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Fall in the Northwoods

 

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“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”).

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Devil’s Lake Wisconsin

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

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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.

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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”.

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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.

Made with Pride and Passion by the Artisans of Wisconsin.
signed by Rick at Wisconsinmade.com

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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.

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Bacon Cheddar Brats

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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.

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Packers cooky tin gift

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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

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

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Preschool Packer Cheer outfit

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?

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Pumpkin Cream Cheescake

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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

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Wisconsinmade.com

All of them are:

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Bacon On A Stick!

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

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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.

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Alligator bites

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

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Chocolate covered cranberries on a stick

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Chocolate covered bacon on a stick

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Something for everyone!

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

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“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.  Wisconsinmade.com 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 Wisconsinmade.com.

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 summer picnic

Summer in Wisconsin provides beautiful days that are just about perfect.  Temperatures in the 70’s, blue skies, light breeze – perfect for an outdoor picnic.

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Wisconsin Capitol building in Spring

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Evening sunset reflected on one wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol during a Concert on the Square

Many cities in Wisconsin host summer evening outings that involve music, food and a general picnic atmosphere.  Madison residents have organized a “group picnic” called Concerts on the Square.  The Square in this reference is the Capitol Square, a block in downtown Madison centered by the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol building.  Thanks to many generous sponsors and individual voluntary contributions for six Wednesday evenings each summer the  Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra plays a free concert on the steps at one corner of the building while thousands of folks sit on blankets and folding chairs, enjoy the music and a picnic.  There are food and beverage vendors to provide a selection of local picnic fare, or many bring their own picnic baskets.  Upwards of 25, 000 people show up for this community picnic each week.

Each concert has a “theme” and usually a guest performer joins the orchestra.  A recent presentation featured songs from the rock group The Eagles performed by members of Jeans ‘n Classics, a Canadian group that melds popular music with orchestras.  They also did a nice version of Bolero on July 15, 2015.

If you are near Madison in the summer don’t miss the Wisconsin made picnic Concerts on the Square.

6 Wisconsin Ethnic Bakeries

Wisconsin’s European settlers came from a number of countries that were homes to delicious baking traditions.  As a result Wisconsin is blessed with surviving ethnic bakeries that carry on this tradition.  As you travel around Wisconsin stop and visit some of these.  I think six of the best are:

  1. Swiss traditional breads, cookies and Holiday Stollen shine at the New Glarus
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    New Glarus Bakery owner Angie with fresh bread

    Bakery in New Glarus Wisconsin. Busy favorite of locals and visitors alike,  Visit if you are nearby.

  2. Norwegian specialties like rosettes, krumkake, sandbakkel and berlina kranser are featured at the Fosdal Home Bakery in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
  3. German favorites like Black Forest Tort, dense breads, desserts and chocolate truffles are the core of a broad selection at Clasen’s European Bakery in Middleton, Wisconsin.
  4. Danish pastries and cakes are the favorites at O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin. Kringle has long been a Danish favorite and is also now a Wisconsin favorite.

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    O&H Pecan Kringle

  5. Czech pastries can be found at Tom’s Pastry Shoppe in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. You can find kolache’s and buhuite here along with other old-world goodies.
  6. Swedish items are the stock in trade at
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    Gnandma’s Swedish Bakery at Rowley’s Bay Resort

    Grandma’s Swedish Bakery located at the Rowley’s Bay Resort near Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Open mid-May to mid-October their Swedish Limpa bread, cardamom coffee cake, Swedish Rye and their famous pecan rolls are all customer favorites.

If you can’t visit them some selections from the New Glarus Bakery and O&H Danish Bakery are available on Wisconsinmade.com.

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What are your favorite ethnic pastries?

Four Fabulous Gluten Free Foods

Gluten-free diets are becoming more common every year. There are many reasons to adopt a gluten-free diet:  gluten sensitivity, Coeliac disease, and wheat allergies are some of the more popular rationales.

Finding gluten-free food can be difficult, especially for unique products. Here is a list of four fabulous gluten-free foods from Wisconsin!

Gluten-free Turtle CheesecakeThe Gluten-free Turtle Cheesecake by CheeseCake Heaven is a delicious, rich dessert. Baked from scratch, this delightful cheesecake is sure to please everyone on your gift giving list. Chocolate Chips, Pecans and Caramel top off this heavenly delight. The 7 inch Gluten-free Turtle Cheesecake has no crust.

 

Croix Valley Barbecue Sauces AssortmentThe Croix Valley Barbecue Sauces Assortment allows you to choose three flavors from four excellent award-winning barbecue sauces. Developed in professional barbecue competitions across the nation, Croix Valley Barbecue Sauces are the perfect combination of ingredients that has teams winning over and over. Each distinctive variety of sauce is hand crafted in small batches and perfect to create mouth-watering ribs, chicken, pork and brisket. Flavors to choose from include Sweet & Smokey Competition Barbecue Sauce, Pitmasters Bold Competition Barbecue Sauce, Rhubarbecue Sauce, and Honey Dijon Barbecue and Brat Sauce. Liven up your next grilling experience with Croix Valley Barbecue Sauces.

Organic MacroBars AssortmentThe Organic MacroBars Assortment by GoMacro includes 10 delicious MacroBars in 5 flavors. Enjoy a vairety of organic, gluten-free snack bars in five flavors, two of each flavor: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Granola with Coconut, Cherries n Berries, Cashew Caramel, and Banana Almond Butter. Macrobiotics strengthen ones’ immune system. These organic snack bars are organic, gluten-free, vegan and high protein. No fancy gift boxes, just enjoy these Organic MacroBars yourself or send as a gift.

Honey Chocolate Mint 3-PacksOur Honey Chocolate Mint 3-Packs by Honey Acres are a perfect all natural sweet treat. Three award-winning, honey mints are wrapped together in see-through packaging. There are 24 3-packs in each box. These Honey Chocolate Mints are made from three natural ingredients: Pure Honey, Raw Dark Chocolate (98 percent cocoa with no milk or sugar added) and oil of Peppermint. The mints are dairy-free and gluten-free. Our Honey Chocolate Mint 3-Packs are a tasty snack, unique wedding favor, or a delicious gift for any occasion.

5 Seasonal Fruits for Winter

Make sure to enjoy your favorite winter fruits while they are still in season! Buying fruit in season is typically cheaper, but more importantly, tastier! Of course you can buy fruit when it’s out of season, but fresh fruit in season can provide a burst of flavor that no other food can rival.

Here are 5 winter fruits that will be out of season soon!

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In Season: December – April

Different types of grapefruit may have different harvest times, but most grapefruit is best consumed in winter! Did you know that the United States is the top producer of grapefruit in the world?

KumquatsKumquats

In Season: October – April

Kumquats are native to south Asia and have an innate ability to survive cold temperatures, but they grow better in warm regions.

LimesLimes

In Season: October – April

We don’t usually think of limes as a seasonal fruit, but they are! There are different types of limes grown all over the world in different seasons, but winter limes are something special.

OlivesOlives

In Season: September – January

There are so many types of olives and many have different growing seasons. But many of the olives you will find in grocery stores are prime for eating in winter.

GuavasGuavas

In Season: February – April

Guavas are very rich in Vitamin C and are native to Mexico and Central America. India is now the top global producer.

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