Organically Becca’s Milwaukee City Guide: My Fave Local Businesses!

Milwaukee City Guide: Healthy, Organic Food

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When most people think of Wisconsin or Milwaukee, they probably think of beer, brats, and cheese. Yes, those are all totally delicious staples around here. But, there is actually a large wellness community here too, and tons of health-centric businesses. As a Milwaukeean, I can’t wait to share some of my favorite places with you!

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Healthy Restaurants & Cafés

Bavette La Boucherie
Bavette is a butcher shop that carries sustainable and organic meat. They honor traditions of quality and excellence by sourcing whole animals raised responsibly on small, local farms. They strive for sustainability and less waste. They also have a full food menu!

Beans & Barley Market & Cafe
Beans & Barley is a health food mecca. You can stop in for a meal, pick up some deli items, get a fresh juice, or do some grocery shopping.

Beerline Cafe
Beerline Cafe is a low-environmental-impact vegetarian restaurant. The cafe has earned a three-star Green Restaurant Association rating, the first in the city of Milwaukee and only the second in the greater Milwaukee metro area. They have lots of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. I personally love the Chickpea Chorizo Tacos.

Blooming Lotus Grain-Free Bakery
If you want a sweet treat but have dietary restrictions! This bakery is free of grain, gluten, egg, dairy, cane sugar, oils, soy, and yeast. They have scones, muffins, pastries, donuts, bread, cookies, cupcakes, and more 🧁

Braise
Braise is a farm-to-table restaurant that I recommend for a nice dinner date. Plenty of vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options too.

Cafe Manna
Cafe Manna also has the three-star Green Restaurant certification. They are 100% vegetarian, made from scratch, and use local ingredients. You can’t go wrong with their raw Thai rolls!

Daily Dose Juice Bar
Three locations! Daily Dose sells organic cold-pressed juices, açai bowls, and smoothies without added sugar or preservatives. My favorite is the Black Rifle Cold Brew smoothie, mmmmm.

Donut Monster
Okay not exactly healthy, BUT these are my favorite donuts in Milwaukee! And they use high-quality ingredients (no nitrates, artificial flavors, or colors) and incorporate local/organic when possible. Soooooo tasty 🍩

Flour Girl & Flame
The best wood-fired pizza! 🍕 They use organic, heritage flour and wild yeast for the dough and have a yummy gluten-free crust that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Flour Girl also uses sustainable practices and sources ingredients locally. My top pick is the “Pretty Big Dill” pizza.

Fresh Fin Poké
Fresh Fin is Milwaukee’s first poké restaurant! You can either “BYOB” (build your own bowl) with the option to customize your protein, base (rice or greens), sauces, and ingredients. Or you can choose from any of their signature bowls.

The Green Kitchen
The Green Kitchen is located inside the Milwaukee Public Market. I always love their salads because they are never boring and always taste super fresh and delicious. You can also get a fresh juice or smoothie, or grab a healthy sandwich.

Hop Harvest & Vine Public House
Located inside Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee, this cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They serve 100% certified organic produce, pasture-raised meats, and sustainably sourced seafood. Tons of gluten-free options.

Juiced! Cold Pressed Juicery
Who doesn’t love juice?!? Juiced! uses a handcrafted, cold-pressed process protects all the benefits of raw fruits and vegetables: nutrition (live enzymes, natural phytonutrients, antioxidants), integrity (never heated and no additives), and community support (local, straight from the farm when available). You can buy their juices from a lot of local grocery stores too.

Kettle Range Meats
A butcher shop that sources from local, pastured farms. They have so many options for grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, sausages, organ meat blends, and more. This is one of my go-to places to buy meat!

Nourish Organic Juice Bar
Located inside Delafield’s Well House 1900. Nourish serves organic juices, smoothies, adaptogenic mocktails, wellness shots, bowls, teas, and bakery treats. Allie, the owner, packs everything with nourishing superfoods. I always stop here when I’m nearby!

Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op & Cafe
A local co-op that also has a coffee bar and cafe. They make fresh juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, and even vegan/gluten-free bakery items. My fave co-op! They have a few locations throughout the area.

Parkside23
In Brookfield, this is a farm-to-table restaurant that is SO delicious. They even have their own garden on-site!

Riverwest Co-Op & Cafe
A market co-op where you can buy healthy food and products, as well as a cafe with freshly prepared sandwiches, smoothies, and more. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options too!

Stack’d Burger Bar
Grass-fed burger bar? 🍔 Yes, please! They also offer gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options and focus on local ingredients.

Tabal Chocolate
Chocolate that is organic certified, kosher certified, gluten-free, vegan, soy free, and made from bean to bar in small batches using stone grinders. You can visit their store in Tosa or find them at local markets like Outpost.

Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery
Aaaand another juice shop! They also have smoothies, smoothie bowls, breakfast, dinner, and sandwiches. They use fresh, local, organic ingredients and often change up their menu to keep it fresh and fun.

Natural Grocery Stores

Here are some smaller, locally-owned health markets in the area:

Organic Beer & Raw Honey Mead

Okay I know beer isn’t exactly “healthy” (some would disagree) BUT did you know that Milwaukee is home to the first certified organic brewery in the country?! And it happens to be my favorite brewery, Lakefront Brewery. Not all of their beers are certified organic, but look for ones with the USDA label like their Fuel Cafe Stout or the Organic Belgian White 🍻 They also have three gluten-free beers if that’s up your alley!

And about 45 minutes outside the city in East Troy, definitely check out The Hive Taproom! They make delicious mead (honey wine) using raw, local honey 🍯 and it is SO good! It’s naturally gluten-free, and they also make their own soda and kombucha if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage.

The Hive Taproom East Troy
Hive Taproom co-owner Ayla will share all her beekeeping and mead knowledge with you!

Natural, Biodynamic, Low-Intervention Wines

You guys know I am quite the wine-o, so you can imagine my excitement when my friend Allie opened Nonfiction Natural Wines in Bay View. She is SO knowledgeable about wine it’s crazy 🍷 and her shop focuses on wines that are low intervention, biodynamic, organic, no additives, and use native yeasts. She can give you some stellar recommendations!

Allie Kruse, Nonfiction Natural Wine
Becca + Allie sippin’ away
Nonfiction Natural Wine Milwaukee
Natural wine heaven, basically.

Organic Coffee & Tea

I can’t even begin to tell you how much good coffee there is in Milwaukee! These are some of my favorite local roasters. Since coffee is one of the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world, it’s super important to drink organic. Those chemicals include synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. For the local roasters below, the organic certification varies from blend to blend, and some may use organic practices but not have the certification. Either way, they are roasters that I trust that source quality coffee and trade fairly with farmers! ☕️

Farmers Markets

Nothing like a good ole’ farmers market in the summer! It’s a great way to buy fresh, local, and organic food directly from a farmer. If they don’t display “organic” anywhere you can always ask them how their food is grown. Sometimes they practice organic methods but don’t pay for the certification. Here are some of my faves in the area:

Organic Apple Orchard

Peck & Bushel in Colgate is my favorite orchard to visit in the fall! They have a large variety of apples and they are all ORGANIC! Plus the barn on-site is adorable and sells lots of home goods 🍎

Peck & Bushel Organic Apple Orchard

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), Local Farms, & Compost

Grassway Organics
A farm and health food store in the East Troy area. They sell grass-fed beef, raw A2 dairy, pastured pork, chicken, and eggs. You have to be a member to buy their raw milk, but the quality is top-notch; they do testing to ensure it’s safe to drink, and the calves are always fed first. They also do delicious pizza on the farm during the summers!

Gwenyn Hill Farm
Located in Waukesha. They have the most adorable self-serve farm stand where you can get grass-fed meats, raw honey, heritage grains and flour, and organic, pastured, soy-free eggs. Gwenyn Hill Farm uses regenerative farming practices and offers CSA shares.

Quinta MKE
This is the CSA box that I subscribe to! It’s a weekly box from June through October. It’s not certified organic, but it uses organic practices and no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or plastic mulch.

Stone Bank Farm Market
Out in Oconomowoc, but worth the trip! This picturesque little market has its own organic veggie garden and greenhouse but also sells food from local farms and vendors. Stone Bank Farm raises beef cattle, lambs, pigs, and chickens on pasture!

Curby’s Compost
This is the compost pick-up company I use that services the greater Milwaukee area. A great way to divert food scraps from the landfill, especially if you prefer to have someone else do the actual composting for you.

Shops, Wellness, & Esthetics

Deep Roots Massage in Bay View has been my go-to for years! They are holistic and sustainable in many aspects and I just love them. They also have an infrared sauna and offer acupuncture and natural facials (I recommend the manuka honey facial!).

Divine Consign is a massive clothing consignment event held six times a year. It’s a good opportunity to buy secondhand clothes, shoes, and accessories. I’ve scored some awesome items!

MKE MindBody Wellness offers acupuncture, massage, and reiki. I’ve gone here for cosmetic acupuncture which was cool!

Nourish Skin & Sugar Studio is where I go for sugar waxing, a natural alternative to regular waxing. The paste is made from only sugar, lemon juice, and water!

Ritual Bodywork MKE is another awesome option for massages! Tori performs Thai bodywork and offers massages (using natural products!). I loveeeeee when she does cupping on me, too.

Salt Room Lake Country is a bit outside the city in Pewaukee, but not to be overlooked! They offer halotherapy which has so many health benefits (you sit in a salt room!) and also infrared saunas. I love going in winter for some warmth.

Stark Esthetics in Wauwatosa is where I go for facials. The owner, Ashley, is so sweet. She uses natural and sustainable skincare brands which you know I am all about. You can even purchase retail products in her studio from clean brands such as Earth Harbor and Blissoma.

Tippecanoe Herbs & Apothecary is a MUST visit! Kyle Denton is a local herbalist who offers a huge selection of organic, local, and wildcrafted herbs plus skincare and so much more. I love the elderberry syrup, flame cider, and tinctures that he offers 🌱

Vibrant Body Co. makes OEKO-TEX Certified clean wireless bras, tanks, and undies. Their headquarters are in the Third Ward and they occasionally host pop-ups where you can try stuff on. Otherwise, use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount online!

Viva Wellness Clinic has some unique services such as colonics and enemas. I haven’t been brave enough to try those, but I have gotten a Lymphatic Drainage Massage there before!

Integrative & Holistic Practitioners

Bionica Dental Wellness in Delafield is the biological dentist I go to. They take a whole-body approach, use non-toxic materials, lower radiation X-rays, don’t use fluoride, and are more focused on preventative care in general. Dr. Holinbeck is so fun!

Integrative Veterinary Service is where I take my dog to the vet. They advocate for fresh and raw feeding instead of kibble which is rare to find! My dog tends to be very nervous, but they are very kind and make it a fear-free experience. I feel super lucky to have them nearby!

Lakeside Natural Medicine in Shorewood is where I see a naturopath doctor. They offer natural health and wellness for the whole family.

Wellnest Chiropractic is where I receive chiro care! Dr. Hannah is the best. She specializes in gentle prenatal, pediatric, and women’s health and focuses on the nervous system. She is Webster certified and her practice is in Delafield.

Nutritional Therapy Practitioners: I have some lovely local friends who are NTPs and can assist you with holistic nutrition coaching. Most of them work virtually so you don’t have to live nearby.

      • Sam Wolk, NTP of Samantha Wolk Wellness (She has in-person hours in Tosa and Whitefish Bay. I’ve worked with her for a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount on an HTMA!)
      • Amanda Couturier, LPC, FNTP, RWP-1 of Whole Life Wellness MKE (I have worked with her for bloodwork and a GI Map)
      • Laura Miller, NTP of Simple Wellness Co.
      • Taylor Wegner, NTP of Wegner Wellness

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As you can see, Milwaukee is more than just beer, brats, and cheese 🧀 I’m so happy to share these local spots with you and support my fellow community members. Let me know in the comments if you would add anything else to this list!

 

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Organically Becca's Milwaukee City Guide

Written by: Becca

Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

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