WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on How Food Business Incubators Help Entrepreneurs

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May 4, 2011

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Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org
Joel Waldinger, series producer, 608-890-2840, joel.waldinger@wpt.org
 
The next episode of In Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) showcases the work of In Wisconsin Reporter Liz Koerner and WPT Videographer Chuck France. As they head into retirement, In Wisconsin celebrates their contributions to WPT with reports on how food business incubators are helping entrepreneurs get their recipes to market, a Baraboo man who recycles old barn timbers, a Marquette County island pasture and the meaning of the Buddhist temple near Madison to Wisconsin's Tibetan exile community.

The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 on WPT and is available in high definition. The program also will air at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15 on Milwaukee’s MPTV and on WDSE-TV in Duluth at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

Today’s food-based business entrepreneurs are finding ways to get their favorite recipes to market with help from food business incubators like the Farm Market Kitchen in Algoma. Koerner introduces viewers to Bill Ignowski of Papa Bill’s Pasta Sauce and JoAnne Penny of Penny Lane Farm, maker of Southeast Asian Sauces, and learns their secrets to success.

In Baraboo, viewers meet Rick Bott who transforms 150-year-old barn timbers and weathered siding into beautiful post and beam homes, furniture, flooring and trim.

Koerner looks at an unusual family reunion as four generations of the Rowe family prepare for their annual “cattle crossing" to an island pasture. Each summer, they load beef cattle onto a homemade barge for bovines and transport them across a narrow stretch of the Fox River to the family’s island to graze.

Koerner also reports on how Tibetan refugee Tenzin Pelkyi. Pelkyi has found a sense of community at Deer Park Buddhist Center near Madison and is helping to build a new temple at the center where Tibetan refugees gather for holidays and special occasions.

In this program’s video postcard, WPT Videographer Chuck France's beautiful scenes from Pepin County’s Arkansaw Creek.

To learn more about what is coming up on the series, visit the In Wisconsin website at wpt.org/inwisconsin where the “Producer’s Journal” blog offers behind-the-scenes insights and information about reports currently in production.

Funding for In Wisconsin is provided, in part, by Alliant Energy, and Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists LLC of Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Minneapolis.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.

DESCRIPTION: IN WISCONSIN #925
In Wisconsin reports on how food-business incubators are helping businesses get their recipes to market, a Baraboo man who recycles old barn timbers, a Marquette County island pasture and the meaning of the Buddhist temple near Madison to Wisconsin's Tibetan exile community.