.

Garden Center

Garden Center: April 25-June 22

The Garden Center specializes in beautiful, oversized hanging baskets, local vegetable plants, a wide selection of herbs and an expanded variety of tomato, pepper and cold crops. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7 days a week April 25-June 22

JUNE

Wisconsin Blue Ribbon Cheese Fest: June 28 & 29 

Want to taste the best cheese Wisconsin has to offer? Hundreds of cheese lovers come to this annual two-day fest June 28 & 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to taste award-winning cow, sheep, goat and mixed milk cheeses. Crafted and aged to perfection, many of these cheeses delighted the palate of the U.S. Championship’s judges and are sure to delight yours. Joining the Fest this year will be cheese author, Jeanette Hurt with her new book, The Cheese of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide.  Ms. Hurt will be on hand to talk about her book and sigh copies 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. telling you all the ins and outs of finding the best cheese in Wisconsin followed by a book signing.  The Fest is free and open to all.

Wisconsin Cheesemakers' & Wine Train: June 28
As part of the Cheese Fest, three of our state's finest Blue Ribbon cheesemakers' join 100 passagers on board the beautifully restored East Troy Electric Railroad’s Art Deco Dining Car on Saturday, June 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
 Come sample the finest cheeses and hear directly from the cheesemakers during this two hour round trip train ride. Departs from and returns to The Elegant Farmer Depot, Hwys ES & J, Mukwonago traveling through the picturesque woods and charming towns settings of Mukwonago and East Troy, Wis. $39 tickets can be purchased online at www.elegantfarmer.com. Advance reservations are required.  This annual event sells out every year so be sure to make your reservations early.  Makes a great Mothers's and Father's Day gift.

This year's award-winning cheesemakers sharing their stories and sampling their cheeses on the train this year are: Master Cheesemaker Michael Matucheski, Sartori Cheese, Plymouth, Wis. achieving more than 100 cheese competition awards since Sartori’s founding in 1939, this Italian-styled 4th generation creamery features outstanding Bellavitano, Asiago, Fontina, Montamoré and more; Award-Winning Cheesemaker Marieke Penterman, Holland’s Family Cheese, Thorp, Wis. showcasing handcrafted traditional Dutch Goudas which recently won the 2013 Grand Champion of the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest for Marieke Gouda Mature and Artisan Cheesemaker Diana Murphy, Cross Plains, Wis. specializing in farmstead fresh small-batch cheeses made from goat’s milk and cow’s milk aged mozzarella.

The event also features wines from Mukwonago’s Pam’s Fine Wines.  Wine expert, Pam Turner will be on hand to talk about and sample a selection of fine wines paired with the various cheeses.

JULY

Old Fashioned Farm Fair: July 19 & 20

Kids of all ages are invited to the fair to play old fashioned games 11 a.m.-3 p.m. like cloths pin in a bottle, needle in a haystack or participate in the ever-popular pie eating contest.  Take a pony ride or train ride aboard the East Troy Electric Railroad from the Elegant Farmer depot.  Enjoy the fair's farm-fresh roasted corn, grilled brats & hot dogs, ice cream in hand rolled waffle cones, caramel corn and much more.

AUGUST

Grand Champion Cheese Tasting & Sale: August 30, 31 and Sept 1

Straight from the state fair, come taste the best of the best enjoying this year's Grand Champion and Blue Ribbon award-winning artisan and speciality cheeses throughout Labor Day Weekend.  Unique varieties, sampling and special pricing will be offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Autumn Harvest Fest: Saturdays & Sundays, Sept 6-Oct 25

Whether you’re continuing a family tradition or starting a new one this fall, The Elegant Farmer offers a family fun farm experience Saturdays & Sundays.  Please note, Market hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Orchard hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the Autumn Harvest Fest.  Everyone is welcome to the orchard to pick from our 12 varieties of apples right from the tree or enjoy selecting the prefect pumpkins from the patch. Enjoy beautiful fall colors aboard a tractor-pulled hayride, pony ride or train ride.  The East Troy Electric Railroad's turn-of-the-century train departs Saturdays and Sundays from and returns to The Elegant Farmer Depot. With a NEW design each year, come enjoy our 5-acres family-friendly corn maze.  While visiting don't forget to taste or take home our delicious specialty foods including cider, make-your-own caramel apple, warm cider donuts, pulled pork and chili, just to name a few favorites.  Hope to see you on the farm!!!!

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NOVEMBER

Giving Thanks Days: November 8 & 9

Long a supporter of area families in need, The Elegant Farmer hosts its annual Giving Thanks Days.  Come in and prepare for your Thanksgiving holiday a little early by purchasing your favorite pie (which freeze nicely) and help a neighbor in need. For every pie (8 inches or larger) sold on Giving Thanks Days, November 8 or 9, The Elegant Farmer gives a portion of the pie sales to the local area food pantries.

DECEMBER

Christmas Express Santa Train: December 6,7,13 & 14
Ride the rails with Santa Claus and enjoy Christmas stories and treats along the way. Tickets for the 45 minute Christmas Express are available on the East Troy Railroad website www.easttroyrr.org or by calling 262-642-3263.

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