World Dairy Expo 2015


Program Cover World Dairy Expo

Wisconsin, the Dairy State, welcomes the World Dairy Expo to Madison this week.  The Expo features exhibits, contests, judging and facilitates the purchase and sale of dairy cattle from all over the world.  This year the Expo celebrates 50 years of hosting dairy farmers and supporters with a grand show.

World dairry expo judging ring

Dairy Judgeing

Over 77,000 dairy industry enthusiasts will attend.  More than 3,000 of them from 94 foreign countries.  There are over 800 company exhibitors from 24 countries.  In attendance will be over 2,000 head of cattle representing the 7 dairy breeds.  For these few days Madison, Wisconsin becomes the center of the dairy universe.

brown swiis

Brown Swiis

The 2014 dairy cattle representatives were:

  • Ayrshire – 258
  • Brown Swiss – 366
  • Guernsey – 241
  • Holstein – 582
  • Jersey – 401
  • Milking Shorthorn – 228
  • Red and White – 258

Implement manufacturers, equipment suppliers and support firms make up the exhibitor list.  Families and industry insiders all attend to see what is new, how others are approaching various problems and what to expect in the future.

Wisconsin’s dairy industry history and heritage builds a sound base for this annual event.  Most the milk produced in Wisconsin is used in the production of over 80 varieties of cheese.  Our Master Cheesemakerscertified-masters-mark are in attendance at the Expo and are featured at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board booth where they are serving grilled cheese sandwiches daily.  Now that the weather has turned cooler Wisconsinmade will resume shipping many of these quality cheeses on October 1.  This international Expo and our quality cheeses are both

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Art Show and Auction

FCI Art Fair 2015

FCI Art Show and Auction 2015

Wisconsinmade is pleased to be one of the sponsors in support of the Food Concepts, Inc. 8th annual Art Show and Auction in support of the Middleton Outreach Ministry.  This year’s show features the photography of Korbin Berg.  Korbin’s images are presented for your review in framed displays throughout the beautiful FCI facilty at 2551 Paramenter Street in Middleton Wisconsin.  

In addition to Korbin’s work there are other artworks in pottery, paintings, jewelry, textiles and ceramics.  Silent auctions on these items will close in phases over the course of the evening.  There will be live music and refreshments available.  It promises to be a delightful evening from 5:30 to 9:00 PM Thursday October 1, 2015.

Stop by Thursday evening if you are in the Middleton area.  See you there to view and bid on items

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Cranberries, Apples and Barbeque, Oh My!

The fall harvest festivals in bountiful Wisconsin continue this weekend.  The weather is forecasted to be a beautiful late summer early fall sampling of delight.  So what’s your pleasure?


Gays Mills Apple orchard

The city of Gays Mills in southwestern Wisconsin along with a number of area apple orchards celebrate the Gays Mills Apple Festival.  Saturday and Sunday both have scheduled events for the whole family.   This part of Wisconsin is the drift less region where it was not subjected to the glacial smoothing of the north eastern part of the state.  As a result there are picturesque hills and valleys with twisty roads and overlooks.  The ridges above Gays Mills are home to a number of apple orchards that welcome you with their offerings of apples, turnovers, cider, donuts and a sampling of dairy products from the area.

cranberry guys

Ocean Spray Cranberry harvest

The area in central Wisconsin around Warrens hosts their annual Cranberry Festival.  Cranberries are a major agricultural product for Wisconsin and we rank number one in production with over 60% of the nation’s total output harvested here.  This festival in Warrens celebrates all things cranberry with over 1.300 artisan display booths that stretch out over three miles.  You can take tours of nearby cranberry producing bogs, explore the large arts and crafts fair or sample cranberry themed food products.

beef A Rama Minocqua 2015

Grilling at Beef- A-Rama

There is also a Swiss influenced Octoberfest in New Glarus along with other October fests in a large number of communities throughout Wisconsin.   Or the Beef-A-Rama in Minocqua.  Or the Brew-B-Que in Lodi.  The Travel Wisconsin website is a great resource to find happenings in your area.


Wisconsinmade deluxe cranberry assortment

We hope you and your family can get out there and enjoy this beautiful fall weekend of food fun in Wisconsin.  And if you need quick access to these scrumptious food items check out the cranberry items the apple items and all of our meat selections on

All of them are:

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Bacon! Bacon!


Bacon selection

Everything is better with bacon, right?  Fall in Wisconsin is starting and it is the season of festivals.  Many of them food related.  We will cover some of them over the next few weeks.  This weekend it is the River Falls Bacon Bash.  This festival features all things bacon, pig-themed activities, live music, merchandise from local artists and bacon vendors over the September 19-20 weekend.  There will be sampling of bacon related products from River Falls restaurants and food vendors.  About 40 vendors will be showcasing their products such as specialty sauces, ice cream, arts, crafts and novelty items.


bacon sampler

The Kinnickinnic River is a world-class trout stream with over 8,000 trout per mile in some stretches. The “Kinni” flows through the City of River Falls and provides a beautiful backdrop to the Bacon Bash.

All over Wisconsin you can find small meat markets that supply local residents with fresh beef, pork, chicken, fish and game meats. Bacon is a staple for most of them.


bacon wrapped filets

Wisconsinmade has a featured selection bacon sampler that includes hickory and cherrywood smoked bacon.  Or how about a bacon slab where you can cut yours to any thickness you like.  Also available on are bacon wrapped beef filets, breakfast meats assortment sampler, bacon carmel corn popcorn (it’s delish) and even bacon treats for your dog.  


Bacon Carmel Corn

So if you can’t make it to River Falls this weekend for their Bacon Bash 2015 be sure to drop by and stock up on great Wisconsinmade bacon.

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I Scream For Ice Cream

Babcock Hall Ice cream pints

Recently Reuters published an article detailing the changing tastes in the ice cream market.  Among other changes noticed in the worldwide markets for ice cream they reported that consumers are turning to niche brands with unusual ingredients.  The mindset they quoted was “If I’m gonna have some ice cream, it’s gotta be the good stuff.”

Here in Wisconsin, the dairy state, we specialize in “the good stuff.”  The University of Wisconsin Madison has as part of their agriculture school an entire laboratory and production facility devoted Babcock Hall ice cream productionto the process of producing high quality ice cream and teaching students how it is done.  As a result Wisconsin manufacturers include Chocolate Shoppe, Cedar Crest and the UW’s own Babcock Hall  brands of ice cream.  Graduates from this program are in high demand.


Flavor selections offers these ice creams for delivery packed with dry ice in a reusable foam cooler.  Also available are delicious ice cream toppings to add to the treat.  Looking for unique flavors of ice cream?  How about these items:

  • Cookie dough                              Black Licorice
  • Mint Chocolate                             Coconut Almond
  • Cookies and cream                      Espresso Oreo
  • Mocha Machiatto                          Machinac Island fudge
  • Orange custard chocolate chip    Mint Avalanche
  • Blue moon                                     Zanzibar Chocolate

On a hot summer day a cool dish of special ice cream hits the spot.  So join the international trend and get “some of the good stuff” for you and your family at Wisconsinmade.

Ice Cream! – Made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.

Git your grill on!

Labor Day weekend.  It’s the start of high school, college and professional football season.  Cities all across Wisconsin have the dedication and verve to attend their home town high school football games on Friday nights.  And Saturday the college teams from UW Whitewater to UW La Crosse  and of course the University of Wisconsin Madison Badgers engage in gridiron battles.  On Sunday (usually) the Title Town Green Bay Packers carry on the historic honor of the only community owned team in the NFL.


Pre-game tailgating

cooler with drinks

Liquid refreshments

Well a large part of all these fans traditions relates to the fine art of “tailgating.”  Hours before the game actually begins fans gather in parking lots, parks and homes to eat, share the excitement and prepare for the game. The coolers full of various beverages, the dips and chips, the veggies and fruit with assorted dips and of course the mandatory burned meat.  Mostly sausages and hamburgers but occasionally steaks, fish, chicken and more.  

grilling burgers and dogs

gilling up some burgers and dogs

Many visitors to Wisconsin find specific meats that become favorites but are not available in their home markets.  Ethic specialties and unique preparations that they miss and wish were available.  Folks, who lived in Wisconsin, went to school in Wisconsin or vacationed in Wisconsin need to access these special meats for their tailgating parties.


Smoke Salmon sampler to the rescue!  

Wisconsinmade has a broad selection of grilling meats from a large variety – brats to hamburgers, steaks and smoked fish.  And relishes, sauces, pickles, mustard, rubs, mushrooms and all the “fixings” can be delivered right to your door, even if you live in a place that doesn’t understand the tailgating tradition.

So….. fire up that computer, order all your fondest memories of the best tailgating treats from and then on that special evening (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday) Fire up the grill and get your game on!

On Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs

A long tradition in Wisconsin is a unique version of the dining out experience.  They are called “Supper Clubs.”   They focus on the evening meal which in Wisconsin is called “supper.”  Others call it dinner, but here it is supper.  And these restaurants are not “clubs” per se but rather gathering places for good food, good atmosphere at a reasonable price.

relish tray

Relish tray

The most traditional version starts the meal with a relish tray that would include fresh carrots, celery, olives and pickles.  It wuld be accompanied by a basket of cellophane wrapped crackers and a dish of soft spreadable cheese.  You dinner selection would include a salad, normally a quarter of a head of iceberg lettuce and a selection of dressings.

friday fish fry

Friday night fish fry


Prime Rib dinner

On Friday nights the special would be a deep fried fish, usually cod, and French fried potatoes with a side order of cold slaw.  Wednesdays and Saturdays the feature would be a slice of prime rib.  Petite, queen or king size?  And how would you like that done?  The chef recommends medium rare.  Dessert was optional but usually included some specialty of the house.


Ishnala dining room

We recently had the opportunity to dine at a fine example of this tradition – Ishnala- just outside Wisconsin Dells overlooking beautiful Mirror Lake.

Summer evenings are delightful in Wisconsin and they are made even better with trip to your favorite supper club.  There many scattered throughout the state and they attract locals and visitors alike. has a book about them you can use as a guide.5943-the-supper-club-book-Supper-Club (1)  How long would it take to visit each one?

Which is your favorite Wisconsin Supper Club?

Wisconsin’s Pickled Pride

Prior to the development of modern refrigeration many foods were preserved for later use by the process of pickling.  Most are familiar with dill pickles, pickled beets and sweet pickles.  The process is used to preserve many other gourmet foods as well.

Wisconsin is home to one of the most experienced and best pickled product producers in the country.   And is proud to partner with this five generation family producer of these quality products.  Here is their description of the products you can find on

Bay View line-of-products

Pickled products available on


Only the finest imported herring in the world is used: wild caught herring from the North Atlantic seas. Only Grade A fillets meet our exceptionally high standards. This herring is processed by master food processors with years of hands on experience. Our herring is second to none!  Due to seasonal shipping precautions our herring products only ship in the cooler months beginning October 1.

Herring Party Bites in Wine Sauce – Made with our special sweet/sour brine with a splash of wine and fresh sliced onions. Party bites refers to the uniform, large, cracker size pieces.


Pickled herring roll mops

Herring Party Bites in Sour Cream – We start with our same great herring fillets and add our pure sour cream sauce, with no buttermilk or extenders. Our jars are pure white and blended by hand to perfection, not machine mixed. Our process makes for a unique flavor of sweet cream and delicious herring.

Herring Rollmops in Wine Sauce – We take uncut Grade A herring fillets and wrap them around a spiced, dill pickle. Held together with toothpicks, we then hand slice and place pack these rollmops in jars for a great looking pack. This is an old world quality product that is hard to find.


Pickled, Smoked, Polish Sausage – We start with the finest cuts of beef and pork for a perfect blend of flavor, with a deep smoke coloring. We use Byron Liebner’s original sausage recipe made specifically for pickling and long shelf life without becoming soft and mushy. Uniform in size, our blend of spices and brine enhance the flavor.


Pickled Polish Sausage

Pickled, Smoked, Red Hot Polish Sausage – We use our famous recipe polish sausage and turn up the heat. This product has a large following throughout the country. If you like things hot and spicy, this is the pickled sausage for you.

Pickled Pork Hocks – This is our number one item! We start with a full pork shoulder and center cut these to give us the meatiest and leanest hocks sold anywhere today. The hocks are hand sliced, trimmed, and packed. You will not find another product like it.

Pickled Turkey Gizzards – We begin with solid, dark, turkey meat, rich in flavor. We cook these until tender, then hand trim and pack them for a wonderful pickled delicacy, packed in our flavorful spiced pickling brine for just the right taste. We separate the large gizzards for sale by the piece in the taverns, and the smaller ones are packed in the retail size jars.

Pickled Bologna – Bay View Brand pickled, smoked, bologna, is a skinless, finely ground German knackwurst. Pickled and seasoned with natural spices and a touch of garlic to create a great tasting meat snack. The bologna is cut into uniform pieces for easy snacking. This bologna uses the finest cuts of beef and pork, to keep its firmness in brine for many months.


pickled eggs

Pickled hard boiled eggs

Pickled Eggs, Original Flavor  Our best selling egg and the one that has stood the test of time. We use Grade A large eggs, cooked to perfection and perfectly peeled. We sort all our eggs, and take out broken eggs that would cloud or ruin our brines. We add our specially spiced vinegar brine for a delicious, low carb, healthy treat.

Garlic and Onion Pickled Eggs – In honor of our founder, Bruno Liebner, Reinhard developed this special blend of garlic and onion flavoring to make a very unique tasting pickled egg. Grandpa Bruno’s Old Fashioned Garlic and Onion Pickled Eggs are the newest addition to our line of pickled eggs. They continue to increase in popularity all across the country.

Red Hot Pickled Eggs – We take our pickled eggs to another level by turning up the heat. We add mustard seed, red chili peppers, and our secret hot spices that combine for a flavor explosion. Try these with your favorite hot mustard, and turn them into “evil eggs” if you dare!


Bloddy Mary mix gift box

The old world pickled food tradition continues to be available for your enjoyment.  Also available on are pickled asparagus spears, green beans, a vegetable sampler and a Bloody Mary mix kit that contains seven pickled accessories and a bottle of Mix to fix an extravagant Bloody Mary.

The old world and Scandinavian traditions are part of Wisconsin’s heritage.  These products are part of the reason we offer “Products made with Pride and Passion by the Artisans of Wisconsin” on

What is your favorite pickled treat?

Bacon On A Stick!

4C_WSF_stacked_datedThe Wisconsin State Fair is underway with all the treats and attractions you can imagine.


A wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff pastry

There is of course the world famous Cream Puffs.  As you move through the line you can observe the production process as it happens.

Of course there are brats and beer.   But there is also a large selection of more exotic foods.  Shark bites and alligator bites are two of them.

alligaotr bites

Alligator bites

And how about those items that are “on a stick?” Ok, so here are a few:


Chocolate covered cranberries on a stick

chocolate bacon on a stick

Chocolate covered bacon on a stick

cheesecake on a stick

cheesecake on a stick

Something for everyone!

How about deep fried bacon wrapped tater tots on a stick!

bacon wrapped tater tots

“Lug Nuts” – bacon wrapped tater tots

The winners in the annual Wisconsin State Fair meats competition have been announced.  Congratulatins to Tim Haen of Haen Meat Packing in Kaukauna for his first place bacon and another first place for his Jalapeno Cheese Summer Sausage.

It seems everyone agrees that if it has bacon – it’s better. agrees and includes a smoked bacon sampler and more from Jones Dairy.  One pound of each – cheerywood smoked and hickory smoked bacon.  Yum!

The Wisconsin State Fair is a wonderful day of fun and treats for all.  If you are in the Milwaukee area in early August plan to spend a day here.  If you can’t make it, many of the fine items Made with Pride and Passion by the Artisans of Wisconsin are available on

Wisconsin State Fair 2015

The Wisconsin State Fair for 2015 runs from Thursday August 6th through Sunday August 16th. 4C_WSF_stacked_datedThe fair features large varieties of food, traditional rides and games and judging of animals, food products, crafts and art.  Wisconsin’s artisan cheesemakers and meat producers products are carefully judged and awarded ribbons for their quality products.

The results of the Cheese contest have been released. Congratulations to all the winning cheesemakers at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair competition. This year there were 372 entrees in 28 classes from 146 Wisconsin cheesemakers.   The top three cheeses in each category received awards.  cheese-grouping-WMMB-cheese-infoThe 2015 Grand Master Cheesemaker will be named and recognized along with the other winning cheesemakers at the Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter Auction August 13 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.  blue ribbonThe winning cheeses will be auctioned off with the proceeds used to support scholarships for students pursuing dairy related degrees and in support of other milk marketing efforts.

A number of the cheesemakers that have won awards in the annual Wisconsin State Fair competition for 2015 have their company’s cheeses available on  Many or these softer cheeses only ship in the cooler months, starting Oct. 1.

Winning cheesemakers that have cheeses seasonably available on are:

gary mug shot

Gary Grossen

Gary Grossen Master Cheesemaker at the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant on the University of Wisconsin –Madison campus won for his Brick cheese Class 05 Brick, Muenster – First Place.  Gary explains his cheese making process.  Babcock cheese is available seasonally on

Chad Duhal from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin – Third Place Class 05 Brick, Muenster for his Muenster Cheese

Steve Stettler Master Cheesemaker from Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Wisconsin took third place in Class 10 Flavored Pepper Cheese  for his Pepper Havarti cheese. He also took second Place in Class 20 Havarti (unflavored) for his Havarti cheese.  Decatur cheeses are available seasonally on


Marieke Penterman

Marieke Penterman from Holland’s Family Cheese in Thorp, Wisconsin took third place in Class 12 Flavored Semi-Soft cheese – for Marieke Burning Melange Gouda.  Marieke also won second place in Class 22 Open Class for Semi-Soft Cheese (unflavored) for the Marieke Golden cheese.  A selection of Marieke cheese gifts are available on

Wally Hartwig from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin took first place Class 13 Smoked Cheese – for Smoked Brick. 

Other Wisconsin State Fair award winning cheesemaker partners of include Emmi Roth USA, Pine River Cheese and Carr Valley Cheese.

Wisconsin artisans produce a broad variety of cheeses that continue to be recognized by judges and customers for superior quality.  Congratulations to all the winning artisan cheesemakers!