Let's Camp | Camp Wandawega | Part 1

Photos by Anna Zajac

We couldn't be more excited to attend Let's Camp, a weekend away for creative women at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin! We're heading up today to attend the retreat and interview Mandy Lancia (of the Glossary) and Nikki Ricks (of Feminest) about how the idea for Let's Camp came about. You can take a look at the weekend's itinerary of hands-on workshops about business, networking, creative practices, stories, and the importance of self-care and follow along through the Instagram hashtag.

We have been wanting to visit Camp Wandawega since first learning about it, and can't think of a better introduction than a weekend in the woods surrounded by creative women. We're looking forward to this weekend break to disconnect for a moment from our day-to-day norms and connect with fellow creatives, entrepreneurs, and the natural world around us. 

This is the second year for Let's Camp, and we're so excited to be a part of it. In addition to Mandy and Nicki, Workshop Leaders for the weekend include Tereasa Surratt (owner of Camp Wandawega, author, Director of Design at Ogilvy), Mindy Segal (owner of Hot Chocolate + Mindy's Edibles), Simi Botic (Heath Coach and author of Letting Go of Leo), Joslyn Villalpando (owner of J. Villa Workshop), Alma Omeralovic (Meditation Teacher), Stephanie Bassos (photographer), Mel Holmes (founder of What Women Read), Jen Corbett (expert in audience development), and Mo Fritz (photographers).

Check out the itinerary below and start planning your trip for next year! 

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Issue 9


We could not be more excited to announce that Issue 8 is available for pre-order! This year's Spring + Summer issue includes an interview with a husband-and-wife ceramics company in Detroit, recipes created over open fires in the Northwoods of Minnesota, and a profile of a diversified, organic farm in southern Michigan.

For each issue, our contributor's creative talent continues to amaze and inspire us, and this publication would simply not be possible without them. Thank you again for your support and being part of the Driftless community.

You can pre-order Issue 9 for $12 through Friday, May 4th!



Detroit, Michigan

 Issue 5 of Driftless Magazine contains an amazing city guide of Detroit, Michigan by photographer Jesse David Green.

We were in Detroit last week shooting stills and motion for our final feature for Issue 9. We had so much fun exploring the city with the help of our Detroit City Guide from Issue 5 and so many wonderful recommendations from our contributors and readers. Check out a few places we've highlighted below. And start planning your trip — we highly recommend a visit to the Motor City!

Roses's Fine Food — the ultimate diner — was the perfect place to stop for brunch after we arrived in the city. Homemade food with quality local ingredients. Seriously order the grits when you visit, you will not regret it! And don't forget to order something from their bakery case.

 Rose's Fine Food is a diner with delicious baked goods and food in Detroit, Michigan.

We visited Detroit Mercantile Co. and the Fisher Building based on recommendations from our followers. Detroit Mercantile is a store that celebrates Detroit's shared past while introducing their customers to new products. Like the mercantile and general stores of the past, they strive to find the highest quality products from the city, state, and across the country. If you haven't visited Detroit before, you will quickly see that the city has some seriously incredible Art Deco and postmodern architecture. Detroit has one of the largest surviving collections of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century buildings in the U.S., and there are multiple architecture tours available for visitors and residents alike! 

Sister Pie, a bright corner baker located in Detroit’s West Village, provided the most amazing breakfast to help us celebrate International Women's Day. Celebrating the seasons through pies (and other delectable desserts), Sister Pie boasts untraditional flavor combinations that are constantly changing to reflect the state's local offerings.  (The leftovers also made the perfect road trip snack.)

 Sister Pie is a quaint bakeshop emphasizing creative, sweet and savory pies made with local, seasonal ingredients.

We ended our visit at the Belle Isle Conservancy— we could've spent all day at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and exploring the rest of the Isle and its historic public landmarks. The Conservatory is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. And the park itself is a 2.5-mile-long, 982-acre island park, located in the international waters of the Detroit River. Known as the “Jewel of Detroit,” Belle Isle has significant natural, architectural, and cultural resources. Almost one third of the island is a natural wooded area, home to a wide variety of small animals and birds. So cool!

 The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is a greenhouse and a botanical garden located on Belle Isle, a 982-acre island park located in the Detroit River between Detroit and the Canada–United States border.

Pick up a copy of Issue 5 (while you still can!) for a complete city guide created by one of our favorite contributors, Jesse David Green, and stay tuned for our Issue 9 announcement to find out what we were working on while in the city! You can see more photos from our trip on our Instagram.

Other places we visited, dined, and highly recommend:
Astro Coffee
Metropolis Cycles
Detroit Foundation Hotel
Selden Standard
Will's Leather Goods
Dime Store



Issue 8


We could not be more excited to announce that Issue 8 is available for pre-order! This year's Fall + Winter issue includes a guide to all of the best neighborhoods, shops, and restaurants in St. Louis, an interview with the women behind a Minneapolis-based boutique carrying ethically sourced and sustainable merchandise, and delicious, vegetarian recipes ideal for camping in the cooler months.

For each issue, our contributor's creative talent continues to amaze and inspire us, and this publication would simply not be possible without them. Thank you again for your support and being part of the Driftless community.

You can pre-order Issue 8 for $12 through Friday, November 10th!



Yoko Oh Yes!

Amy O started as the solo project of Amy Oelsner (pictured above) in 2004, and has evolved over the years into a full band. She submitted an excerpt from her new zine Yoko Oh Yes! to Issue 5 of Driftless (pictured below)The zine is finally here accompanying Amy's new record Elastic and we had the opportunity to talk to her about it.



Jesse David Green

Jesse David Green is a photographer based in beautiful Detroit, Michigan. He tells stories of makers, business owners, and couples in love in Detroit, Northern Michigan, and around the country. Read on below for a wonderful interview where Jesse shares more about himself and his creative process. In addition to photographing a great feature on Douglas and Co. Detroit for Issue 4, Jesse had an incredible Detroit City Guide in Issue 5 and that issue's cover. This past weekend he took over our Instagram account, showcasing the immense love he has for Detroit. We are now even more eager for a visit!

Shortly thereafter I had some older friends graduating high school, so the natural progression once I somewhat knew how to use the camera was to take their senior pictures. I wised up to the “business” end of things pretty quick, and had a portfolio and website going pretty early on. Fast forward just one year, and a family friend that was getting married and had a pretty low budget essentially said “Hey, we’re getting married and don’t have a ton of money, you seem like you know what you’re doing with a camera, want to shoot it?” And without any prior experience at weddings; no second shooting or assisting or even paying attention to a photographer at a wedding, I did it. I did that one wedding in October at age 16, did five weddings the year after that, and twenty-five weddings the year after that. By age 17, I was full-time in Wedding and Portrait photography (cost of living and risk isn’t too high when you’re still in high school and living at home), and I haven’t looked back since!

When did you first get into photography?

I first got into photography back when I was 14 or 15. It kind of came out of nowhere and surprised me. It seems like my entire life I had never found MY thing prior to that. I was slightly above average in school, I could semi-hold my own in sports, but I didn’t have anything that I was great at and that made me feel like I had found my passion or my way in life. All of the sudden, on family trips I found myself constantly with my parents' point and shoot camera in my hands. Taking macro photos of flowers, and my dogs nose, and my family and the sights that we saw and it just started making sense to me. Turns out, my Dad had been a bit of a hobby photographer in his younger years and still had all of his film gear hiding in the closet. We actually ended up selling that old film gear and bought my first DSLR at age 15 and I started going to town with my little Canon Rebel XS. 

What does your creative process entail? 

I wouldn’t say I have a hard and fast creative process per se. I’m more of a creature of my environment. I’m extremely inspired (or uninspired) by my surroundings and really feel like I do my best work (whether shooting or editing) when I feel like I’m surrounded by a space or people that get me excited creatively. I’ve been lucky enough to have a few really cool offices in the last couple of years (an old industrial loft building on Detroit’s riverfront for a few years, then a loft apartment/office in New Center Detroit for another year or so, and now for the last year I’ve been sharing space with some friends at Lunar North and Detroit Lives! And it’s been the absolute best fit yet). Rather than being by myself in a really cool office, now I get to sit high-atop Detroit’s Art Deco gem, the Penobscot building in a ridiculously gorgeous space with some amazing and ridiculously talented dudes. We’ve got beer and sparkling water on tap, ping pong until your arm falls off, and enough creative brains to bounce ideas off of until the sun goes down. It’s been amazing. 

For weddings and portrait sessions, my creative process is on the fly. A product of the light and environment that I’m given in those situations. For editorial and commercial shoots, there’s a bit more pre-planning that goes into it sometimes. Sometimes it means storyboards and actual mapping out of what I’m looking to accomplish, sometimes its putting my head together with my wife who is so great at pulling ideas out of her hat that I would’ve never thought of, and then helping me figure out how the heck to implement them. 

All that to say, with an increased workload up here, we were renting hotels and Airbnb’s like crazy, and then had a serendipitous story (which I’ll spare the details of in my already long answers) about our little cottage we ended up finding on the West Bay, and the rest is history.Now we’re in Traverse City 1-2 weeks a month, and in Detroit the rest of the time. We have two amazing communities we get to be a part of, and I have incredible projects I get to shoot in both places so it's literally the best-case scenario that we couldn’t be happier with. Traverse City has everything under the sun we could want to “escape” Detroit. Incredible nature, Lake Michigan, sand dunes, kayaking and swimming, and wineries; but then it also has a perfect downtown with world-class restaurants, coffee, and activities for the kids. We’re mildly obsessed and might shed a tear or two every time we leave to go back downstate.

How does the Midwest impact your work?

The Midwest is everything to my work. It’s home. It’s the light and sight and sounds of the forest and the lakes and rivers and people here. The thought has truly never crossed my mind to live anywhere but here. We just feel like we have everything we need right in our backyard, and four beautiful and perfectly different seasons. I’ve shot all over the place and am so inspired by travel and new experiences, but I can’t imagine coming home to anywhere else but here. Not to mention, not getting lost in the sea of photographers on the coasts has its advantages to being able to stand out and work on some really exciting projects. 

Any advice for aspiring photographers? 

Shoot. A ton. Like, shoot a ton and then shoot a lot more than that. I haven’t taken a photography class in my life. I got thrown into wedding photography before I had even had a chance to think twice about it. I’ve learned everything I’ve learned as I’ve gone, and I’ve shot more frames than I can begin to fathom. My work still isn’t where I want it to be, I don’t know that it ever will be; but that’s the drive that keeps you going. Surround yourself with an amazing community of photographers. They’re some of the coolest bunch out there and so gracious with their time and knowledge. A couple of photography Facebook groups I’m in have quite literally changed my life and my work and given me friends all across the country that have provided referrals, advice, and a place to commiserate about the ups and downs of the job. But then when you’re done with that stuff, just make sure you go shoot some more. 

Check out our Instagram for Jesse's full takeover series!
Follow Jesse / @jessedavidgreen / @jessedavidgreenphoto

What inspires you?

First and foremost, my family. That sounds really cheesy, but any amount of “success” or recognition or anything else I’ve gotten for my work, stems from my drive to work my butt off to give them as amazing of a life as I can. I want my kids to see that you can chase after your passion and turn it into your job and that there doesn’t need to be a status quo. Spending time exploring and adventuring with them and my lovely wife in between the work is about the best it gets. Past that though, it’s people in general. I actually have an extremely hard time being inspired by imagery that doesn’t involve humans or a human touch in some way. Landscape photography doesn’t do it for me, interiors are even tough sometimes (though I work with some incredible home builders and designers and I can find some rad inspiration within their spaces). But if there’s a couple in love, or a maker, or any other awesome human in my frame, I’m usually inspired. 

Where’s your favorite place to unwind?

My place to unwind is on my kayak somewhere out in Grand Traverse Bay. The water is crystal clear, you can’t hear a sound except your paddle running through the water, and if you keep your eyes peeled you just might see a bald eagle fly overhead. It’s the one time of my day or week that I’m not on my phone, hanging with the kids, or driving to another shoot; and it is the epitome of serenity. 

You split your time between Detroit + Traverse City  what made you choose these cities as places to start your business? How do you split your time between the two?

The split between Detroit and Traverse City has been a really fun development in our lives in the last couple of years. My wife and I both grew up in Metro Detroit, and then about six years ago just prior to us getting married, I moved my business to Detroit to that first office on the riverfront. It was the single best move I ever made. The people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, and the work I’ve done have almost all come back to Detroit. The people there are my favorite people on Earth, every single corner is inspiring, and being in the thick of the crazy comeback-kid story we’re creating right now is incredible. About four years ago though, I found myself doing more and more weddings in Northern Michigan (which I was absolutely obsessed with). The magic of Northern Michigan is hard to describe, but it's a lifestyle for us Michiganders (and the surrounding states). Going “Up North” is a thing, and making that your destination wedding just keeps getting bigger and bigger by the year.

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With Food + Love Pop-Up Dinner Series

interview by Leah Fithian and Anna Powell Teeter of Driftless Magazine
with Sherrie Castellano of With Food + Love
winter photographs by Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen
spring photographs by Meghan Izaguirre

How did you get the word out about the pop-up?
The food community in St. Louis is really engaged and supportive, and the concept has been warmly received mainly through my blog and social media.

What was your inspiration for the menu?
I plan my menu exclusively around what is available to me. I work with some wonderful farmers and I utilize whatever they have growing or whatever they have foraged.

Why do you feel it's important to gather people around the table to share a meal together?
I have a deep desire to care for others through food. It is truly my love language. These meals are a great reminder that slowing down and enjoying unplugged time with others is still very much alive and well.

Where you live and what do you do?
I live in Saint Louis, Missouri. I am the content creator behind my blog, With Food + Love. I am a pop-up chef. And I'm the director of marketing for Big Heart Tea Co. — a badass women run, ethically sourced herbal tea company.

When did you first begin the pop-up dinner series?
May 2016. Since then I've held them about every two months. More information here! The next one is our Early Summer dinner on June 10th. 

How many people are typically invited and involved?
My pop-up dinners are open to everyone. It is an all inclusive event. No invitations, no special lists, anyone can attend. But there is a limited amount of seats available (about 24 per dinner).

WINTER DINNER  January 22, 2017

braggadocio polenta, sweet dumpling squash, black pepper turnip ragù

The Last Hour
bitter cacao nibs, wild elderberry syrup, aeries port, pinckney bend vodka

Mousse Me
bissinger’s dark chocolate, caramel, hibiscus, blood oranges - recipe here!

Pears + Pine
pear shrub, wild pine syrup, pinckney bend gin

Bowl of Winter Whites + Seeds
fennel, cauliflower, white beans, yogurt, seed loaf

Salad – From The Earth
beets, baetje farms coeur de la crème, oregano vinegar, wild chamomile greens


Plucked, Spring Mix Salad
pea shoots, spring greens, petite radish, herbs, johnny jump-ups, wild violet vinegar

Brewed, Oolong Broth Stew
forever spring oolong, asparagus, potatoes, carrots, crispy lentils

Sorrel Sour
sorrel syrup, parsley, 360 vodka

Churned, Golden Affogato
vanilla ice cream, sunshine dust, salty cacao nibs

Brings May Flowers
hibiscus, wild violet, rose lavender, lilac bitters,
lion’s tooth dandelion liqueur, 360 vodka

Pulled, Green Garlic Soup
green garlic, tokyo long whites, spinach,hemp seed dukkah

Foraged, Ramp Tartine
ramps, white beans, union loafer baguette, flory’s truckle



Issue 7

  Cover image by  Kyle John

Cover image by Kyle John

We could not be more excited to announce that Issue 7 is available for pre-order! This year's Spring + Summer issue includes interviews with an incredibly talented bartender from a favorite Minneapolis diner and periodical shop owners from Indianapolis, recipes from a farm dinner hosted in the middle of one of Chicago's industrial neighborhoods, and the story behind Missouri's Queen City.

For each issue, our contributor's creative talent continues to amaze and inspire us, and this publication would simply not be possible without them. Thank you again for your support and being part of the Driftless community.

You can order Issue 7 in our online shop!


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Creating a Sense of Place at Marble Hill Farm

words and pattern by Lindsay Welsch Sveen of The Fiber Archive
photographs by Anna Powell Teeter of Driftless Magazine

Some people see the Midwest as a swath of corn and soybean fields. Indeed, there are many of those here in Indiana. But the Midwest also boasts a growing number of small farms with diversified crops and sustainable practices.

Kip and Whitney Schlegel own Marble Hill Farm, a 150-acre plot about ten miles southwest of Bloomington. By day, they’re both on faculty at Indiana University — Whitney in Biology and Kip in Criminal Justice. But when they get home from campus, they throw on jeans, lace up their boots, and head out to gather eggs, feed sheep, or move cows from one paddock to the next. The farm is part of their livelihoods — they sell beef and eggs at farmers’ markets and local co-ops — but it is also an investment in the future of their land and their community. Whereas large-scale, mono-crop farms (“big ag”) aim to get as much as they can out of the soil, Kip and Whitney adopt practices that put nourishment back in.

“Our best resource is our pasture,” says Whitney. “We tend the land to keep our animals healthy and create a wonderful product — and make sure the soil has a future.”

The Schlegels have received grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a partner with the USDA, to install fences, water lines, and other infrastructure that allows Marble Hill Farm to function on a sustainable, rotational model. The specialized fencing is crucial — it enables Kip and Whitney to rotate their cattle, sheep, and chickens among several fields, ensuring that no stretch of land becomes overgrazed.

“I do believe small farming is a sustainable practice, in all communities,” Whitney says. “We love to have people come visit and say, ‘That’s cool! I could do that!’”

One of the highlights for any visitor is Whitney’s flock of Shetland sheep. They’re a small heritage breed with distinct personalities and a range of fleece colors. In true Shetland fashion, each new crop of lambs is named according to a theme: fruits, herbs, flowers, and (my personal favorite) cheeses — Whitney’s eldest ram is a stately chap named Chevre.

In addition to being amusing and adorable, the sheep also provide one of the farm’s newest products: wool. Whitney uses her homegrown (and hand-dyed) yarn to create hats, scarves, socks, and more for her friends and family, and she sells bundles to local fiber enthusiasts. “People can meet the sheep over here and see the plants we use to make the dyes over there,” Whitney explains. “You can’t get that in a yarn shop.” Kip adds, “That’s what we do best here. We create a sense of place.”

That sense of place imbues everything Kip and Whitney produce, including the yarn. Whitney entrusted me with two skeins she had dyed with the willow that grows near their pond and then modified with additional farm-grown dye plants. One, over-dyed in indigo, is a soft forest green. The other, over-dyed with walnut, is a classic tan. These yarns inspired me to design and create the Willow Hat. You can make your own using the pattern below, if you also feel inspired.

Willow Hat

The Willow Hat’s slanted grid colorwork mimics the fences that define the Marble Hill Farm landscape. Its structure pays homage to farm life, with a doubled-up brim to keep ears warm on brisk mornings and a loop at the top for easy hang-up after a long day’s work.



4” = 20 stitches and 24 rows


  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn in main color
  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn in contrasting color (if doing colorwork version)
  • Size A: 16” size 7 circular needle
  • Size A: Size 7 double-pointed needles
  • Size B: 16” size 5 circular needle


  • With size B needle, cast on 96 stitches using long-tail cast-on (or preferred cast-on method).
  • Join and place marker at beginning of round.
  • K1, P1…. continue to alternate until end of round.
  • Repeat K1, P1 ribbing for 36 rounds or until piece measures 4.5 inches (or twice your desired brim depth).
  • Switch to size A circular needle.
  • Place every other stitch from cast-on edge onto size B circular needle. Fold brim in half, positioning the cast-on edge behind your working stitches. You’ll be joining these two edges in the next round.
  • Knit one round, knitting also into cast-on edge every other stitch, to end of round. (If stitch on left needle is a K, knit into that stitch and next stitch of cast-on edge. If stitch on left needle is a P, knit into only that stitch.)
  • Discard size B needle. Place marker on size A needle at beginning of round.
  • Knit 5 rounds.
  • For next 16 rounds, follow chart (below). One round = 6 repeats of the 16-stitch pattern. Place markers after each repeat, if desired.
  • After completing chart, resume main color and knit 5 rounds.
  • *K1, K2tog, K19, SSK, PM. Repeat from* two more times. K1, K2tog, K19, SSK.
  • Knit one round.
  • *K1, K2tog, knit until two before marker, SSK. Repeat three times.
  • Alternate previous two rounds until 16 stitches remain.
  • K2tog until 4 stitches remain, removing markers as you go.
  • With 4 remaining stitches, knit an I-cord two inches long (approximately 12 rows).
  • Bind off and pull tail through top of hat to create a loop.
  • Tie off tail to secure loop, then weave in ends.
  • Block as desired.

View more of Lindsay's work from The Fiber Archive and in Issue 6 of Drifltess Magazine.

Upcoming Events at Marble Hill Farm
8101 South Victor Pike Bloomington, Indiana 47403

Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour
Sunday, July 9th
4pm - 8.30pm

Shearing Day
Saturday, April 22nd
11am - 4pm

The evening will culminate in a dinner prepared by local chefs from Big Woods Bloomington, C3 Bar and Truffles, including vegetarian and vegan options. It is a farm to fork experience you will not want to miss. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods Market and DeliHarvest Moon Flower Farm (featured in Issue 3!), Big Woods Bloomington, C3 Bar and Truffles.
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Come share in this community celebration and welcome Spring on the farm with the shearing of the flock of Shetland sheep. Visit with the lambs and learn all about wool with demonstrations and hands-on activities. Discover wildflowers, pollinators and more with scientists and naturalists from our community. Experience small farm life and land stewardship practices that enhance our use of natural resources and support conservation efforts. There will be hayrides, walking tours and farm products available.
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Winter Bundle Sale

It's the last week of winter! Living in the Midwest, we love enjoying all four seasons. For this week only we're offering a $20 Winter Bundle that includes Issues 4 + 6, our latest fall/winter issues, with free shipping on this product! Use code goodbyewinter at checkout. Sale ends the last day of winter - Sunday, March 19th. Visit our online shop for more details.



Issue 7 Submissions

Interested in contributing content to Driftless? Know of an incredible small business that would make a great feature? Have a seasonal recipe you just can’t get enough of? Just got back from an unbelievable adventure? Let us know – we would love to hear more!

Our content is based on contributions from our readers, and we highly value the interest and expertise that local stories bring to the table. When accepting submissions for print, we are looking for content based around Midwest America. Our definition of the Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

Submissions for Issue 7 – Spring + Summer 2017 – are now open. In order to submit a feature for consideration, fill out our online form and submission fee of $12. Submissions will not be considered until the fee is paid. This submission fee helps support the cost of printing – Driftless is completely ad-free, and by paying the submission fee you help ensure we can continue printing physical copies of the magazine. You’ll also receive a complimentary issue for submitting.

Any questions can be directed to with a subject line of "Issue 7 Submission Inquiry." We couldn't be more excited for this 2017 Spring + Summer issue, and look forward to seeing your work!



2017 Subscriptions

Our 2017 Subscriptions are now available! Subscriptions include our two 2017 issues, in both print and digital versions. You'll receive Spring + Summer in May, and Fall + Winter 2016 in October. Exact release dates to be determined based on print timeline. More information in our online shop.



Issue 6

  Painting by Thomas Agran

Painting by Thomas Agran

We could not be more excited to announce that Issue 6 is available for pre-order! This year's Fall + Winter issue includes recipes that will warm you during the cooler months, steps you need to host a beautiful dinner party, and in-depth interviews with an Iowa-based painter, Chicago neighborhood bistro, and independent publishing house in Indiana. You can pre-order Issue 6 for $12 through Friday, November 18th! 



Issue 6 Submissions

  Photograph by  Caitlin O'Hara

Photograph by Caitlin O'Hara

Interested in contributing content to Driftless? Know of an incredible small business that would make a great feature? Have a seasonal recipe you just can’t get enough of? Just got back from an unbelievable adventure? Let us know – we would love to hear more!

Our content is based on contributions from our readers, and we highly value the interest and expertise that local stories bring to the table. When accepting submissions for print, we are looking for content based around Midwest America. Our definition of the Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

Submissions for Issue 6 – Fall + Winter 2016 – are now open. In order to submit a feature for consideration, fill out our online form and submission fee of $12. Submissions will not be considered until the fee is paid. This submission fee helps support the cost of printing – Driftless is completely ad-free, and by paying the submission fee you help ensure we can continue printing physical copies of the magazine. You’ll also receive a complimentary issue for submitting.
*Any current yearly subscribers do not need to pay the submission fee. Please check your email for more details or subscribe here.

Any questions can be directed to with a subject line of "Issue 6 Submission Inquiry." We couldn't be more excited for this 2016 Fall + Winter issue, and look forward to seeing your work!



Indieana Handicraft Exchange

We are so excited to return to Indianapolis this summer. The Indieana Handicraft Exchange is a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies. Admission is free and we will have Issues 2-5 along with other Midwest-print products. We'll be outside in the sunshine at booth 79, come say hello!

Saturday, June 11  //  12pm - 8pm   //   Harrison Center for the Arts   //   1505 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202   //   Booth 79



Interview with MIKE ADAMS

“I want to turn what’s good about the Midwest into something that’s artistically valuable. I don’t want Indiana to be left behind. I want to be a part of it and try to make it better.” - Mike Adams

Born in Claypool and based in Bloomington, Mike Adams has lived in Indiana his entire life. He is a dear friend and became a Driftless contributor in Issue 2 with a nostalgic story about his favorite Christmas tradition, bowling on Christmas Eve with his family.

Adams played pop music in Bloomington for years before beginning his solo career in 2011. When he isn’t writing and recording music or touring while making his podcast, Adams hosts his own television show, The Mike Adams Show. It's filmed with a live audience and features local talent. He has kindly asked Driftless to be on the show (details below!) and we were excited to talk with him about it.

How has growing up and living in the Midwest influenced your music and songwriting?

The Midwest (specifically, Indiana) is the only place I've ever lived. So, the answer to this question probably runs a lot deeper than I care to admit, haha. Things around here tend to be very distinct. It's obvious what is a cornfield and what is a strip mall. All four seasons are really clear, and we're known for being polite. I think, musically, this really comes through in my work. The tunes tend to be clear, accessible and easy to understand. On the other hand, I think the contrast and my rebellious push against that notion comes through lyrically. With imagery and words I really like ambiguity, double entendre, trying to be clever, and all that sort of thing. Saying what I feel without spelling it out or being too on the nail. That combination feels like a really midwestern philosophy to me. It's the only life I know.   

Different from your two previous records, Casino Drone lends itself to the calmness of everyday life. Why do you choose Bloomington, Indiana? What keeps you coming back after visiting so many other cities on tour?

Bloomington is an easy place to live and work. It's affordable, beautiful, diverse, comfortable, and very, very small. I like feeling close to people, so living in a small town makes that almost a given. I sort of think living here feels like living in a year-round summer camp. I'm also allowed the openness here to be as creatively ambitious as I want to be, while maintaing the security that my family is well taken care of. I like traveling and meeting new people, and visiting exciting places, but at heart I'm a homebody and the pace of life here really suits me. Also, Bloomington is very centrally located, so it's super easy and convenient to get just about anywhere I want to go east of the Mississippi.

What made you start The Mike Adams Show and how has it evolved from your original vision?

It was really Jared Cheek's idea to start the show. I think he was influenced by a lot of things, including Cowboy Jack Clement, Cosmo Kramer's Merv Griffin living room, Charles Kuralt, the internet, DIY attitude, his empty garage at the time...and he knew that I'd go along with just about any idea that he ever has! He proposed we start a local, internet-based talk show in his garage, I said "ok", and it has grown from there. We've never really had much of a vision for it, other than it should be as fun as possible. It began as a way to kill time and have some laughs, and as it's grown into this strange live event, it's gotten bigger and we've invited more people in, but that's still very much the guiding principal. Pure fun.

What all goes into to the taping of an episode? How many people are involved? Is there much script planning or do you work better on the spot?

There are about seven of us intimately involved in the production of each episode, excluding the TV crew. There's always a general outline of who-is-coming-on-when, and when we're taking a commercial break, but there's no script. 90-percent of what we're doing on stage is ad libbed and just a reaction to each other, the crowd, or the guest. Lately we've been trying to come up with opening bits, or at least jumping off points for conversation or jokes we'd like to steer the show towards. I think my wife, who's been doing our set design, and Jared, who does all the scheduling, are the people doing the most actual work. The rest of us know our roles and we just try to push our confines as far as we can while maintaing the recognizable format. We typically have one "production meeting" at a restaurant a few days before each show, just to get us all on the same page. It's a fly-by-night operation and we're all snake oil salesmen who actually believe in the powers of snake oil. 

Do you intend to keep the focus on local celebrities or would you like to see it grow beyond that?

I'm happy to ride this thing wherever it takes us. We never, ever, imagined that it would become this live event with an audience that actually wants to be there and is as excited as we are about it, so anything beyond what we have now is just icing on the cake. I love picking the brains of anyone who's doing something interesting, whether local or famous or whomever. Being great and being popular are not mutually exclusive, so as long as we have unique folks to chat with, I'm happy to take advantage of any opportunities this weird thing affords us. 

We invite you to join us for the live taping of The Mike Adams Show on Saturday, June 4th. This event is part of the annual Limestone Comedy Festival, so admissions is included with an event badge. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Mike Adams Show
Saturday, June 4th
7.30pm (sharp!)
John Waldron Arts Center
122 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

More on Mike Adams
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New record CASINO DRONE out on Joyful Noise Recordings
Podcast - Tan Van Tour Talk
The Mike Adams Show



Spring + Summer Sale

We are loving the warmer weather and dreaming of summer days. To help celebrate this time of year, we've bundled together our 2015 and 2016 Spring + Summer issues for $20 plus free shipping. You can read about these issues and their contributors and view previews on our websiteThis online sale ends Friday, May 20th!



Meet the Makers

Curious about the who / what / where / when of Driftless? On Saturday, May 14th we'll be hanging out at PRINTtEXT in Indianapolis with hand brewed Tinker Coffee served by Open Society Public House. On Sunday, May 15th we'll be at Uel Zing Coffee in Bloomington with their delicious coffee and treats from Rainbow Bakery. We'll have issues of our independent, ad-free magazine about food, art, + adventuring in Midwest America. Come say hey, enjoy refreshments, and peruse through current and past issues of the magazine. We'd love to meet you!



Issue 5

We are very excited to announce that Issue 5 is now available for pre-order!  This issue includes interviews with members of Indiana’s first organic dairy farm, recipes designed for road tripping, illustrations of notable figures keeping the Midwest love alive, and the story of a coffee shop that began with a simple yellow cart. We have a special pre-order sale of $12 through Friday, April 22nd.  And in case you've missed out on our previous issues we've bundled Issues 4 + 5 together for a sale price of $20 and Issues 3 + 4 + 5 for $30. Visit our shop for more details!  


Gail Alden was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is proud to help keep Indiana on the map in her role at Traders Point Creamery. She loves planning parties, enjoying good food, helping people create memorable moments, and her three granddaughters.

Justin Armstrong considers himself a proud adopted Hoosier who is happily raising his family in Indianapolis Indiana, where he enjoys environmental conservation, and living life raw. He has put down deep roots in Indiana's agricultural and agritourism communities, including being part of Traders Point Creamery in various capacities since its earliest days.

Brett F. Braley is a native Hoosier and the writer, recipe developer, and photographer for his blog, Fig + Bleu. Currently in Pennsylvania, Brett spends his time reading through his mother's cookbooks and playing with his dog, Milo. From Italy to San Diego, Brett has lived in a few varied locations, but never one as close to his heart as Indiana.
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Brandon Canfield is a chef with over 12 years experience in Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants, boutique hotels, and both local and corporate establishments. His skills and expertise have been honed in major food cities including New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. He uses the historic and traditional cuisines of the Midwest combined with forward-thinking creativity to shape inventive fine dining meals.

Mary Catterlin and Amy Lukas are adventurers, writers, public speakers, and Great Lakes advocates. Growing up on the south shore of Lake Michigan has deeply shaped their lives and defined their unconventional yet entirely fulfilling careers.
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Cynthia Drescher is an Ohioan, avid scuba diver, and professional travel writer. Despite flying over 200,000 miles every year and having traveled to all seven continents, she always returns to the Midwest to continue her adventures. She aspires to begin flying lessons for her private pilot’s license.
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Steven Drescher is an Ohio-based freelance photographer whose recent travels include driving the Garden Route in South Africa, taking the back roads around El Salvador, and camping in the Dry Tortugas, off the Florida Keys. If he could have his way, however, every day would be a summer day of jet skiing and fish frying along the southern shore of Lake Erie.

Rachal Duggan of RADillustrates is an Illustrator and workshop instructor in Chicago. Her clients include the Chicago Reader, the Pitchfork Review, Newcity and Tom Tom Magazine. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she regularly collaborates with other illustrators and artists.
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Jesse David Green is a photographer based in beautiful Detroit. He tells stories of makers, business owners and couples in love in Detroit, northern Michigan and around the country. 
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Lisa M. Hahn is a positive human living in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois with her husband and pup. She is a lover of animals and all things purple. Technical writer by day, curious creative by...always.

Jackson Hooley is the Farm Manager at Traders Point Creamery. He hails from Goshen, Indiana, where he grew up on his family's dairy farm.

Libby Hopper is a jewelry designer and metalsmith based in Detroit, Michigan. When she's not creating in her home studio, you can find her perusing estate sales, reading a good science fiction novel, or spending time with her two favorites, fiancé Alex and dog Tucker.
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Emily Kozik is an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She loves music, traveling and ridiculous tiki drinks. Someday, she hopes to find the perfect white t-shirt.
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Dr. Fritz Kunz and Jane Elder Kunz are the founders and co-owners of Traders Point Creamery, Indiana's first certified organic dairy farm. Both Hoosier natives, they have raised up their family and their business on Jane's grandmother's land, just outside Indianapolis. Dr. Kunz also maintains a medical practice, which has informed the company's strong emphasis on healthful, nourishing food from the pasture to the plate.

Danielle Wolter Nolan is an adventurista who has loved the outdoors all her life. Along her with her wife, she co-founded DNK Presents, a company that provides guided adventure retreats to encourage a healthy, happy community through active outdoor challenges and experiences.
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Amy Oelsner is a musician who lives in Bloomington, Indiana. She plays guitar in the two-woman band Brenda's Friend, as well as her solo project, Amy O. She is the Zine and Creative Writing Program Director at Rhino's Youth Center, a multi-media Afterschool Center for teens. In June 2016, she will be self-publishing the zine Yoko Oh Yes!
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Cathleen Paquet has been playing in bands and writing for zines and blogs within the DIY punk community for 18 years. She owns Hairstream Studio in Bloomington, Indiana, where she works as a hairstylist.

Evan Perigo is a photographer currently living in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys traveling, long distance running, authentic tacos and going home to the great state of Indiana.
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Darin Schwartzentruber is originally from Goshen, Indiana and made his way to Traders Point Creamery where he worked for five years with different aspects of the farm. He finds himself most happy surrounded by quality people and delicious food.  An ideal evening for him would be spent hiking, foraging and fishing for his dinner.

Joanna Tilton is a proud Midwesterner with an an affinity for travel and an interest in place identity. She dreams of owning a bed and breakfast on the shores of Lake Michigan. Until then, she is busy celebrating all things large and small with cake, confetti and champagne toasts in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Samuel Welsch Sveen graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English before working as a barista at Gimme! Coffee for two years in Ithaca and Brooklyn, New York, New York. He now brews A LOT of coffee in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife, Lindsay, and two dogs, Oulala and Hildegaard.

Samantha Vanderlist is a photographer out of west Michigan and couldn’t imagine life without Lake Michigan. She is drawn to the emotional side of photography. When she’s not working she can often be found sending funny Snapchats or reading books.
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Kelsey Weber is a photographer turned food stylist turned art director whose favorite memories include good people, good food and a good adventure. She spent most of her life living in Chicago, Illinois, but has found the last five years living in Michigan filled with some of the most inspiring moments of her life. If the Midwest had higher mountains, she’d never leave.
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Bikes N' Roses

Interview by Sami Ross with David Pohlad of Bikes N' Roses
Photographs by Kaitlyn Herzog

Nestled in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood and a hop, jump, and skip away from the Kedzie Brown Line 'L' stop, is a sunny sanctuary that's changing young lives one spoke at a time. Since 2011, Bikes N' Roses has provided local city youth with a safe community that teaches them the fine art of bicycle maintenance. I had the pleasure of visiting their newest location and chatting with Program Director David Pohlad. Basking in the natural light of their open space while sitting at a countertop across from David, it was easy to see how friends of the organization often found themselves spending hours in the shop drinking coffee and catching up. Big thanks to David for giving us the lowdown on this special Chicago gem.

S: What is the history of the organization?
D: It all started in this neighborhood by a group of teenagers over at Roosevelt High School. It originally started as a bike club, there was no storefront or central location, they would just go to churches and community centers and help people fix their bikes and organize group rides. It was entirely started by youth, which is cool — that's as grassroots as you can get. After a few months of these kids working, our umbrella organization Communities United found them and started funding them. With the help of a professional mechanic, they were able to open an official storefront in 2011. Since then we've had three other storefronts before this one. Now we're at this point where we have this really big, pretty place and a second location on the West Side. 

S: What does a typical day at Bikes N' Roses look like? If there even is a typical day! 
D: On an average day we usually open at eleven and the kids don't come in until about two or three, because they're either in school or sleeping in on the weekends. I like the mornings because it gives me a chance to catch up on repairs. Around three, another paid mechanic and I work together so that one of us can work with the youth and one can work with the customers. Usually I work with the youth because I like it more. 

S: What does the future hold for Bikes N' Roses?
D: There's a lot of talk at our umbrella organization about capacity building and autonomy. I don't make enough money to support my salary, our mechanic's salary, health care, our rent, and so on. So, most of our support comes from the umbrella organization, though eventually we'd like Bikes 'N Roses to support itself. We're getting more efficient as we go and applying for grants and fundraising. We're also working on capacity building. We want to work with as many kids as possible. Obviously, this storefront is big, but it's still a limited space so we're looking at opening multiple locations and building partnerships outside an actual store. We'd like to have kids doing
group rides, immigrant outreach, and organizing bike clinics at community centers. We want to work with as many kids as possible. 

S: How can people outside the organization get involved?
D: A lot of adults come in and want to volunteer, but since we have limited resources, I generally hoard our bikes for the youth. There's a few adults who know what they're doing so they'll fix bikes that we sell in the storefront, which is fine because it brings in money. We have a couple hundred bikes in the basement right now and I want those all for the kids, for the learning process. The best thing for people to do is contact us and ask. There's always something going on that's way over our heads so we can always use the extra help!

S: What are some springtime tips you have for bikers? 
D: Well, if people have been riding all winter it's time for a tune up, or a really involved check up. The winter is really harsh on anything mechanical. As far as preemptive measures, buying a bike in the spring is always very expensive. If you're trying to get a deal on a bike, it's better to buy in the winter. Spring is a great time to ride!

S: What do you think makes Bikes N' Roses so unique? 
D: It's not a business — we're a registered state nonprofit. It runs like a business and some people come in and treat it like a business, while others come in and treat it like a nonprofit. There's no real way to train yourself for a job or program like this. Each kid is different and being able to work with twelve kids at a time and catering to each of their preferences and needs when it comes to learning is a little bit tricky. I think they come here for a reason and bikes are an easy medium to work with when you're trying to interact with kids. There are a lot of interesting parts, every day is new. 

Visit the Bikes N' Roses website or Facebook page to learn how you can get involved. Give your bikes the love and tuneups they need after a long winter. For local Chicagoans, keep an eye out for awesome events hosted in and outside the Albany Park storefront!

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