Farmer offers latest in buy local movement

Farmer Deane and Bellah show off some fast growing veggies for this spring’s dinning pleasure.

By BETH ALTENA The food you ate for dinner last night traveled to you from places farther than your last vacation if your shopping patterns are typical. Farmer Deane Brengle offers what he believes is a better option. “Community-supported agriculture is a new way to buy vegetables in season,” he stated. Last year Deane visited […]

Grillapalooza a chance to sample, learn, listen

Top male choir in United States to be featured at Saturday event   Songs, samples, grills and grub will be found at the eighth annual Grillapalooza kick-off to the summer grilling season at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Drive in Rockford. Just as exciting, the event will be a chance to hear the number one-ranked United […]

Robinettes shines at cider contest

Robinette’s recently competed in the 7th Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition, sponsored by the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association (  The competition was held March 23rd and 24th in Grand Rapids, Mich., from which Robinette’s brought home 4 different medals. At the competition the Barzilla’s Brew Hard Cider received a bronze, the […]

“Food Art”— local food for local people

Surrounded by friends and well-wishers, Chef Robin Toldo offers up a sample of fresh organic goat cheese at the soft pre-opening of Food Art in Belmont.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Is there anyone in the greater Rockford area who hasn’t taken a cooking class hosted by Chef Robin Toldo? If not, all is not lost for soon you will be able to have all your cooking queries answered face to face by the charming and delightful Chef Robin in her […]

Treat yourself, help raise for charity on Donut Day


Bostwick Bakery to donate 25 percent of week’s take to Cancer Society by BETH ALTENA It can be argued that any morning can be improved by a cup of coffee and a donut, and from May 28 to June 3, stopping in to Bostwick Bakery for your daily dose of caffeine and sugar will also […]