I’m Thankful….

Thanksgiving turkey cooked

Thanksgiving Turkey

The Thanksgiving holiday gives us pause to consider all the things in life we are thankful for.

I’m thankful for Linda, Wendy, Carla, Ali and all our family that have enriched our lives and created so many fond memories.  Thank you.

Lifelong friends seem like part of the family, and we are thankful for them too.  Thank you.

And our online partners of over 200 Artisans of the Wisconsinmade.com web store that we have grown to serve customers nationwide for Thanksgiving and all year long.  Thank you.

And our over 10,000 faithful customers who appreciate the convenience, focus and service of the dedicated team at Wisconsinmade.  Thank you.

And our founder Linda with the vision and dedication to make this Wisconsin made based web market a reality.  Thank you.





And to the staff at Wisconsinmade that care for our customers and artisan partners every day.  Thank you.




And to the underlying ethic of hard work, customer service and quality products that are

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Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving.


What’s the origin of your cheese?


Wisconsinmade Artisanal cheese variety

Is your Gruyere Cheese from Gruyere, Switzerland or from Monroe, Wisconsin?

Is your Havarti from Denmark or from Broadhead, Wisconsin?

Is your Gouda from the Netherlands or from Madison, Wisconsin?

Is your Camembert from Normandy or from Wisconsin?

Do you agree that cheese varieties names and descriptions should be tied to geographical locations of origin and only those that produce in that region can use the descriptive term for their cheese?  Or are these descriptive names related to the variety of cheese, and not their geographical location?  Do we start naming our unique cheeses with “Monroe” or “Green County” or “Wisconsinmade”, and only those that meet the requirement are allowed to use the name?



If, in international tasting competition the cheeses labeled Gouda find a favored winner from somewhere other than the Netherlands does that settle the issue?



If the champion Gruyere cheese cycles back and forth to various locations on both sides of the Atlantic should the Swiss variety have protected status?

While this debate continues in the Wild World of Cheese, consumers find that this all seems a distraction.  We want good cheese.  We can evaluate taste differences and choose ones that we find appealing.  Why should anyone have any kind of “Protected Geographical Indication” status?  Competition and variety serve the consumer best. Label them as to their point of origin if you like, but do not exclude others from the descriptive use of the cheese name.  Win in the marketplace based upon merit, not based upon arbitrary exclusion.  The consumer will decide if your geographical location produces better cheese.

Cheese shipping season (it is suspended in the hot summer months for most cheeses) has resumed and a wide variety and choice of cheeses are available at Wisconsinmade.com.

As the holiday gifting season arrives many of you find these cheese boxes or cheese and sausage gift boxes to be the perfect package to send to friends, relatives or corporate associates. You can select now and schedule a delayed delivery date for your gifts during the checkout process.   And if you have a large number of recipients and need special assistance our customer service folks can be a big help (Toll free 877-947-6233).  We have helped many companies complete this holiday tradition with our outstanding Wisconsinmade quality products and service. But you need not be in a quandary about the geographical origin of any of these cheeses because they were all

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Operation Gratitude


Wisconsinmade is delighted at the support our customers and partner artisans have shown for our efforts to raise funds for Operation Gratitude.  Veterans Day November 11th is a great opportunity to remember those that have served our country.  military-1
Operation Gratitude seeks to send care packages to our troops and their families in an effort to bring cheer and appreciation to those that servesupport-1.  Wisconsinmade hopes to add enough new Facebook and Twitter fans to be able to donate $ 1,000.00 to this worthy organization.

Gratitude and thanks also form the basis for our Thanksgiving celebrations.  Wisconsinmade.com has many ways to help you with your Thanksgiving preparations.  But have you noticed that many folks and commercial establishments have already switched to the Christmas holiday decorations and products?  Trees, lights and toy lands are everywhere.  Still about 45 days away, but looking around the community it looks like it might be here next week.  If you would like to participate in this early shopping experience Wisconsinmade.com allows you to request a delayed delivery date for any of your gifts purchased on the site.

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are days of gratitude for many of us.  We are grateful for many things including you our customers and fans of Wisconsinmade.com and for all our artisan partners who provide all these quality products that are available on Wisconsinmade.com that are all

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Wisconsin Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving church

It’s a great day to be from Wisconsin!

Wisconsin families are grateful for many blessings this Thanksgiving.  A beautiful extended fall season, bountiful yields for most of our crops, an improving economy and of course our delicious seasonal foods.


Cranberry Chutney

Thanksgiving dinner’s main course could include a ham assortment with cranberry chutney.  This chutney is a unique combination of cranberry chunks with a hint of clove mixed into a sweet cranberry sauce that goes very well with ham, turkey, pork, chicken or game meats.  I have also used it as an ingredient in a grilled cheese sandwich (sometimes with bacon!).  The three jar package on Wisconsinmade.com is perfect for family dinners – one jar on each end of the table and one in the middle. Highly recommended.


Caramel Apples

For dessert there is the pumpkin cream cheesecake.  And for a hostess gift we have a pair of caramel apples, some pumpkin fudge or some fall cookies.

If the tryptophan kicks in get your nap in early because the Thanksgiving football game this year is the Green Bay Packers against their NFL North Division rival the Chicago Bears.  The Packers have scheduled a ceremony and celebration honoring Bret Favre with a planned appearance by Bart Star at Lambeau Field.  Wisconsinites are thankful for the contributions to Packers history made by both of them.  A great way to end our Thanksgiving Day.

We hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with gratitude and family fun and that you find time to enjoy some of these great Wisconsinmade products that are all

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Fall in the Northwoods



“WI MADE” in Wisconsin’s North Woods in Autumn

Wisconsin is America’s Dairy Land, right?  The southern two thirds of the state contains some of the most productive agricultural lands in America.  We have high production totals of milk, cheese, cranberries, apples, potatoes, cherries and of course corn and soybeans.

But the Northern one third of the state contains woodlands, wilderness, lakes and a more rural recreational atmosphere.  Camping, fishing, boating, biking in the summer and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snow shoeing in the winter.  In the fall it turns to a kaleidoscope of color attracting thousands of visitors (even that Miata “WI MADE”).


Devil’s Lake Wisconsin

But these North woods offer us some unique Wisconsinmade gift options.  The seasons changes bring beautiful colors to the countryside.


Wooden desk set

The woods also provide us with beautiful hardwood kitchen and office items, wonderful maple syrup, fabulous photography, treats from the kitchens of the woods and guide books to help us enjoy all the woods have to offer.


Tourism, recreation, fishing, hunting, golf, boating, camping, biking, and all things outdoors are the fun and “living” part of Wisconsin.  One of our older state tourism bumper stickers was “Escape to Wisconsin” and it is still the moto of many Wisconsin residents and fans from nearby states that view Wisconsin as “My very own State Park”.


North woods Fall reflection by Marilyn Collins

We travel the state from end to end to meet artisans that produce these fine products for Wisconsinmade.com.  We love the North woods color this time of year.  Watch for the little red convertible “WI MADE”  visiting a talented artisan in a North woods community near you.  And enjoy these beautiful gifts available on Wisconsinmade.com that have all been.

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signed by Rick at Wisconsinmade.com


Classic Wisconsin Weekends

Green Bay Packers Tailgate

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Tailgating and Kroll’s Oct. 18, 2015

If you are lucky enough to go the Green Bay for a Packers game you are well aware of the traditional tailgating efforts of the fans of America’s greatest team.  Steaks, brats, burgers, fish, shrimp are all grilled and washed down with various adult beverages.  The clouds of smoke drifting over the parking lots smell wonderful.


Bacon Cheddar Brats


Green and Gold kringle

But there are also huge numbers of us Packer fans that must “tailgate” in front of our television and cheer from afar.  For these home bound folks Wisconsinmade has all the fixings.  For the grill there are the Packer Brats.


Packers cooky tin gift


3 gallon Packers Popcorn tin

But there are also green and gold kringle, Packer cookies, Packer cheese and sausage gifts, and Packers popcorn tin.  If there is room on your coffee table perhaps a little bit of each.

And if you have a young lady that needs a Halloween outfit – how about a Packer Cheerleader!  The Green Bay Packers are 6 and 0 going into the bye week so you have plenty of time to prepare for your next “TV Tailgate” party.  Wisconsinmade.com would be happy to help with some of these fine products all

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Preschool Packer Cheer outfit

Pink Wisconsin Food


Pink Breast Cancer support Kringle

Is it true?  Does food taste better in October if it is pink?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Wisconsinmade is proud of our long dedication to the fundraising efforts supporting research and recovery of two Wisconsin based organizations.

The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition brings Wisconsin voices together to stand up and speak out about breast cancer with:

  • Education – Spotlighting critical breast cancer issues
  • Collaboration – Empowering through strategic alliances
  • Legislation – Influencing policymaking

Breast Cancer Recovery‘s mission is to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally.  All programs are designed and conducted by survivors for survivors.


Pink support cookies

So join us by selecting from our special pink products or any of the other 2,200 items on Wisconsinmade.com.  You can even make Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas purchases now and request delayed delivery to a later date and your purchase will count towards our contribution.

Help us support these fine organizations through your purchase of something pink or anything else on Wisconsinmade.com where all the items are

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Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice!  Are you a fan…or have you had just about enough of all things pumpkin spiced?  Available are Pumpkin Spice flavored –

  • Latte’s, ice cream, cupcakes, milkshakes
  • Bagels, granola, multiple beers, corn puffs
  • M&M’s, bars, brittle, yogurt, peeps
  • marshmallows, tea, Twinkies, kettle corn
  • Ice cream, Oreos, almonds, macaroons, Kalua
  • cream cheese, cookies, mini wheats, English muffins

Where will it all end?


Pumpkin Cream Cheescake


Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn

The fall season brings out all things pumpkin and most people enjoy that.  And I will admit to a particular fondness for the Wisconsinmade Pumpkin Cream Cheesecake   And maybe a latte or two.  And some Wisconsinmade Pumpkin Spice Carmel Corn.  And pumpkin ice cream. OK, so I guess I am a fan.  But it is possible to overdue a good thing right?

Wisconsin being an agricultural state grows lots of pumpkins and hosts fall harvest festivals.  Each fall the city of Cedarburg, Wisconsin hosts a pumpkin contest as part of their Wine and Harvest Festival .  The winning pumpkin came in at 2,145 pounds.  It was grown in Streator, Illinois, by a man named Gene McMullen.  Over a ton in one pumpkin!

If you too are into a variety of the refined tastes of pumpkin items visit our pumpkin pages at Wisconsinmade.com where all of these quality items are

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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.

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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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