Touring Marathon and Marinette Counties blog Edible Antics is touring Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we were touring in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the blog. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post some background information on each county followed by specific links to our artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Marathon and Marinette counties looking for edibles and adventures.

Marathon County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Marathon County by David Benbennick

The county is home to 134,000 people and it occupies 1,545 square miles making it Wisconsin’s largest in area.  The county seat is Wausau and other cities include Mosinee and Schofield.  The Wisconsin River runs through the city of Wausau and formed the early settlers primary transportation system.  Early history of this area focused on lumber, sawmills and paper production.  It has evolved into agriculture and has become the Ginseng Capital of the world.  Visitors touring the county will enjoy Rib Mountain State Park  and the Granite Peak Ski area.  Wausau is also the home town of “Crazy Legs” Hirsch who was a star football player for both the University of Wisconsin and the Los Angeles Rams.

There are 884 miles of groomed snowmobile trails for touring in the county that are maintained by 29 local clubs. Artisan partners in Marathon County include:

  • Kaiser Farms produces high quality Wisconsin Ginseng dietary supplements
  • Carle Studios specializes in graphic design, portraits, illustrations and fine art. Included are portraits for family and friends. Most portraits are done from photos of

    Carle Studio portrait

    people, places and pets and are rendered in graphite pencil, colored pencil or mixed mediums. Other products available from Carle Studios are note cards and art prints of colored pencil drawings.

In addition to our Artisan partners Edible Antics Marathon County recommendations include:

  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum features always free exhibits specializing in bird sculptures
  • Wausau River District a renewed section of the city along the Wisconsin River
  • The Jefferson Street Inn a boutique hotel in the center of the River District in Wausau
  • The Rothschild Pavilion a beautiful restored stone pavilion with rustic furnishings that has a railroad car spring mounted dance floor.
  • Ski’s Meat Market offers meat, cheese, deli products and specialty foods
  • Country Fresh Meats specializes in products that are Old World style, minimally processed, naturally smoked (with real wood chips, not liquid smoke), and stuffed into natural casings
  • Abbyland Foods produces a full line of specialty sausages that are still made traditionally – blending old-world skill and pride with modern food processing technology
  • Mountain Bay State Trail is 83 miles of converted rail line that runs from just east of Wausau to Green Bay.
  • Red Eye Brewing serves artisan food and craft beer in downtown Wausau
  • For touring friends looking for pet friendly hotels the Wausau area has a number of them.

Marinette County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Marinette County by David Benbennick

Marinette County calls itself the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin.  The population of 41,800 live on 1,401 square miles.  Marinette is the county seat. Other cities include Niagara and Peshtigo.  The Menomonie River forms the northern border of the county and also the state with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the city of Menomonie, Michigan sharing the shoreline of Green Bay.  The county includes the Governor Thompson State Park and the Peshtigo River State Park is a long, linear state forest that borders some of the most beautiful and exciting sections of the Peshtigo River. Anglers know the river’s free-flowing portion for its excellent fly-fishing; paddlers brave the Midwest’s longest continuous whitewater rapids; and boaters can access more than 3,000 acres of flowage from 15 boat landings.  Marinette Marine has facilities here that are currently producing littoral combat ships for the US Navy.  The largest fire in US history covered a substantial portion of this county.  The Peshtigo Fire of 1871 claimed over 1,200 lives.  The city of Peshtigo rose from the ashes and today maintains a museum and cemetery honoring those lost.

Edible Antics Marinette County recommendations include:

We hope as you tour Wisconsin you have an opportunity to try some of these Edible Antics recommendations.  Drop by Edible Antics next week as we continue our tour in Marquette and Menominee counties.  We will be looking for people, places and edibles Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Lincoln and Manitowoc Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Lincoln and Manitowoc counties looking for edibles and adventures.

Lincoln County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Lincoln County by David Benbennick

28,700 people live in 883 square miles of this county with a county seat in Merrill.  Other cities include Tomahawk and King.  This area of Wisconsin is home to lakes, cabins, outdoors recreation areas and both summer and winter fun.

Northern Wisconsin’s Price, Lincoln and Vilas counties are a bicyclist’s dream, with over a million acres of public forest, thousands of miles of quiet roads and endless miles of beautiful woodland bike friendly trails. State maintained trails include the Hiawatha Trail and the Bearskin Trail.  The hills, ridges and valleys occur at a scale that is absolutely perfect for pedaling and the thousands of gorgeous lakes, rivers and streams help to create the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

Edible Antics Lincoln County recommendations include:

Manitowoc County


The Badger car ferry

This county’s 591 square miles are home to 81,400 Wisconsinites.  Manitowoc is the county seat.  Along the Lake Michigan shore Manitowoc is the home port of the car ferry “Badger” a classic steam powered ship that crosses Lake Michigan from Manitowoc to Ludington Michigan.  The city is home to a long shipbuilding history.  From Iron ore carriers on the great lakes, to submarines during WW and includes luxury yachts fit to cruse the world’s oceans.  Shipbuilding has been the core of the city’s industrial base.

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Rahr Malting Manitowoc Wisconsin

But malted hops for the adult beverage industry has also been a local industry.  Rahr Malting at the eastern end of one of Manitowoc’s main streets shows their dedication to one of their customers. artisan partners from Manitowoc County include:

  • Willow Creek Mill is the maker of high quality baking mixes, made of the finest stone ground flours and ingredients containing no preservatives or additives
  • Beerntsen’s Confectionary specialty chocolate and hard candy business is dedicated to preserving old family traditions and candy-making methods with the finest ingredients to ensure the unsurpassed quality and flavor of their sweet treats
  • Silver Creek Industries  is the premier source for American-made hand-painted art glass with the largest,

    hand painted rose glass panel

    most thematically diverse collection of painted art glass gifts and decor


    Cherry wood cutting board

  • Faraway Farm makes hardwood cutting boards including those in the shape of the State of Wisconsin and is noted for quality craftsmanship using various woods.
  • PDJ Cutting and Fabricating specializes in metal art creations for the home and garden.  Using a computer numeric controlled (CNC) plasma cutter, they create distinctive yard and garden art, welcome signs, and outdoor and rustic décor items some of which can be personalized.

In addition to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners Edible Antics Manitowoc County recommendations include:

  • Henning’s Cheese in rural Kiel  uses natural, as well as non-animal, ingredients and offers a line of Kosher approved cheeses for your enjoyment
  • Newton Meats is a full service meat market in Newton, WI
  • The Millhome Supper Club in Kiel is a classic Wisconsin Supper Club
  • The Courthouse Pub is a microbrewery and restaurant across the street from the County Courthouse
  • The Wisconsin Maritime Museum with the submarine USS Cobia welcomes visitors to tour the sub.
  • Burger Boat Company manufactures beautiful custome yachts since 1863.
  • Mariners Trail is a 5.5 mile recreational trail along the shores of Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Two Rivers.  The paved surface welcomes walkers, joggers, bikers and in-line skaters.
  • Pinecreast Historical Village recreates a turn of the century Manitowoc County village with over 25 historical buildings from the County
  • S.S Badger offers the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes and an authentic steamship experience. The relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise takes passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin
  • Charter Fishing out Two Rivers searching for Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout
  • Susie Q Fish Market in Two Rivers for fresh smoked fish

    Lincoln High School

    Manitowoc Lincoln High School

  • Lincoln High School – home of Shipbuilders Basketball and the 1963 Wisconsin State High School Basketball Champions


We hope you have the opportunity to try these Edible Antics recommendations.

Join us next week as we visit Marathon and Marinette Counties searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

LaFayette and Langlade Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Lafayette and Langlade counties looking for edibles and adventures.

Lafayette County

The county seat is in Darlington in these 634 square miles of Wisconsin home to 16,800 people.  Other cities and villages include

  • Schullsburg


    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Lafayette County by David Benbennick

  • Argyle
  • Belmont
  • Benton
  • Blanchardville
  • Gratiot
  • South Wayne

The First Capitol  of Wisconsin is in Belmont and is a state historical site.  These early lawmakers huddled in the cold during the fall and winter of 1836 and built the framework that would evolve into the state of Wisconsin 12 years later. They met from October 25 to December 9, 1836, put 42 laws on the books, established a judicial system, called for roads and railroads, and — most significantly — established Madison as the permanent capital city.

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St. Augustine Church in New Diggings

In New Diggings the St. Augustine Church has been restored to its 1844 form.  It was originally built as a place of worship for the Irish mining families in the vicinity.

Edible Antics recommendations in Lafayette County include

  • Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne
  • Schullsburg Creamery in Schullsburg
  • Forgotten Valley Cheese in South Wayne
  • Bloody Lake Rendezvous where a group of these living historians host an annual rendezvous event at the appropriately historic Black Hawk Memorial Park near Woodford, WI.
  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration May 14, 2016 in Darlington is a celebration of the cultures from many different Latin American countries including Mexico, Honduras, Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay.
  • The Darlington Canoe Fest June 9-12, 2016 is a weekend long party which also includes a canoe race.
  • The Brewster House restaurant in Schullsburg includes a cheese store, gift shop and restaurant all in one in the downtown of this historic mining village.

Langlade County 


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Langlade County by David Benbennick

Antigo is the county seat for the 873 square mile county that is home to 19,900 people.  Other villages include Langlade and White Lake.  Much of the county is heavy forest with many rivers and lakes for recreational use. For lodging there are cabins and campgrounds to choose from.  The Wolf River runs through the county with boat landings and public access.  This stretch of water is considered one of the best whitewater rivers in the Midwest! The Wolf goes from quiet, calm water in the northern section to complex rapids in the southern sections.  Local outfitters help with rentals and shuttle transportation.

The artisan partner in Langlade County is 

WinPress Publishing offers book publishing and marketing services to new and seasoned authors.

Langlade County Edible antics recommendations include


We hope you have an opportunity to enjoy these Edible Antics recommendations.

Join us next week as we visit Lincoln Count and Manitowoc County searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.




Kewaunee and LaCrosse Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week our Wisconsin county virtual culinary tour takes us to Kewaunee and LaCrosse Counties looking for Wisconsinmade edibles and fun places to visit

Kewaunee County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Kewaunee County by David Benbennick

Occupies 342 square miles and is home to 20,600 Wisconsinites.  The city of Kewaunee is the county seat and additional cities and villages include:

  • Algoma
  • Casco
  • Luxemburg

The Kewaunee pier head lighthouse is often photographed and is a nautical feature of this Lake Michigan harbor town.  There is a museum in the Tugboat Ludington moored in the harbor in Kewanee.  The 44 mile long Ahnapee State Trail, a converted railroad bed, runs from Kewaunee to Sturgeon Bay in Door County.  Bikers, hikers, snowmobilers, cross country skiers and horses all share the trail.

Edible Antics Kewaunee County recommendations include:

LaCrosse County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting LaCrosse County by David Benbennick

LaCrosse is the county for this 453 square mile county that is home to 114,600 people.  Other cities and villages include

  • Onalaska
  • Bangor
  • Holmen
  • Rockland

Main Street in LaCrosse ends at the base of Grandad Bluff, a 570 foot high shear rock bluff that overlooks the city.  From the park at the top you can see three states; Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.  The city has a number of historic districts featuring well-kept early elaborate homes.  Nearby natural attractions include the Samuels Cave containing human form petroglyphs and the Mindoro Cut a 74 foot deep road cut that was hand cut to accommodate the roadway and is one of the deepest remaining examples of this technique.  The Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is adjacent to LaCrosse. artisan partner in LaCrosse County is 


Butter Tarts

Last Course Sensations a boutique bakery specializing in single-serving, hand-crafted desserts.  Her individual servings and elegant packaging make these specialty desserts a great gift, wedding favor, and last course sensation.


Edible Antics LaCrosse County recommendations include:

  • West Salem Wilson Schoolhouse Inn is listed on the City of La Crosse, the State of Wisconsin, and National Register of Historic Buildings. It is located in a rural setting on 12 acres of woods, fields, and gardens only 8 minutes from historic downtown La Crosse. Rental includes the entire schoolhouse and will comfortably accommodate 2 to 8 adults during their stay in La Crosse, WI.
  • Rudy’s Drive In is drive in restaurant with roller skating car hops with summer time “cruise nights” on Tuesdays.
  • Bentley-Wheeler bed and breakfast is located in two refurbished and finely detailed historic homes in LaCrosse
  • Turtle Stack Brewery is a small craft brewery and tasting room located in historic downtown La Crosse
  • Pearl Street Brewery features some award winning beers in LaCrosse
  • 4 Sisters Wine Bar in the heart of historic La Crosse, across from Riverside Park, with views of the majestic upper Mississippi River,
  • The Charmant Hotel is a 67-room luxury boutique hotel in downtown La Crosse, in a renovated candy factory, built in 1898.
  • Piggy’s Restaurant and Blues Lounge in the renovated old Pioneer Foundry Building features smoked entries of ribs, chops, prime rib, swordfish and chicken.
  • The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor and Coffee House
  • The Waterfront Restaurant in LaCrosse offers fine dining with a seasonal outdoor patio overlooking the Mississippi River.
  • Pet friendly lodging for travelers to LaCrosse County.

As you travel Wisconsin we hope you have a chance to enjoy these Edible Antics recommendations.

Join us next week as we explore Lafayette County and Langlade County looking for people, places and edibles all Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Juneau and Kenosha County Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks or these prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.  The archives cover these counties:

This week we visit Juneau County and Kenosha County looking for Edible delights and adventures.

Juneau County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Juneau County by David Benbennick

The county seat is Mauston of this 768 square mile county where 26,700 people live.  Some of the other cities and villages in this county include

  • Elroy
  • New Lisbon
  • Camp Douglas
  • Hustler
  • Lyndon Station
  • Necedah
  • Union Center
  • Wonewoc

The county includes the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.  Nestled in central Wisconsin is a landscape that was epitomized by early homesteaders as the Great Wisconsin Swamp. A mosaic habitat of sedge meadow, savanna, prairie, and pine-oak forest established in 1939, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is home to ringed bog haunter dragonflies, whooping cranes, trumpeter swans, wolves, Karner blue butterflies, badgers, and red-headed woodpeckers.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge has one of the largest savanna restorations taking place in Wisconsin. These efforts have provided habitat for more than 110 species of migratory birds, three species of amphibians, 14 types of reptiles, and more than 44 species of butterflies in central Wisconsin.  Volk Field Air National Guard Base is also located in Juneau County. Also included is the Mill Bluff State Park.  Travelers passing through the Camp Douglas area are intrigued by the unusual, tall bluffs rising abruptly from the flat plain. Mill Bluff’s sandstone buttes were islands in Glacial Lake Wisconsin during the Ice Age, 12,000 years ago artisan partner in Juneau County is:

  • Kustom Kraft Laser specializes in engraving photographs into solid cherry wood.

    wooden laser-emgraved photograph

    The unique, high quality engraving process results in a detailed true-to-life image.

Edible Antics Juneau County recommendations include:

Kenosha County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Kenosha County by David Benbennick

Kenosha is the county seat of this county of 166,400 people that occupy 274 square miles.  The county shares the Illinois state border with Wisconsin and has Lake Michigan as its eastern border.    The economy of the county is deeply tied to the greater Chicago area and welcomes visitors and friends from there to enjoy all the delights of the county.  The county is the corporate home for Jelly Belly (with a Jelly Belly Factory Store) Snap On Tools, Jockey Apparel, Uline and hosts a major warehouse for Amazon.

Other villages in Kenosha County include:

  • Bristol
  • Paddock Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Twin Lakes

The Kenosha lighthouse was originally designated a coast and harbor light for Southport, now Kenosha, Wisconsin provided the first navigational illumination a mariner would see upon entering Wisconsin from the Chicago area. Standing 55 feet (17 m) tall and situated on a hill, the lighthouse projected light from 74 feet (23 m) above lake level. The tower is built of yellow Milwaukee Cream City brick and is conical in shape. Originally the lighthouse contained a fourth order Fresnel lens fueled by kerosene with a fixed-white light which varied by flashes. Officially discontinued in 1906, the lantern room was later removed and replaced by a 25-foot (7.6 m) tripod mast for displaying storm warning flags and lights. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, the lighthouse has been restored and holds an automated electric light artisan partner in Kenosha County includes:

  • Brian Wolf’s Vision Nature Photography enjoys sharing his photos with others by designing Christmas Cards, calendars, and note cards and other items. A recent

    Lingering Soulful Reflections book

    hardbound coffee table book, “Lingering … Soulful Reflections” showcases his photography.

Edible Antics Kenosha County recommendations include:

  • HobNob Supper Club has the ambiance of the classic Wisconsin Supper Club.
  • Rustic Road Brewing is right in the heart of downtown Kenosha. They make their own beers right on site in small batches in the old Wisconsin artisan style.
  • Public Craft Brewing makers of great dark beers and more in Kenosha.
  • Paielli’s Bakery products range from sweet rolls, cakes, pies, Kringles, and desserts, to many different types of bread.
  • Hometown Meats is a full service meat market and delicatessen, which carries a variety of choice meats and salads for your favorite meals or grilling needs.
  • For travelers with pets try Candlewood Suites or La Quinta Inn
  • Frank’s Diner The unusual lunch car diner is recognized as a historic landmark and great breakfast joint.  Featured with Guy Fieri on the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
  • Jelly Belly Factory Store for a huge selection of their candies.
  • Uke’s Harley Davidson is one of the larger dealers in this Wisconsin based motorcycle manufacturers network.

We hope you have had a chance to enjoy these Edible Antics recommendations.

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Join us next week as we search in Kewaunee County and LaCrosse County Wisconsin for more people, places and edibles Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.


Jackson and Jefferson County Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks or these prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.  The archives cover these counties:

The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network recently had a segment discussing items that are made in Wisconsin.  I was the guest and discussed with Joy and her listeners many of the high quality products produced in Wisconsin and featured on  We even had a chance to discuss this blog, Edible Antics.  You can listen to the program at the Joy Cardin Show archives.

We continue our Wisconsin County Edible Antics online culinary tour this week in Jackson County and Jefferson County Wisconsin.  Both counties have much to offer the visitor for their comfort and enjoyment.

Jackson County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Jackson County by David Benbennick

Jackson County is centered on the county seat of Black River Falls.  20,400 folks populate the 987 square miles of this county.  Other villages in the county include:

  • Alma Center
  • Hixton
  •  Melrose
  • Merrillan
  • Taylor

There are four ghost towns in the county:

  • Charter Oak Mills
  • Clay
  • Wrightsville
  • Rogneys

Loggers were the first settlers and were drawn to the area for the white pine.  When logging camps and sawmills closed, the area drew farmers for cranberries, sphagnum moss and strawberries.  Similar to many parts of Wisconsin, there was an influx of Old World Immigrants, which has led to a culturally diverse population. The Black River State Forest, miles of ATV trails, campgrounds, local lakes and parks offer the stage for a multitude of hobbies, interests and recreations.  Lake Wazee, formerly a mine quarry, is considered the deepest, inland lake in Wisconsin.

Edible Antics recommendations in Jackson County include:

Jefferson County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Jefferson County by David Benbennick

Jefferson is the county seat of this county with 83,700 population and 557 square miles of territory.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Fort Atkinson
  • Lake Mills
  • Waterloo
  • Watertown
  • Johnson Creek
  • Palmyra
  • Sullivan

Jefferson County is located between Wisconsin’s major urban areas, Milwaukee and Madison.   It was named after Jefferson County, New York, where some of the original settlers of the county originated.  Correspondingly the town of Watertown, Wisconsin was named after the town of Watertown, New York, which is located in Jefferson County, New York.

The Wisconsinmade artisan partners located in Jefferson County include:

  • Jones Dairy Farm  is not only a leader in all-natural breakfast sausage but the company produces a full line of popular products including dry aged bacon, smoked bacon, ham, Canadian bacon, turkey & sausage. When you’re in south central Wisconsin, check out the all-new Jones Market retail store to pick up fresh products that you can’t get anywhere else.
  • Rushing Waters fish facility in Palmyra produces only the very finest fully cooked, ready-to-eat-hot-smoked fish, processed in their all new HACCP certified plant according to the strictest quality assurance standards. The Trout House at Rushing Waters is more than another great restaurant; it is a unique, mouthwatering, farm-to-fork, culinary experience.  The Trout House menus celebrate seasonal local ingredients sourced on-site from their fishery, smokehouse and the area’s bountiful farms.
  • Berres Brothers Coffee  roasts their own blend of the world’s best quality beans
  • Glenn’s Market provides award winning homemade products like Bologna, Bratwurst, and Fresh Meats. They make every Brat in a USDA certified sausage kitchen, following their HAACP to ensure quality, and with no fillers, artificial colors, or artificial ingredients,
  • Elegant Arrangements by Maureen specializes in gift baskets and assortments that are filled with Wisconsin-made gourmet food products
  • Jim’s Cheese  is the Cheese Cut out Capital of the World, with 400 to 500 different types of sculptures sold in all 48 states and made with real Wisconsin cheese.

In addition to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners in Jefferson County Edible Antics recommends:

  • Aztalan State Park near Johnson Creek is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.
  • The Fireside Dinner Theater in Fort Atkinson has been a premiere entertainment destination in the Midwest for superb musicals featuring Broadway performers, fine dining, and boutique shops in a one-of-a-kind setting
  • Hi-Way Harry’s Steakhouse in Johnson Creek
  • Mangiami Italiano in Fort Atkinson is the ideal location for a romantic evening out or a relaxing meal with friends or family
  • Northern Trails Meats in Watertown offers varieties of summer sausage, hot stix, wieners, bologna, breakfast links, and many kinds of brats. Their homemade ham and bacon are some of their best selling products.
  • Lewis Station Winery in Lake Mills is one of Wisconsin’s most unique premium urban wineries in a re-purposed early 20th-century gas station.
  • Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills
  • The Edgewater Supper Club in Jefferson offers a range of classic dishes as well as novel ones in a cozy dining atmosphere.
  • For travelers looking for pet friendly lodging in Jefferson County Wisconsin

We hope you find time to enjoy these Edible Antics Jackson County and Jefferson County recommendations.

Join us next week as we search out more delightful stops in Juneau and Kenosha Counties looking for people, places and edibles Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Iowa and Iron County Edibles

We are continuing our Wisconsin County culinary tour in Iowa County and Iron County Wisconsin.  At opposite ends of the state these two counties are about a five hour drive apart.  Northwoods wilderness and lakes are reviewed alongside rolling rich agricultural lands.

Iowa County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iowa County by David Benbennick

Iowa County is 762 square miles and has a population of 23,700 with the County seat in Dodgeville.   Other cities and villages include:

  • Mineral Point
  • Avoca
  • Barneveld
  • Cobb
  • Highland
  • Hollandale
  • Linden
  • Rewey
  • Ridgeway

The current agriculturally based farming economy supports many of the jobs here.  The earlier history is preserved in Mineral Point.  The Wisconsin State Historical Society has preserved the Cornish mining history in the Pendarvis historical site.  This part of the state was a major commercial center before Wisconsin became a state.  The mining of lead and zinc were large industries in the early 1800’s.  Cornish pasties were popular lunch meals for the miners.  A folded pastry around a beefy stew center provided mid-day nourishment.  The county is home to three Wisconsin State Parks; Blue Mounds, Governor Dodge and Tower Hill State Park.  Tower Hill contains an 1831 “shot tower” off the edge of a cliff where molten lead was dropped from the top of the tower and it formed a round globular shape on the way down and fell in a vat of cold water at the bottom.  These lead balls were then used as shot for early rifles.  The Military Ridge State Trail also traverses the county. The west end of the trail is at Governor Dodge State Park.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Iowa County include:

  • Little Creek Press is the Mineral Point publisher of a number of books for children and adults.
  • Walnut Hollow in Dodgeville has developed InGrained Art as a new line of wall décor using a revolutionary new process that allows wood surfaces to be enhanced with

    Wisconsin Capitol Lake View photo on wood

    high-resolution imagery. This process allows all of the natural grain and texture of the wood to show through while maintaining the quality, detail and resolution of the original image.

  • Wagging Tail Bakery  features a Sampler Gift Bag that is an assortment of homemade dog snacks

In addition to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners Edible Antics Iowa County recommendations include:

  • Taliesin was the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He first designed the home for himself in 1911. From that time until his death in 1959, Wright continuously changed the home and the surrounding landscape, which included buildings that he had designed for his family.  At the time of Frank Lloyd Wright’s death, “Taliesin” referred to the home, the surrounding 600-acre estate, and 4 other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures.
  • Hook’s Cheese Company in Mineral Point has won numerous awards for their Parmesan cheese (try it with a nice Merlot), Cheddar cheese (with a glass of Syrah), Colby cheese (with a Malbec) and their Blue cheese (with a glass of Cabernet)
  • Uplands Cheese Company is the maker of award winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve. It is the most-awarded cheese in American history, having won Best of Show in the American Cheese Society’s annual competition three times (2001, 2005 and 2010), and having also won the US Cheese Championships in 2003. It is the only cheese to have won Best of Show three times, and the only cheese to have ever won both of the major, national cheese competitions.
  • Botham Vineyards is an original Wisconsin winery and one of only a handful with estate vineyards producing authentic Wisconsin wine.
  • Lake Louie Brewing in Arena provides quality beers including Tommy’s Porter, one of my favorites.
  • The Quality Bakery in Dodgeville provides sweets for all.
  • Brewery Creek brewpub in Mineral Point for good beers and historic lodging.
  • The Mineral Point Opera House began in 1915 as a vaudeville house. Over the years, it has been used as a movie theater and a venue for a variety of live performances.  After extensive recent restoration, it is open again.
  • Mineral Point Gallery night happens four times a year; the first for 2016 is April 2. Local galleries open for tours and visitors can see the artists at work.

Iron County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iron County by David Benbennick

Iron County population is 5,900 people living on 757 square miles.  It is the third least populated county in Wisconsin.  The County seat is Hurley with other cities and villages of:

  • Montreal
  • Mercer
  • Manitowish

The northern border of the county includes some Lake Superior shoreline and the state border with the upper peninsula of Michigan.  The Gogebic Range of mountains is in the northern portion of the county and the Turtle Flambeau Flowage covers most of the southern portion of the county.  Here is another map of Iron County showing the extensive undeveloped land.

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Iron County Wisconsin

Edible Antics Iron County recommendations include:

  • In Mercer Claire d Loon weighs 2,000 pounds, stands 16 feet tall, and lends credibility to the town’s claim to be the “Loon Capital.”
  • The Plummer Mine Headframe is part of an iron mine that opened in 1904, the Plummer Mine shaft angles downward from the headframe following a vein of ore into the earth to a depth of 2,367 feet. The Plummer Mine closed in 1924 and is the last such headframe standing in Wisconsin. From an engine house, cables ran up over the wheels at the top of the headframe and were attached to elevator cars, lowering miners and equipment underground and pulling ore cars back to the surface.

Edible Antics continues our tour next week in Jackson County and Jefferson County where we are looking for people, places or edibles that are all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Green and Green Lake County edibles

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Is it an Irish miracle we are in Green County and Green Lake County on St Pat’s Day?

This week we continue our Wisconsin County culinary tour in Green County and Green Lake County.  Both of these Wisconsin counties have major tourism activities to complement their economic base.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Green County by David Benbennick

Green County

Green County hosts 36,800 people on 584 square miles.  The county seat is Monroe and other cities and villages include:

  • Broadhead
  • New Glarus
  • Monticello
  • Albany
  • Browntown

Green County is a heavily agricultural based community that is the largest cheese producing county in Wisconsin.  It has a strong Swiss and German heritage that offers visitors a chance to experience some of these old-world traditions.  Local festivals often feature yodeling, dancing, Alpen horns, flag throwing and Swiss and German dress.  The Green County Master Cheese-GruyereCheesemakers are well represented at the World championship Cheese contest in Madison, Wisconsin March 7-9th.  Champions from over 2,000 entries in 102 classes of cheese, butter and yogurt were selected with one of them crowned the Grand Champion best cheese in the world..  And that Grand Champion Cheese is…..the Roth Grand Cru Surchoix from Emmi Roth – Monroe, Wisconsin.  A Green County cheese won the Championship. artisan partners in Green County include

  • Decatur Dairy known for their award winning Havarti, Brick and Muenster.  Just received third place in Class 37 Brick, Muenster for Steve Stettler’s Brick Cheese and first place in Class 59 Open Class: Smoked and Semi soft cheese for their Smoked Mediterranean Herb Havarti.  Try their Brick cheese with a glass of Merlot.
  • New Glarus Bakery featuring fine Swiss Pastries, breads and Holiday Stollen.
  • Emmi Roth Cheese Company known for their Swiss, Parmesan, and Buttermilk Blue cheese in addition to winning
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    World Cheese Contest entires

    the Grand Champion award at the World Cheese Championships also second place in Class 52 Smear Ripened Hard Cheese for their Roth Private Reserve; third place in Class 57 Open Class Pepper Flavored Cheese, Medium Heat for their Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda. Try their Gouda with a glass of Champagne.

  • Minhas Brewery and Distillery makers of fine beers and spirits and MInhas soda
  • Benesh Photography presents award winning images from outdoor Wisconsin
  • Winks Whoopie Pies These soft cake-like sandwiches with a creamy buttercream filling became an instant hit.

In addition to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners Edible Antics Green County recommendations include:

Cheese Companies

  • Chalet Cheese the last US maker of Limburger cheese
  • Edelweiss Cheese makers of fine Swiss and Muenster cheeses.  Swiss cheese pairs well a chilled Riesling.
  • Klondike Cheese makers of fine Brick cheese and Odyssey Greek Yogurt and Feta
  • Maple Leaf Cheese makes award winning cheddar.  Cheddar pairs well with Pinot Gri.
  • Depplers cheese known for their Baby Swiss cheese. Swiss cheese pairs well with Riesling.

Meat markets

Restaurants and Supper Clubs

  • Baumgartner’s Cheese Shop and Tavern on the Square in downtown Monroe is the oldest cheese shop in Wisconsin and features local beers and cheeses. Try their liver sausage and Limburger cheese sandwich with a slice of raw onion on Rye.
  • Turner Hall in Monroe is steeped in the Swiss traditions and history of south-central Wisconsin, the Turner Hall of Monroe is a non-profit 501(c) (3) center of Swiss heritage and community activities. Established in 1868, it is believed to be the only
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    Turner Hall

    Turner Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States, and is likewise one of the oldest, continuously-running Swiss entities in this country. The building, a Swiss Emmenthal-style chalet designed by German architect Max Hanisch, is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is handicapped-accessible.  An authentic Old World Ratskeller Restaurant, an elegant Grand Hall with the area’s largest wooden floor, and a “retro” 8-lane Family Bowling facility are all part of the Turner Hall of Monroe

  • Franklin Grove near Albany is opening for the season March 23 for Wed thru Sunday meals.  According to one reviewer: “Not a huge menu but an interesting one. Food has always been excellent. Loved the afternoon tea. We enjoy the ambience – you eat in the midst of an antique store. Good place to find an unusual gift.”
  • New Glarus Hotel serves patrons Swiss specialties like Geschnetzeltes, Cheese Fondue à la Neuchatel, Beef Fondue Bourguignonne, Rösti, and more!

Specialty shops and interesting stops

  • Chocolate Temptation is a chocolate shop with ice cream and coffee for you on the square in Monroe.
  • Esther’s European Imports Swiss shop in New Glarus has fondue and Raclette supplies, regional cookbooks, traditional Swiss folk wear, Swiss cow bells and more.  A little bit of Switzerland right here in Wisconsin.
  • Brenda’s Blumenladen is an amazing boutique with a great selection of home décor, giftware, flowers and fashion accessories, as well as a greenhouse and complete garden center.
  • New Glarus Brewing is a quaint little brewery nestled on the outskirts of New Glarus, Wisconsin. The brewery is run by an enthusiastic couple, Daniel & Deb Carey, who have successfully combined business management and brewing professionalism. Their philosophy is based on individuality, cooperation and the employment of 100% natural ingredients to produce world-class, handcrafted beers for their friends in Wisconsin.  Their beers are available “Only in Wisconsin”

Interesting Tourism attractions in Green County

  • The Swiss Historical Village & Museum presents the unique story of the founding of New Glarus in 1845 and traces the Swiss colony’s growth into a dairy farming community that continues to keep alive its ethnic heritage.
  • Green County Courthouse was built in 1891; it is the county’s second permanent courthouse. Architect G. Stanley Marshfield designed the Richardsonian Romanesque building. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
  • Catalog and online company Duluth Trading is headquartered in Belleville Wisconsin and has an outlet store for customers to search for bargains.
  • Catalog and online company Swiss Colony is headquartered in Monroe Wisconsin and has an outlet store for items from their eleven catalog divisions
  • The Sugar River State Trail follows an abandoned railroad line in south central Wisconsin for 24 miles from New Glarus to Brodhead.  The Sugar River State Trail  has fourteen trestle bridges cross over the Sugar River and its tributaries, while the trail passes by farmlands, woods, rolling hills, scenic meadows, remnant prairies and glacial topography. North of Brodhead, the trail goes over a replica covered bridge. The trail has also been designated as a National Recreational Trail.  The Sugar River Trail headquarters is in the restored 1887 railroad depot in New Glarus. The building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and houses displays of local culture and railroad history.
  • National Historic Cheesemaking Center in Monroe.  Discover the leadership and innovation that Monroe area cheesemakers have provided throughout the years, molding Wisconsin into the country’s premier quality cheese producer.

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Green Lake County by David Benbennick

Green Lake County

The City of Green Lake is the county seat of this county that is home to 19,100 people and covers a relatively small 354 square miles.  Other cities include:

  • Princeton
  • Berlin
  • Markesan

Green Lake is the largest and deepest natural inland lake is Wisconsin.   Green Lake is known for its fishing and recreational tourist community during the summer months. Area activities include camping, biking, fishing, hiking, golfing, swimming, and boating. Green Lake is the home of the Green Lake Conference Center, which was founded by the American Baptist Churches USA in 1943. Also near the conference center is the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, built on the former estate of Victor F. Lawson, the owner and publisher of the Chicago Daily News.

The county includes the White River Marsh and the Grand River Marsh state wildlife areas.  In summer these areas host some of the rare migratory Whooping Cranes.  Crane Fest that celebrates these cranes is scheduled for September 10, 2016.

Edible Antics Green Lake County recommendations include:

  • Heidel House Resort and its Grey Rock restaurant
    Heidel House overview

    Heidel House

    on the shores of Green Lake hosts their Brewfest March 19th with appetizers, live entertainment and over 100 microbrews from Wisconsin.

  • Beckwith House in Berlin is a historic hotel built in 1863
  • Russel Moccasin Company in Berlin has dedicated itself to providing hunters and outdoors men and women with the finest handmade, custom fitted moccasin style boots and shoes available anywhere…at any price.
  • Ellison’s Grey Lion Inn bed and breakfast in Princeton provides comfortable lodging for visitors to the famous Princeton Flea Market, craniacs visiting the White River Marsh or casual vacationers in the area.
  • The September 9 -11 Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton
  • Franks Hometown meat in Berlin is a local butcher shop with a full variety of meats available to locals and visitors alike.
  • Lenz’s Green Lake Meadows Farm for grass fed beef
  • Honey Creek Farm for beef
  • The Village Bakery in Princeton
  • The Angel Inn in Green Lake is a beautifully restored turn-of- century Greek Revival Mansion on the western shores of Green Lake.

Both Green County and Green Lake County offer visitors numerous opportunities to experience some of the Wisconsin heritage and the delicious treats that are available in these communities.  We invite you to experience all these people, places and edibles Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Join us next week for culinary and tourism sights in Iowa and Iron counties.

Forest and Grant County Edibles

This week we extend our Wisconsin county culinary tour to Forest and Grant Counties.  They are on opposite sides of Wisconsin – far northeast and far southwest.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Forest County by David Benbennick

Forest County

This county is named after the dense forest that shares the territory. 9,300 people live on the 1,014 square miles with Crandon as the county seat.  Other towns include

  • Argonne
  • Laona
  • Moll Lake
  • Newald
  • Wabeno

Much of the northern portion of Wisconsin is part of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest  and it includes most of Forest County.  The county also includes the home of the Forest County Potawatomi Indians, who are the Keeper of the Fire.  There are many lakes and wildlife areas in Forest County.

 Edible Antics Forest County recommendations include:

TRAILS Pow-wow Mole Lake in Crandon March 12 – March 13 features dancers, drummers with a feast provided both days plus Native American craft vendors.

The Lumberjack Steam Train Cowboy Reenactment in Laona July 16 steps back in time where you come take part in a Wild West train robbery the authentic Cowboy Reenactment and robbery of the Lumberjack Steam Train. You are invited to come and ride the train.  At other times the Lumberjack Steam Train takes you out to “Camp 5”, the site of an old logging camp. Later it became the site of the Lumber Company Farm. When you arrive, you find some of the old buildings which were a part of the Lumber Company Farm.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Grant County by David Benbennick

Grant County

This county in southwestern Wisconsin shares state boarders with both Illinois and Iowa.  The county seat is in Lancaster.  The county occupies 1,148 square miles and hosts 51,200 people.  Other cities in the county include:

  • Boscobel
  • Cuba City
  • Fennimore
  • Platteville

Villages include

  • Bagley
  • Bloomington
  • Blue River
  • Cassville
  • Dickeyville
  • Mount Hope
  • Patch Grove
  • Potosi
  • Tennyson
  • Woodman

Boscobel hosts the Boscobel Hotel  and Central House generally regarded as the home of the first Gideon Bible.

The lower portion of the Wisconsin River widens and joins the Mississippi River here.  Wyalusing State Park is high on a bluff overlooking the confluence of these two rivers.

Stonefield Village is a historic restoration of an early Wisconsin settlement near Cassville. artisan partners in Grant County include:

Martha’s Hot Mustard is a honey mustard producer in rural Grant County that has developed a fan base for her sweet-hot mustard nation-wide.  It’s great on crackers and cheese, ham, turkey, hot dogs, hamburgers – even popcorn! Everyone who tastes Martha’s Hot Mustard is sure to love it!

Edible Antics Grant County recommendations include:

In Potosi The Potosi Brewery and National Brewery Museum offers visitors a tour of a restored regional brewery, the National Brewery Museum, fine locally produced adult beverages, a beautifully restored back bar, a restaurant with good pub food, outdoor seating in the summer and welcoming Wisconsin hospitality year round.

Weber Meats in Cuba City offers a wide variety of meat products for their customers in south western Wisconsin and north western Illinois.

The Dickeyville Grotto on Holy Ghost Parish grounds are the works of Father Mathias Wernerus, pastor from 1918 – 1931. His handiwork, built from 1925 – 1930, is dedicated to the unity of two American ideals-love of God and love of country. It is a creation in stone, mortar, and bright colored objects collected from all over the world

Meister Cheese Company in Muscoda makes specialty cheeses in the old world fashion but with modern technology.

The Fenway House Hotel in Fennimore was built in 1918 and offers endless old world charm from the creek that runs thru the dining room to the original terrazzo floors.

The Cream Pitcher bed and breakfast in Blue River blends modern amenities with old-fashioned quality and comfort. The home is embellished with a large collection of antiques, including pitchers from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

Here is the Burst O’ Lemon Muffin recipe from The Cream Pitcher B&B as listed in the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Cookbook:

Burst O’ Lemon Muffins (makes 1 dozen)

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup lemon yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut


  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.  In a separate bowl beat together the yogurt, egg, butter, lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.  Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in the coconut and fill greased or lined muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and muffins test done.  Cool 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

For the topping:  I a saucepan combine the lemon juice and sugar.  Cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Stir in the toasted coconut.  Using a toothpick poke 6-8 holes in each muffin.  Spoon the lemon coconut mixture over the muffins.  Serve warm or cool to room temperature.

More culinary treats next week as we visit Green County and Green Lake County in search of people, places and things that are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.




Florence and Fond du Lac County edibles

Our Wisconsin county culinary tour this week moves to Florence and Fond du Lac counties.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Florence County by David Benbennick

Florence County

Florence is in the northeast portion of Wisconsin.  With 4,400 people spread over 488 square miles it is one of the sparsest populated counties in Wisconsin.  The county seat is the city of Florence.  Located along the Wisconsin Michigan boarder this county is mostly forested wilderness with many rivers and lakes for recreational activities.

Edible Antics Florence County recommendations include:

Maxsells Supper Club is on the National Historic Register and features casual fine dining on Florence’s Fisher Lake.  It was originally an 1899 Prairie School home built by lumberman Mr. David Fulmer in 1904.

Wisconsin Wild Rivers is a new 100 mile loop that features 15 access points to enjoy the Pine and Popple Wild Rivers in Florence County, Wisconsin.   The public owned lands along these rivers are managed to show as little human intervention as possible


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Fond du Lac County by David Benbennick

Fond du Lac County

The city of Fond du Lac is the county seat of Fond du Lac County.  101,600 people live here and the county covers 722 square miles.  Fond du Lac is French for bottom of the lake, and the city is located on the southern shores of Lake Winnebago.  Other cities in the county include Ripon and a portion of Waupun. Villages include:

  • Brandon
  • Campbellsport
  • Eden
  • Fairwater
  • Mount Calvary
  • North Fond du Lac
  • Oakfield
  • Rosendale
  • St. Cloud

Part of the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Eldorado State Wildlife area are both located in the county. artisan partners in Fond du Lac County include:

  • Firl Industries features high quality log carriers that provide a clean and easy way to carry wood for the fireplace or wood burner
  • Kreative Kraftwerks  specializes in handcrafted soy candles, soaps and lotions
  • Chrome Domz creates some of the most unique metal embossed wall art  including officially licensed University of Wisconsin Badger wall hangings

In addition to our artisan partners Edible Antics Fond du Lac county recommendations for you:

We hope you have time to enjoy these delightful Wisconsin treasures.  They all feature folks that focused to provide you experiences that are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Join us next week for our culinary tour of Forest and Grant  counties.