As part of our "Favorite Things" week, Chip is checking out one of Nicole's favorite places, The Elegant Farmer. According to their website, The Elegant Farmer began back in 1947 as a family dairy farm owned and operated by brothers Dave and Elmer Scheel. In addition to overseeing a herd of 50 Guernsey cattle, they sold their surplus fruits and vegetables on the busy corner of their farm property at Highway ES and J in Mukwonago.
Business was brisk and a larger, permanent year-round roadside market was built in the early 50’s. By 1958, the brothers decided to concentrate solely on their newly named Davelmer Market and sold the dairy herd. To encourage families to visit the Davelmer Market, the brother’s pioneered the concept of customers coming to pick-your-own strawberries on its 65 acre farm. In 1970 Elmer’s son Dan Scheel and his wife Karen took over the business and dubbed it The Elegant Farmer.
Over the next 26 years, The Elegant Farmer expanded its business by selling locally grown fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, introducing its famed Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag® and other baked goods leading to spectacular growth in the Farm Bakery accompanied with the development of its Farm Kitchen, Deli and Produce sections.