We're excited to host the Platteville High School Blue Notes for an hour of Holiday Caroling at the Driftless Market. This has become an annual tradition that we look forward to. Come enjoy holiday refreshments and lots of good cheer!
"Empowered Women Grow Communities"
UPAVIM connects Fair Trade, Handmade, Guatemalan Crafts with our local community. Get a taste of the beautiful hand-made goods by browsing the UPAVIM Crafts website! UPAVIM’s mission: to support the women of La Esperanza in their fight for better economic, healthcare and educational opportunities for themselves, their families and their community.
"We are a group of 75 women who live in the marginalized communities of Búcaro, La Esperanza, El Mezquital and Villa Lobos I and II, in Zone 12 of Villa Nueva. We are all mothers and homemakers. Some of us are widows, some of us have been abandoned by our husbands or we confront alcoholism and/or domestic violence in our families. Many of us are the sole providers of economic support for our families... We developed our handicrafts business, making it our goal to sell to the national and international markets. These early efforts have permitted us to become a self-sustaining Association and to advance toward our dreams.
We would like to thank all the friends of UPAVIM around the world who have come into our lives over the years and enabled us to move forward in our vision. We never could have succeeded and achieved what we have without everyone’s support and encouragement. Our hope is that we will continue to have people who understand our dreams for a better life and want to continue on that journey with us."
Learn how to craft your own lip balm & deodorant with just a few healthy, affordable products. Each student takes home their own tube of lip balm and 4oz jar of deodorant. Sign up at Driftless Market! This workshop is $30 per person, covering both instruction and materials.
Kristen Martinek is a passionate organic farmer, DIYer, artist, and advocate of all things that nurture the healing of our planet & its inhabitants. She resides full time in Madison but finds complete solace on her family's farm, nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Richland County in the heart of the Driftless. Kristen loves to share her passion for natural living by empowering others to take their health into their own hands by crafting their own. For more information, please visit Kristen’s website, enjoythisorganiclife.com.
Stop by to enjoy complimentary warming drinks. We also will have in-store specials, including 15% Off Terra Naturals (fair trade jewelry and scarves from Ecuador), plus 50% off Driftless Market's Fabulous Frozen Soups. Driftless Market is happy be your unique stop for handmade and sustainable gift items, alongside our local and organic grocery items. We can't wait to participate in Main Street's Annual Holiday Stroll!
Join us for Sounds of the Driftless, a special after hours event at Driftless Market. The evening will be full of music and spoken lyrical beauty, each of the three acts exploring this unique area of the country we call home.
Curt Meine, featured guest and co-editor of the The Driftless Reader, will read aloud from this newly published, acclaimed anthology. The Driftless Reader collects original source material from early travelers to the Driftless Region. Meine will be around afterwards to sign copies, available through Driftless Market. Check out the The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s stunning review to learn more.
John Peterson, assistant professor of biology at UW-Platteville, isn’t just your average professor. He’ll bring his smooth voice and favorite stringed instrument to the middle act of the evening. His folksy, original music can be found at http://johnpeterson.bandcamp.com/
Evan Larson, an associate professor of geography at UW-Platteville, will open the evening by reading a selection inspired by his work and passion for local nature. You can read his recent article, What is Wildness, in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine
This is a free event, open to ages 12+. Driftless will provide hors d'oeuvres and sparkling non-alcoholic drinks. For those interested in continuing socializing after the event, folks can head over to the new 2nd & Main Coffeehouse and Pub just down the street.
Sounds of the Driftless is from 7-9pm, on Friday, December 1st. Don’t be late! You’ll want to make sure you take your seat before the performance begins.
November is Farm to Table Month at Driftless Market! Come meet Annie, from Equal Exchange, and taste test a variety of organic, Fair Trade chocolates.
Annie can share info on the farmer coops Equal Exchange works with, and as well as the independent supply chain that gets the chocolate from farm to store to table. We love chocolate. Even more: we love chocolate that is good for both the environment AND the folks who help create it!
Come learn all about chickens! Whether you are interested in a few backyard laying hens, raising some birds for your own meat, or just curious about these fascinating creatures - join us on Saturday, November 4th at 1:30 p.m. to talk chicken! Topics will include: getting started, health, housing, nutrition, and all-around general flock practices. Sign up to make sure you get a spot! The workshop costs $6, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society.
The facilitators are Angie and Bill Mitchell. Angie & Bill grow organic garlic at 3 Flat Acres and share their barnyard with 3 mini donkeys, 6 cats, and anywhere from 15 to 60 chickens.
Come stop by Driftless Market and meet Sandra Frye, author of the memoir African Dreams.*
Following a life-long dream to teach and serve others, twenty-three-year-old Sandra Frye served alongside her husband in the Peace Corps in Malawi, East Africa in 1969. They accepted what their Peace Corps director referred to as "the hard luck post," being the only white teachers in a small secondary school on remote Likoma Island. Sandy never let go of her desire to help others, despite battling loneliness, hunger, and lots of snakes. Relying on her passion for teaching and trips off the island to save her, Sandy discovered salvation in the friendship and love of two small Malawian boys.
Sandra's unique and inspiring travel memoir chronicles her time spent nurturing and learning from Goodwin and Hastings. From the first page, you'll be drawn to her story about love, loss, and redemption. The unexpected kinship between people of vastly different ages and cultures lies at the heart of this journey, offering hope that the search for peace is not in vain.
*Sandra wrote part of her memoir while sipping coffee Above the Market here at Driftless Market!
We love participating in Sweet Treats on Main each year! This annual event is a free trick or treating adventure at the businesses along Platteville's Main Street. Come bring your little cuties to Driftless for organic candies and lots of smiles. See you then!