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Columbia and Crawford Edibles

The Wisconsin culinary tour continues into Columbia and Crawford Counties.  Can we find cheese, fudge and fun stops too?

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Columbia County by David Benbennick

Columbia County

56,000 people occupy 773 square miles with Portage as the county seat.  Other cities include Columbus and Poynette.  The Wisconsin River forms the western border of the county.  The Merrimac ferry, a free car ferry, crosses the river from a point in the southwest corner of the county.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners based in Columbia County include:

Edible Antics recommendations in Columbia County include:

 

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Crawford County by David Benbennick

Crawford County

About 17,000 folks occupy 572 square miles with Prairie du Chen as the county seat.  Other cities include Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove. A great recreational river, the Kickapoo River, runs south through the county.  The rolling hills and valleys of this county are classic driftless examples of the southwestern Wisconsin topography. The apple orchards and their shops are very popular in the fall harvest season especially the Apple Festival each year in late September.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners in Crawford County are:

  • Mt. Sterling Cheese makes goat milk cheeses
  • All County provides apparel with the multisport logo for the Packers, Brewers and Badgers

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    Wisconsin Sports sweatshirt

Edible Antics recommendations in Crawford County include:

Did we miss your favorite recommendation for Clark or Crawford County?  Let us know and we’ll add it the list for future recognition.

Tune in next week for Dane and Dodge county spots and recommendations of products Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

Chippewa and Clark County Edibles

Edible Antics culinary tour of Wisconsin continues in Chippewa and Clark Counties.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Chippewa County by David Benbennick

Chippewa County

About 62,000 people live in Chippewa County’s 1,010 square miles of territory.  The County seat is Chippewa Falls and the county includes the cities of Bloomer, Cornell and Cadott. .Chippewa Falls is home to the Leinie’s Lodge by the Jacob Leinenkugle Brewing company makers of “Leinie’s” family of beers.  The county is bisected by the beautiful Chippewa River.  It home to the Old Abe State Trail, Lake Wissota State Park, Burnet Island State Park and a portion of the Holcombe Flowage.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partner in Chippewa County is Roth Sugar Bush a producer of maple syrup.

Edible Antics Chippewa County recommendations include:

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Clark County by David Benbennick

 

Clark County

Clark County covers 1,215 square miles with Neillsville as the County seat.  Population is about 35,000.  Other cities in the county are Thorp, Greenwood, Abbotsford and Colby.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partner in Clark County is Marieke Gouda cheese from Holland Family Cheese in Thorp, makers of award winning Gouda cheeses.

 Edible Antics Clark county recommendations include:

Burnett and Calumet Edibles

The Edible Antics culinary tour explores the best spots in Burnett and Calumet Counties in Wisconsin.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Burnett County by David Benbennick

Burnett County

Are we “Up Nort” yet?  About 15,000 people live in Burnett County.  It occupies 880 square miles.  Meenon is the county seat and it includes the villages of Grantsburg, Siren and Webster.  The county includes a number of Wisconsin State Wildlife areas, many lakes, the Saint Croix Indian Reservation and its western border is the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.  Outdoor recreation and tourism are features of Burnett county.

Edible antics Burnett County recommendations:

  • The Burnett Dairy Cooperative store and bistro for cheese.  The Coop store stocks over 100 varieties of cheese and wines and makes handmade sandwiches to order.  Their cheese brands include Wood River Creamery, Burnett Dairy and Cady cheese.  The store is a fun stop when you are in the area.
  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway This is a national treasure.  The river has carved deep channels and offers beautiful canoeing, hiking and fishing.

 

Calumet County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Calumet County by David Benbennick

Is home to about 49,000 people and it occupies 320 Square miles.  The county seat is Chilton and it includes the cities of Brillion, New Holstein and parts of Appleton and Menasha.  High Cliff State Park is in Calumet County along with the Brillion Wildlife Area and the Killsnake Wildlife Area .  There are over 30 supper clubs in the county that calls itself the Supper Club Capital of the Midwest.

Edible antics Calumet county recommendations:

These stops in Burnett and Calumet Counties offer you some of the best edibles that are all Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.  Check back next week as our culinary tour continues in Chippewa and Clark Counties.

 

 

 

 

Brown and Buffalo County Edibles

Road Trip! Road Trip!

Our Wisconsin culinary tour visits our friends in Brown and Buffalo Counties.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County by David Benbennick

Brown County

Brown County is home to about 248,000 folks and occupies 529 square miles.  The county seat is Green Bay.  Brown County hosts the cities of Green Bay and De Pere and the surrounding suburbs but it known as “Title Town”  – the home of our championship football team the Green Bay Packers.  This metro based community has much to offer the visitor including over 400 dining opportunities, microbreweries, a distillery, recreation and cultural activities with abundant lodging.

Brown County is home to a number of Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners.  They include:

Edible Antics Brown County recommendations include:

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Buffalo County by David Benbennick

Buffalo County

Buffalo County is on the far western edge of Wisconsin and offers scenic and pastoral vistas.  It is home to about 13,000 Wisconsinites and is 684 square miles in size. The county seat is the city of Alma.  One side of the county is along the scenic Mississippi River and includes the cities of Fountain City and Mondovi.  While Buffalo County is a more sparsely populated county this rural area supports good dining, interesting lodging and a section of the Great River Road along the Mississippi River.

Edible Antics Buffalo County recommendations include:

Enjoy the hospitality and fine edibles from these spots and know that it is all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Check back next week for recommendations in Burnett and Calumet counties.

Edibles in Barron and Bayfield Counties

We continue our culinary focused tour of Wisconsin counties with Barron and Bayfield counties.  Both of these counties contain excellent examples of the food heritage of Wisconsin.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Barron County by David Benbennick

Barron County

Barron County is home to about 46,000 people and occupies 862 square miles.  The city of Barron is the county seat.  Other cities in Barron County include Chetek, Cumberland and Rice Lake.  Recreational opportunities abound all year round in this classic “Up North” county.

Edible antics Barron County recommendations:

Bayfield County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Bayfield County by David Benbennick

In far northern Wisconsin Bayfield County is home to about 15,000 year round residents and occupies 1,476 square miles making it Wisconsin’s second largest county. The county seat is in Washburn.  Other cities include Drummond, Cable and Iron River.  This county along the south shore of Lake Superior is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Wisconsin.  It includes Madeline Island and is home to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  It is home to a number of apple orchards and hosts a very popular Apple Festival the first weekend in October.  Restaurants and lodging facilities are numerous and offer a broad range of choices.

Edible antics Bayfield County recommendations:

  • The Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield offers both lodging and fine dining.
  • Wild Rice is a very popular delightful fine dining just south of Bayfield
  • Maggie’s offers eclectic busy dining in Bayfield popular for the fresh whitefish.
  • The Bayfield Inn has accommodations and dining with a view.
  • Egg Toss Cafe in Bayfield is great for breakfast.
  • The Village Inn in Cornucopia has great fried cheese curds.
  • The Delta Diner offers a special diner treat in our north woods
  • Many good bed and breakfast locations in the area.

We hope you enjoy these suggestions.  Next week we visit Brown and Buffalo counties to find more goodies Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Final Christmas push

Not done yet?  Still have a few more on your list?  What to do?

Shipping deadlines to arrive before Christmas for many items have pasted.

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Pecan and Raspberry Kringles

But orders through Dec. 20th for Kringle will ship on the 21st and should arrive almost everywhere by the 24th.

Additionally the Wisconsinmade.com  “month club” gifts feature monthly deliveries of selected items and are announced to the recipient via a mailing that lets them know about the coming months gifts.

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Wisconsinmade cheese and sausage

 

The available month clubs from Wisconsinmade.com include:

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Wisconsinmade gift card

And the Wisconsinmade gift cards can be delivered by US mail or electronically via email in minutes.

The entire team at Wisconsinmade and all of our Artisan partners wish you and your families a Merry Christmas.  When you share these treats remember they were all

Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

World Dairy Expo 2015

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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.

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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

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsinmade.com.  Many or these softer cheeses only ship in the cooler months, starting Oct. 1.

Winning cheesemakers that have cheeses seasonably available on Wisconsinmade.om are:

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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 Wisconsinmade.com

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 Wisconsinmade.com

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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 Wisconsinmade.com

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 Wisconsinmade.com 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!

Wisconsin’s Agriculture Production Ranking

How does the “Dairy State” farmer’s production rank?

Idaho has its potatoes.  Florida has its oranges.  Texas is known for its cotton production.  How does Wisconsin’s dairy production rank verses these well know other states production?  Which state do you think produces the most farm income from their lead agricultural product?Pride logo

It’s not even close! 

According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture:

Wisconsin produced $ 5 billion worth of milk

Texas produced $ 2.2 billion of cotton

Florida growers produced $ 1.4 billion of oranges

Idaho produced $ 964 million in potatoes.

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2014 World Champion Cheese Contestants

In addition Wisconsin farmers produced $ 2.2 billion of corn, $ 902 million of soybeans and $ 251 million of potatoes.  Hard working Wisconsin farmers help to feed America and the world..

3 Tasty Super Bowl Party Foods

Super Bowl parties are always fun. Even if the Packers aren’t playing, your Super Bowl party can still have a tasty Wisconsin theme.

Wisconsin Cheese CurdsWisconsin Cheese Curds are a local Wisconsin favorite, made fresh everyday. Pop these cheddar curds in the microwave for a few seconds and you will have fresh-tasting squeaky curds. Your Super Bowl guests will love them.

 

 

Bacon Caramel CornBacon Caramel Corn is a delicious sweet and salty snack. It is made from scratch with bits of Applewood Smoked Bacon added for a unique, crispy taste! A perfect Super Bowl treat for your guests.

 

 

Super Bowl Cookie Gift TinThe Super Bowl Cookie Gift Tin is an assortment of delicious sugar cookies honoring this year’s Super Bowl contenders. K-Delights will complete your tailgate party every year with an updated set of cookies. All 20 sugar cookies are homemade and individually hand decorated in the shapes of helmets, footballs and the Lombardi trophy. Attractively packaged in the gift tin with a ribbon wrapped around it.

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