Joleen Stinson

Supervisor with DeForest Parks and Natural Resources

Meet Joleen Stinson

What do you love best about the community? The Tuesday afternoon farmers’ market in DeForest is a favorite. I have a passion for locally sourced food. The library hosts concerts in the park right after the market. I encourage families to stay and hang out for a while. Of course, I love all of our park amenities. The community is working to connect all the trails, from Main Street at Veteran’s Memorial Park to the Yahara River Trail.  

What makes the Yahara River Trail so special? It really is second to none. Three miles out and back, paved and with boardwalks so it’s stroller-friendly too, with the Yahara River burbling along the side. Sunfish Pond is stocked for kids to learn how to fish. And there’s an Exercise Park adjacent to the trail.

Any insider tips for visitors? The trail, of course! Check out Fireman’s Park for movies in the park and the ADA accessible playground. 

Where do the locals like to eat? Aranda’s for Mexican, bb Jack’s for the burgers, North and South for the barbeque. 

What makes this place so welcoming? It has the small town feel with the amenities you’d want and it’s close to Madison and the airport or you can hop on the interstate. Everyone knows everyone, and that tightknit quality is really evident at community events.

Favorite cheese? My son likes “monster” cheese…that’s how he pronounces muenster cheese.

Favorite slice of pie at Norske Nook? Any of the cream pies!

When you’re not at work, what are you enjoying in the area? I have three little boys and we enjoy living out in the country. I do bring them to the farmers’ market.

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