Stevens Point Farmers Market


The Stevens Point Farmers Market is open daily as produce is available. Set up begins at 6:30am & vendors sell until 5:00pm (or until they sell out). The earlier you shop, the fresher the produce will be and greater the selection to choose from.

Great times to visit the market are Monday evenings from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday morning and afternoon.

The Stevens Point Farmers Market is located on the corner of Second and Main Street in downtown Stevens Point, just east of the Wisconsin River off of Hwy 66.

Oct 19

How to Train for the Turkey Trot 5K

This Thanksgiving, the Portage County Can Coalition will be hosting a 5K Turkey Trot to anyone and everyone who would like to walk, run, spring or skip for a great cause. If you have never ran or walked five kilometers, the Stevens Point Area Turkey Trot is a great place to start!

Professor Tom Wetter, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor and director of the Health and Human Performance Lab, shares tips and tricks he recommends when preparing to take part in a 5K, or a walk or run of any length.

Before doing any running, Wetter outlines three tips to help you prepare mentally:

1)     Identify your goal

2)     Create a plan

3)     Find a support network

Wetter said that it is important to “identify your goal and especially why that goal is important to you.” Once you set your goal, then the distance becomes something attainable— instead of just a thought in your head. It makes the event more personal and pushes you to take your training more seriously. Once you set that goal, it’s time to create a plan to move from goal to action.  Deciding when you are going to work out and how you will overcome situations such as cold weather or rain will help keep you motivated no matter what the circumstance. In addition, “Many people find that having a partner to train with is very useful for social support,” Wetter said.

Once you’re ready to begin training, keep these three tips in mind:

1)     Stay consistent with training

2)     Gradually increase your distance

3)     Take your time and enjoy the run

 With the right training, it is possible to run or walk a 5K by Thanksgiving. The first tip is staying consistent in your training; is important to keep your body in the habit of exercising and gaining endurance.  This way, your body will not be shocked when you exert more physical strength than normal. Over time, it is smart to gradually increase your distance or your speed towards your goal. Slow, steady improvements are the best way to ensure that you do not hurt yourself while training. Finally, remember to enjoy your exercise by bringing a friend along, listening to music or just enjoying nature. The Turkey Trot is not a timed run, so you don’t need to worry about setting a new record! By following these tips and tricks, you should be ready to tackle the Turkey Trot by Thanksgiving!

For a more detailed training plan, Wetter recommends using the Hal Higdon training plan, available online:

Oct 11

Wheely Good News for Stevens Point Bicyclists

Stevens Point is on a roll after being offered a grant from the Transportation Alternatives Program to implement bicycle lanes throughout the city, promoting a safer and more efficient way to bike.

Accepted on Aug. 29, the grant will allow for 13.16 miles of bike lanes to be installed along popular collector and arterial streets. This will not only benefit students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point who find biking more affordable, but it will benefit anyone who prefers biking over driving.

Connecting the campus to major business and shopping districts will give the university a further sense of community and a sense of safety when biking to these popular destinations.

As bikes need to follow the same rules as a motor vehicle while on the road, this grant will allow bikers to feel more comfortable while traveling among cars.

Tyler Schiesser, senior urban forestry major, said, “I think it’s a safer and more convenient alternative for both bikers and drivers.”

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee logged information to determine which streets would be most effectively utilized.

Mike Wiza, mayor of Stevens Point, said, “They prioritized the routes – safe routes – throughout the core of the city, allowing people who choose to use bicycles to be able to get to places throughout the city safely.”

The grant was co-authored by Tori Jennings, professors of Sociology and Social Work, and Trevor Roark, vice chair of the Stevens Point Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Along with editors and map makers, to turn this plan into action involved many thoughtful hours and the dedication of many Stevens Point citizens.

Jennings said, “We literally spent hundreds of hours researching and writing this grant, a process that began the beginning of December 2015 when we were told about the grant by Mayor Wiza, until the end of January 2016.”

The approval of this grant is not to be overlooked. Only 33 projects were approved for funding for the cycle of 2016-2020 for the entire state. With only $15 million to grant to Wisconsin, the funding for a project of this scale seats Stevens Point highly on a two-wheeled pedestal.

“The project will increase transportation options for UWSP students by creating a convenient bicycle commuter network that links the campus to major business and shopping districts,” Jennings said.

Initiated by the Transportation Alternatives Program, also known as TAP, the grant will create not only bicycle lanes but also urban shoulders and shared lane markings.

TAP will cover 80 percent of the costs necessary to fund the project and the city will provide the last 20 percent of the $487,676. If the remaining funding is approved by the Common Council, the additions will be seen in 2019.

Wiza said, “The drivers will hopefully be more aware of it, the bikers will hopefully be aware of it, and we’ll all get along much better.”


Alexa Dickson

News Reporter

The Pointer

Aug 16

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Healthy Snackin’

While you and I can easily tolerate the 5-6 hours between meals without snacking, your little ones can’t! Usually, you figure this out when you see their behavior change. Hungry little kids are naughtier! They have a difficult time listening and following instructions, and they just can’t keep it together emotionally. It’s very important to give your children that extra “fuel” between meals to keep their brains, bones, and muscles growing, healthy and strong.

rainbow snacksThe term “fuel” should be explained here. Chips and cookies (2 items we often associate with snacks) are bad fuel. They’ll give your little one a boost of energy – which technically is fuel, but without the nutrients to sustain that energy, it’s bad fuel. Cookies and chips are packed with preservatives and added sugar, and they just don’t have the nutrients that growing children need.

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Lentil Tacos

20160201_151621 (3)This fun lentil dish is both healthy and delicious.   The little wonders are fiber rich and provide significant amounts of folate and magnesium. Lentils can be prepared the day of serving since they do not need to be pre-soaked. Before washing lentils you should spread them out on a light colored plate or cooking surface to check for, and remove, small stones or debris. After this process, place the lentils in a strainer, and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water.

My 1 pound bag of lentils still had life so I made the taco party dip for friends.  That too was a hit and is now on my top ten list of hors de oeuvres and side dishes for any occasion.

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