The Howard is a historic and elegant event space located in the heart of Oshkosh. The building, built in 1927, hosts private and community events. On Thursday and Friday evenings, the basement of the venue opens up to the public for bowling, craft beverages, and...
Enter any big box store and you can tell that it’s the beginning of the end of summer. When the pots, soil and trowels are replaced by notebooks, pencils, and backpacks it’s a sign that summer must be savored before it’s gone. One thing on my to-do list this summer was to have a picnic. There was one specific store I knew would provide the perfect food for our little adventure: Wagner Market.
Wagner Market is a treasure trove of all things local and delicious. To learn more about everything Wagner Market has to offer check out my fellow blogger Jenn Kalchik’s blog post here! If you’re planning a picnic, or wishing to liven up your midweek lunch, Wagner Market has a wide variety of pre-made meal options. From take-and-bake pizzas to sandwiches and salads, their offerings are both convenient and fresh.
To pick out our meal, my husband and I first headed to the cooler in the middle of the store. There we chose a sandwich and salad to share, as well, as some lemonade and sparkling water for refreshment. Next, we headed to the deli section and chose from an array of creative deli salads. With our meal in hand we headed over to Opera House Square to enjoy!
We laid out our picnic blanket and admired the scenery before digging into our delicious lunch. The first thing we tried was the ham and cheese sandwich. It was perfectly fresh with crisp lettuce and soft bread. The ham had a little peppery kick to it, balanced by the creaminess of the cheese. This simple comfort food reminded me of something my mom would have packed in my school lunch box, now elevated with delicious local ingredients.
Next we tried a beautiful green salad topped with basil, feta cheese, strawberries, red onions, and balsamic dressing. Each ingredient played off one another for a well balanced bite. I often make a salad similar to this at home, but the addition of the fresh basil enhanced the whole dish. I’m not a vegetarian, and often opt for meat on my salad, but I did not miss the chicken one bit.
We also shared two deli salads: curried chickpea and Mediterranean orzo. Wagner Market carries your typical coleslaw and potato salad, but mixes it up with fresh new takes on deli salads like the ones we tried. The curried chickpea salad was made up of chickpeas, red peppers, red onions, carrots, cilantro, and lime. The curry spices balanced well with a hint of sweet Wisconsin maple syrup. The Mediterranean orzo salad was a delicious blend of tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, and a light dressing. We may or may not have fought over who got the last bites of these two!
Since Wagner Market boasts that they strive to procure as many of their goods as possible from Wisconsin and the surrounding Midwest, we felt good about what we were eating. It’s not often that you’re able to find convenient ready-made dishes that are also fresh and prepared with high quality ingredients. It was a sweet moment, taking time out of the middle of our day to enjoy fresh local food, sit in the middle of the town we now call home, and appreciate the architecture. Here, we soaked up the last little bits of summer. It would not have been the same experience without the local, fresh, good food, provided by Wagner Market.