‘Go outside. Take a snack.’ Wander Provisions opens, offering community the tools to do just that

Taylor Scott, Managing Editor

Wander Provisions Owner, Kyle Adams, left, chats and checks out customers at the stores open house May 22. The store offers hand-curated, locally sourced snacks, picnic options and vintage recreational items. The store can be found on Instagram @Wanderprovisions. Photo by Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief

Albany Street in Spring Green has a new business, and they want to encourage you to head out and explore the area, snacks in hand. Wander Provisions held a soft opening May 21 and 22, showcasing an abundance of vintage picnic and camping supplies and curated, upscale, locally sourced snacks.

“Wander Provisions brings together the best farmers and producers to provide locally sourced and environmentally packaged food for your next adventure in the Driftless region of Wisconsin,” shared owner Kyle Adams.

In true locally sourced fashion, the Wander Provisions soft opening featured a wild ramp pistachio pesto tossed with Taste Republic (Madison) gluten free fusilli pasta, Nectar Bakery (Spring Green) baked goods (with wild ramp butter for the biscuits of course), boxes filled with cheese from Landmark Creamery (Belleville), Hook’s Cheese (Mineral Point), Cedar Grove Cheese (Plain), summer sausage from Cates Family Farm (Spring Green), crackers from Potter’s Crackers (Madison), Nutkrack (Madison) pecans, wild ramp pesto dip with Westby Cooperative Creamery (Westby) sour cream, Slide Gourmet Potato Chips (Madison), sparkling non-alcoholic beverages and mixers from Siren Shrubs (Stevens Point), chocolate bars from Roots Chocolates (Wisconsin Dells), various things from Enos Farms (Spring Green), and farmstead soaps from Hazel Hill (Arena).

As Adams begins her journey, a rotation of seasonally available local items will be available in store, with preorders available soon online. Once preorders are live, orders will require 24 hours notice to guarantee fulfillment and will be available for pick up in Wander Provisions’ downtown Spring Green location.

A view of the vintage recreational offerings for sale at Wander Provisions new brick and morter store in Spring Green. The store is located at 136 N Albany St. Photo by Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief

Adams said she would start slow and build up over the next several weeks to begin offering composed picnic baskets and campfire cooking kits.

Not only will Wander Provisions feature non-alcoholic beverages — or “bevies” as Adams playfully refers to them as — but after recently being granted a license by the Spring Green Village Board, the business will also be featuring alcoholic beverages as well. Adams says the selection will grow more “nuanced and bountiful” throughout the summer.

“My focus will be Wisconsin beer & canned cocktails packaged to be safe for the river or easily thrown in a backpack/picnic basket,” said Adams. “So after that beautiful canoe or hike you can reward yourself with a cold one. Or for you to drink on a patio …no judgement here.”

Adams emphasized she is open to suggestions from customers and the community as well, promising interesting and exciting beverage options to come.

A chalkboard behind the checkout counter at the Wander Provisions storefront shows which local products and producers are available in the store for that day. Photo by Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief

“From the beginning the goal has been to support our food & farming communities in both our town and our state,” said Adams. “I think we’re off to a pretty good start.”

Wander Provisions is located at 136 S Albany Street, Spring Green, WI 53588. Hours are available on social media at www.facebook.com/wanderprovisions and www.instagram.com/wanderprovisions/. Preorders will be live soon at http://www.wanderprovisions.com.

“I am ready to make this what I know it can be,” shared Adams. “One step at a time.”