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Wisconsinmade in Sawyer and Shawano counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sawyer and Shawano counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything Wisconsinmade we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

Sawyer County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Sawyer County by David Benbennick

Hayward is the Sawyer County seat.  The county’s 1,256 square miles are home to 16,600 people.  Other cities and villages in the county include:

  • Couderay
  • Exeland
  • Radisson
  • Winter

This area was settled in the 1850’s by folks moving from New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.  Logging was the principle industry.  In the 1890’s new arrivals came from Germany, Norway, Poland, Ireland and Sweden.  The logging tradition continues July 28 -30 when Hayward hosts the annual Lumberjack World Championships.  There will be 21 events for competitors from all over the world.  The Chequamegon National Forest areas in Sawyer County are a recreational treasure for outdoors fans.  There are over 300 miles of mountain bike and hiking trails in the area.  Hayward also hosts the annual Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race from Cable to Hayward.  This 55km marathon ski race attracts competitors from all countries and recreational skiers too.  The finish runs down the main street in downtown Hayward.

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Muskie structure in Hayward

Hayward also hosts the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was founded in 1960 and now occupies seven buildings.  One of the buildings is a 143-foot-long fiberglass sculpture of a jumping Muskie fish.  The lower jaw of the fish is an observation deck.  The museum contains exhibitions of over 400 fish.  The Hall of Fame also maintains records for the largest fresh water fish in the United States and the world.

The Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Chippewa River both run through the county and provide recreational and vacation opportunities galore.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Sawyer County

U-Roast-Em gets sent only the best green coffee beans the market has to offer.  Home roasting is easy, quick, economical and fun!  Roast with a skillet, oven, a popcorn air popper, or a dedicated coffee roaster.  Green coffee sells for less than roasted specialty coffee.  Coffee you roast is always fresher. You control the roasting process and taste. Create your own blends for your mood or occasion.

Additional Edible Antics Sawyer County Recommendations

Shawano County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Shawano County by David Benbennick

Shawano County seat is the city of Shawano.  The population of 41,000 occupies 892 square miles.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Marion
  • Bonduel
  • Gresham
  • Matoon
  • Tigerton
  • Wittenberg

The county name is a modified version of the Ojibwa term for southern boundary.  It marked the boundary of the Ojibwa Nation.  A portion of the county is the Stockbridge Munsee Indian Reservation.   A large portion of the Navarino State Wildlife area is located in the county.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Shawano County

  • Generations Clothing in Shawano is a family-owned company specializing in sports team apparel for adults, children, toddlers and infants.  Go Badgers! Go Packers!

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    Packer Infant Cheerleader Jumper set

  • Century Sun Oil  near Pulaski produces premium high oleic certified organic sunflower oil.  All seeds are pressed and bottled in small batches in their state certified facility under close supervision to ensure integrity and quality of product.  Century Sun Sunflower oil can be used for dressings and marinades and with a mild, nutty flavor along with a 450 degree smoke point is well suited for all your cooking needs.  Century Sun Oil enhances the flavors of foods and is a great addition to your healthy lifestyle
  • Nueskes Meats in Wittenberg are prepared using an Applewood smoking technique that has been handed down through generations.
  • John Mutter authored five books about rural life and adventures in Wisconsin.

Additional Edible Antics Shawano County Recommendations

  • Backe’s Brat House in Shawano is a small family owned spot specializing in Brats, Sausages and fresh meats.
  • Bult Bakery in Shawano has baked goods are made from scratch daily, guaranteeing fresh products.
  • Farm Inn’ on Main in Shawano is a restaurant and bakery combination with down home cooking.
  • Pigeon River Brewing is a small craft brewer in Marion with handcrafted beers.
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WI MADE

Summer fun with road trips to see some of these recommendations.  Wisconsin offers so much for the visitor and people that live here too.  We hope to see you at one of these stops sometime this summer.  Look for a red Miata convertible with license plate WI MADE.  Say hello!  Hope you are having fun in Wisconsin too.

Join us next week as we continue our tour in Sheboygan and Taylor counties searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

 

Saint Croix and Sauk counties Edible Fun

Edible fun is available this week by touring Saint Croix and Sauk counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

Saint Croix County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Saint Croix County by David Benbennick

Hudson is the county seat of this Northwestern Wisconsin County.  It is home to 84,400 people and occupies 720 square miles.

Other cities and villages in the county include:

  • Glenwood City
  • New Richmond
  • Baldwin
  • Deer Park
  • Hammond
  • Roberts
  • Somerset
  • Star Prairie
  • Wilson
  • Woodville

The county’s name is taken from the Saint Croix River that forms its Western border.  The city of Hudson is within commuting distance to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro markets.  The Saint Croix River National Scenic Waterway provides recreational opportunities for boating and fishing.  Visitors can enjoy tour boat rides along a beautiful section of the river.  Hudson boasts of more than a dozen restored 1860-1880 homes  featuring designs of Romantic, Italianate, Princess Ann and Greek revival.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Saint Croix County

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Croix Valley Steak Sauces

Croix Valley Foods  makes steak sauces are hand crafted in small batches using only the finest ingredients. They also make barbecue sauces, barbecue seasonings, and Bloody Mary seasonings.

Author Gary Porter shares his book “Duffy: The Tale of a Terrier.”  It is the life story of Gary and Melissa Porter’s rescue dog that lived with them in Hudson. Wisconsin.  The story appeals to dog lovers of all ages.

Additional Edible Antics Saint Croix Recommendations

  • Bass Lake Cheese makes their award-winning cheeses the old fashioned way, using traditional recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
  • 45th Parallel Distillery in New Richmond makes award winning vodka, bourbon and rye.
  • Olson’s Woodville Meats in Woodville is a full service butcher shop and meat market.
  • RJ’s Meats in Hudson is a full service local meat market.
  • Phillips Inn Bed and Breakfast  is on historic Third Street in beautiful Hudson.
  • Negret Wine Company on Second Street in Hudson has a tasting room and patio overlooking the Saint Croix River.
  • Pier 500 Restaurant is located on the scenic river in downtown Hudson with outdoor seating available in the summer.
  • Winzer Stube German Restaurant in Hudson features authentic German dishes and beers,
  • Oliphant Brewing in Somerset is a small craft brewery.
  • Pitchfork Brewing in Hudson Taproom is open evenings Wednesday through Sunday.
  • 65 Vines Winery in Robert is a small family owned winery started in 2014.

Sauk County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Sauk County by David Benbennick

Baraboo is the county seat of the 838 square mile county that is home to 61,900 people.

Other cities and villages in the county include:

  • Reedsburg
  • LaValle
  • Lake Delton
  • Lime Ridge
  • Loganville
  • Merrimac
  • North Freedom
  • Plain
  • Prairie du Sac
  • Rock springs
  • Sauk City
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Devils Lake State Park

The county’s name is believed to be derived from a large village of Sauk People that lived in the area.  Early settlers were from New England and upstate New York and were later joined by German immigrants.  Baraboo was the home base of the Ringling Brothers Circus from 1884 to 1917.   Baraboo is home to the Circus World Museum that showcases a number of circus wagons and circus related materials.  The city is restoring the historic Ringling Theater and the home of Mr. Ringling is still there.  The county includes Devil’s Lake State Park that is the most popular park in Wisconsin.  500 foot high bluffs above a 360 acre glacial lake along with beautiful camping areas make it a tourist favorite.  The Merrimac Ferry is a free car ferry across Lake Wisconsin that operates each summer.   A Sand Country Almanac was written by Aldo Leopold in a small converted chicken coop in rural Sauk County.  The building is still there.  The county also includes the 7,500 acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant that produced smokeless powder for small arms, acid and rocket propellant for World War Two, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  The facility is no longer in operation and is being repurposed to a variety of uses including recreational, farming and a return of a portion of the land to Native American uses.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Sauk County

Carr Valley Cheese skilled cheesemakers turn milk delivered fresh from local dairy farms into more than 100 delicious cheese varieties.  In the past three years alone, Carr Valley cheeses have won more than 60 top awards in U.S. and international competitions. Many of these have been won by Sid’s one-of-a-kind American Originals – artisan cheeses you won’t find made anywhere else in the world.  Unfortunately these perishable items do not ship well in the summer heat here in North America.  We resume shipping in October.  Sign up for our newsletter and we will alert you when the cheese shipping resumes.

Cedar Grove Cheese makes cheese the old-fashioned way in a state-of-the-art facility located in the rich farm and dairy country of southwestern Wisconsin. Producing a variety of traditional and specialty cheeses, Cedar Grove Cheese maintains a strong commitment to the environment and quality cheese production.  Unfortunately these perishable items do not ship well in the summer heat here in North America.  We resume shipping in October.  Sign up for our newsletter and we will alert you when the cheese shipping resumes.

Additional Edible Antics Sauk County Recommendations

  • Straka’s Meats in Plain is a third generation full service meat market
  • House of Embers Supper Club in Wisconsin Dells is a traditional Wisconsin Supper Club.  Outdoor seating is available in summer.
  • Port Vista in Lake Delton offers waterfront dining year round with burgers, ribs and Friday night fish fry.
  • The Del Bar in Lake Delton features casual fine dining.
  • Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company has craft brewed beers and their own line of sodas.
  • Wollersheim Winery features award winning wines and a recently opened distillery.  Both facilities have tasting rooms.
  • Baraboo Bluff Winery is a new addition to Wisconsin Wineries and welcomes visitors to their tasting room.
  • Ishnala Supper Club on the shores of Mirror Lake offers summer dining in a unique setting.
  • Fitz’s on the Lake faces Lake Wisconsin with a restaurant and sports bar popular with boaters.
  • Driftless Glen Distillery is a new distillery and restaurant in Baraboo.
  • Little Village Cafe is a small but popular lunch spot in Baraboo.
  • Blue Spoon Cafe  in Prairie du Sac is a casual Euro style restaurant overlooking the Wisconsin River.
  • Leystra’s Venture in Sauk City operates in a restored historic building and features fresh pies daily.
  • The Meat Market in Baraboo is an award winning full service fresh cut market.

These rich lists of outstanding travel opportunities for adventure and edible fun in Saint Croix and Sauk counties should provide days of enjoyment.  Did I miss any of your favorites?  Let me know.

Join us next week as we continue our tour in Sawyer and Shawano counties searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Touring Rock and Rusk Counties

Edible Antics this week is touring Rock and Rusk counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

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

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Racine Kringle and Richland County tour

Tour Racine (Kringle Capitol) and Richland counties in Wisconsin with Edible Antics on tour posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Racine and Richland counties looking for edibles and adventures.  These two counties have more in common than just being in alphabetical order.  World famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a number of buildings in Racine County for the family owners of the Johnson Wax Company.  Richland County is the birthplace of this famous architect.

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Explore Portage and Price Counties

Explore Portage and Price counties in Wisconsin with Edible Antics on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  Where are the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit?  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

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

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Tour Pierce and Polk Counties

Edible Antics is on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  Browse the rest of the blog for some of the Wisconsin counties we were touring in previous weeks.  We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, 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 Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

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

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Ozaukee and Pepin Wisconsin Counties

Edible Antics is on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  Browse the rest of the blog for some of the Wisconsin counties we were touring in previous weeks.  We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, 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 Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

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

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Oneida and Outagamie Edibles and Supper Clubs

Edible Antics is on tour in 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, bike trails, 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 Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

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

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Monroe County Bike Trails and Oconto Supper Club

Edible Antics is on tour in 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, bike trails, 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 Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

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

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Happy Birthday Wisconsin! Brats for everyone!

We are taking a Holiday weekend pause from our Wisconsin Counties tour to celebrate a couple of things;  Birthdays and Brats.

Happy Birthday Wisconsin – the state. Wisconsin joined the United States 168 years ago on May 29th 1848 as the 30th state of the union. Known as the Badger state the robin is the state bird, White Tailed Deer is the state wild animal, the Muskellunge is the state fish and the wood violet is the state flower.

Wisconsin State Flag

Wisconsin State Flag

Wisconsin was settled by immigrants from many parts of the World. Polish, German, Norwegian, Swiss, Danish, Hispanic and Asian visitors joined the Native Americans who were already here.

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