Miltown Eats offers smart local alternative to “big box” meal kits

By Lori Fredrich Senior WriterPhotography: Lori FredrichE-mail author | Author bioMore articles by Lori Fredrich It’s time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we’ll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, who’s winners we will dish out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee! The meal kit delivery market is a crowded space. In fact, national companies like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Plated are heatedly competing for dollars from busy, stressed consumers who really just want an escape from the daily meal planning grind. But a local company, Miltown Eats, is disrupting that national rat race with a new approach to the meal kit model – one that delivers high quality locally sourced ingredients and more sustainable packaging – all at a price that meets (or beats) the big-name brands. Miltown Eats is owned by local entrepreneurs Jonathan Marrone and Yulia Koltun, Wisconsinites who – like most of us – love the idea of perusing local farmers markets for their groceries and cooking deli...

Farmer-made locks offer extra trailer and gate security

A Welsh farmer has developed a brace of security devices to protect gates and trailers from light-fingered visitors. Charles Lamb’s Trailock anti-theft system was originally designed to slot through the 50mm ring hitch of a trailer to prevent it being hooked up and carted off, but the range now includes five different locks to fit everything from diddy single-axle water bowsers to lorry-towed rigs and army-type Sankey trailers. Manufactured in Bridgend, the nifty pin system is made from high-quality stainless steel and can be stored in the towing vehicle when not in use. Another firm, Agrilox, offers similar trailer pin kits, which it sells for £80. There’s also the option of including the padlock in the package, which takes the asking price to £110. Mr Lamb’s other invention is the Gatelock – a simple device that bites on to a gatepost hinge to prevent the gate from being lifted off and stolen. The long-life, zinc-coated item fits over a 19mm or 3/4in hinge and should be particularly handy for unguarded fields with roadside entries, as well as lane and yard gates. Only one Gatelock unit is required per gate and it can be fitted quickly with a lump hammer – a few wallops should...