Like the breeze-billowing curtains in an open window, Inga Witscher effortlessly coasts from the garden into the kitchen.
Wearing knee-high green boots, a large straw hat and a blue dress shielded by an apron, she harvests rich red rhubarb with a few slices from a scythe.
Singing an old folk tune and carrying a bundle of tart plant stalks into the house with her, she makes cocktails for guests waiting outside in lawn chairs at her rural Osseo farm.
That series of scenes in a short Internet video Witscher made with her husband and father depicts the philosophy of local foods and farming that caught the attention of television producers, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported (http://bit.ly/1eAUn4c).
"We wanted to share what we're doing on our farm," Witscher said.
Already a collection of short videos on the Internet, "Around the Farm Table" is making the move in November to broadcast television in a four-episode season that will air in prime time on Wisconsin Public Television.
Like the videos already available online, the upcoming episodes filmed especially for TV will feature farms throughout Wisconsin and dishes that can be made from their foods.
"Basically, find good ingredients and you'll have good food," said Joe Maurer, Witscher's husband and one of the show's producers.
They'd been filming videos for their website for about a year when they decided this past winter to try to show "Around the Farm Table" to a wider audience.
After a few telephone calls, they got the attention of Kathy Bissen, WPT director of production. The show mixes WPT's interest in celebrating Wisconsin life with the rising popularity of cooking shows.
"We know that there is a great interest, almost a resurgence, in cooking and natural foods," Bissen said.
WPT already has a show called "Wisconsin Foodie," which focuses on restaurants and foods found in southern and eastern Wisconsin. The program, now between seasons, will return early next year. Adding "Around the Farm Table" to the channel's lineup covers food produced in northern and western parts of the state, Bissen said.
Witscher said she's not a gourmet cook and her recipes are simple adaptations of dishes she learned from her mother or obtained from other inspiration.
"I'm not some chef," she said. "I milk cows. That's what I do."
The show's focus is on fresh ingredients from Wisconsin farms.
Deutsch Family Farm near Osseo provided lard and organic, humanely raised pork for a meat pie made in one show. Honey and buckwheat flour made at Honey Hill Apiary in Maiden Rock became part of a couple of recipes - including gluten-free pancakes.
Bissen finds Witscher's warm, friendly personality helps her connect with audiences.
"She's very personable," Bissen said. "Not everybody can reach through a television screen and speak to a viewer."
Witscher's humility comes across in a web short of her visit to Rampfest, a festival near Viroqua that celebrates a root vegetable similar to leeks and garlic that grows in Wisconsin maple forests.
She starts the episode by professing she doesn't know much about the plant but eagerly learns about it from a festival organizer. She concludes the video by enthusiastically sampling a dish made from ramps.
Before agreeing to air any episodes, the TV broadcaster requested a pilot show that would establish a template and test of how "Around the Farm Table" would work in a half-hour time slot.
Witscher and company made the pilot during winter. Scenes include ice fishing on Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire and a visit to learn about cheese made at Castle Rock Organic Dairy near Foster.
Lonesome Stone Milling in the southwestern Wisconsin village of Lone Rock provides flour for Danish rye bread, which gets sliced and topped with homemade butter.
Producing the four episodes took about 1 1/2 months, while they also were farming.
"We're also milking cows and making cheese in between," Maurer said.