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Elegant Farmer

1545 Main St., Mukwonago, WI - (262) 363-6770
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/22/2008 12:38:00 PM
Dot Schnering served us the best apple pie in the Midwest. We ate it at her home in Illinois (as the grand finale to a belt-stretching pizza party) but she bought this pie just over the border in Wisconsin. We are fully aware that to declare one pie the best in this region is no small claim, because pies are an obsession hereabouts; and there are lots of eateries that serve blue-ribbon pie every day. But we dare you to have a slice from The Elegant Farmer and disagree. We cannot remember an apple pie we’ve eaten anywhere that was so delicious.

Its top crust is crunchy and sugary, like a luxurious cookie; the bottom crust is flake-tender; the apple filling in between the crusts is soft with a pleasant bite, gently seasoned and just-right sweet. We’ve had thicker, sweeter, lighter, tarter, and more elaborate apple pies, but this one is perfect … and simply impossible to stop eating. It is sold at The Elegant Farmer by the slice, by the small pie (for two people) and by the full-size pie; and in addition to apple, there are berry and rhubarb pies, and one super-spectacular version of the apple pie that is blanketed with caramel sauce.

What makes these pies taste so special is that they are baked in a brown paper bag. A woman behind the counter explained to us that inside-the-bag cooking allows the juices of the fruit to simmer and mellow; and draws the moisture out of the crust so it gets good and hard. She pointed to the fact that the bag in which the pies are baked (and served) is blotched with moisture drawn from within.

Other than pie, The Elegant Farmer has a vast inventory of groceries to take home and food to eat on the spot (or in your car). There are jams and jellies, chocolate-covered cherries, top-of-the-line popping corn, hams, cheeses, roasted chickens, and summer sausages. An on-premises deli offers sandwiches, hot meals, and muffins loaded with fruits of the season. While the foods we’ve bought and eaten are truly spectacular, we’re not exactly sure why this place calls itself elegant; The Elegant Farmer is in fact a large, happy farm stand; perhaps the best in the Midwest.

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Pies cooling on a rack. The aroma here is dizzying.
"Pies cooling on a rack. The aroma here is dizzying."
Michael Stern





The Elegant Farmer's shelves are stocked with interesting jars of Midwestern products as well as locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
"The Elegant Farmer's shelves are stocked with interesting jars of Midwestern products as well as locally-grown fruits and vegetables."
Michael Stern


Sliced-thick Elegant Farmer bacon comes in several smoky flavors, including hot Cajun style.
"Sliced-thick Elegant Farmer bacon comes in several smoky flavors, including hot Cajun style."
Michael Stern


We wanted to take a picture of a whole pie ... but by the time the camera was ready and focused, this is all that remained. And soon after the shutter snapped, it was gone, too. Note the paper bag all around in which the pie has been cooked.
"We wanted to take a picture of a whole pie ... but by the time the camera was ready and focused, this is all that remained. And soon after the shutter snapped, it was gone, too. Note the paper bag all around in which the pie has been cooked."
Michael Stern


Pickling is a tried-and-true farmhouse technique for making surplus vegetables last. Here is a vast array of pickled EVERYTHING, including garlic, asparagus, and of course cucumbers.
"Pickling is a tried-and-true farmhouse technique for making surplus vegetables last. Here is a vast array of pickled EVERYTHING, including garlic, asparagus, and of course cucumbers."
Michael Stern


Dairy-State Wisconsin is known for great cheeses. Here are just a few available at The Elegant Farmer.
"Dairy-State Wisconsin is known for great cheeses. Here are just a few available at The Elegant Farmer."
Michael Stern


A fun place to browse!
"A fun place to browse!"
Michael Stern


This cow face bids customers farewell on the way out.
"This cow face bids customers farewell on the way out."
Michael Stern


You can't miss this place, nor do you want to if you appreciate great baked goods.
"You can't miss this place, nor do you want to if you appreciate great baked goods."
Michael Stern


Elegant Farmer's trucks carry the boast that their apple pie baked in a bag is the
"Elegant Farmer's trucks carry the boast that their apple pie baked in a bag is the "Best You Ever Hung a Lip On!""
Cliff Strutz



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