Scents and Sensibility

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) “Pee-yew,” squawked Al very loudly. “That guy smells like a male antelope marking his territory.” Shhh, Al. He might hear you.” “He’s wearing headphones,” said Al. Al and I were on the treadmill . . . “A really dumb machine, if you ask me,” said...

Alsum’s Roadside Stand

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) We could have gotten our pumpkins from a store, but Alsum’s roadside stand looked like much more fun. They have these paintings of pumpkins with holes which the humans stick their heads into for a picture. “Heads?” said Al, “humans only have one head!” “But...

Scales Family Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) We are Martice, Amy, Mason and Maxwell Scales. We are a family that is on a mission to live life as fully and as naturally as possible by getting back to nature and farming. Al and I are going to try something different today. First...

Aromatic Acres: Food for the Soul

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) These lovely flowers are from Aromatic Acres, a chemical-free urban garden located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Using regenerative growing practices – no tractors polluting the air and disrupting the soil, no fertilizer runoff, no harm to neighbors and downstream communities – they protect the balance of...

Alice’s Garden Farmers Market

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) The red sun dropped out of sight as Al and I walked out the gate of Alice’s Garden. “That was a beautiful evening,” I said with a sigh. This was the Tuesday evening farmers’ market/neighborhood get-together/celebration of family and friends, good food and hope for...

The Tandem

WE CLOSED AS HELL WE MAY BE CLOSED FOR CUSTOMERS, BUT WE DOIN BIG THINGS…             TO KEEP THE MOVEMENT ALIVE + CHECK OUT TANDEM 20/20 One of the most hopeful ideas that Al and I have discovered is that life does find a way. “I thought we were...

Round, Round, Get Around, We Get Around!

We got around to a couple farmers’ markets on Saturday. We saw our friend Elliott, the Tosa Farmers Market manager, soon after we entered the market. “Hippo and Al!” he said. I think he was happy to see us. We bought some little tomatoes and lettuce mix from Nina and Family Gardens. If I...

Barthel Fruit Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) The day was perfect for berry-picking – not too hot with occasional sunshine peaking out between big white cumulus clouds and a few darker ones – a gentle breeze. Al and I joined the hundreds of humans picking strawberries at the Barthel Fruit Farm. These...