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.

Monroe County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Monroe County by David Benbennick

Monroe County does not include the city of Monroe. The county seat is Sparta.  44,700 people live in the 901 square miles of Monroe County.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Tomah includes the beautiful Lemonweir River Walking Trail
  • Cashton is in the center of a group of Amish families and their shops
  • Kendall is on the Sparta to Elroy Bike trail – see below
  • Melvin
  • Norwalk
  • Oakdale
  • Warren home to the annual Cranberry Festival in late September
  • Wilton
  • Wyeville

Wisconsin is the nation’s largest producer of cranberries harvesting more than 60% of the nation’s supply.  Tomah and Warren both have visitor options to see these growing operations up close.

Fort McCoy is a US Army Training facility in Monroe County.  Reserve forces train here from all over the Midwest each summer.

The Sparta to Elron Bike Trail is the first Rails to Trails Project in America.  With three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are 1/4 mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is just over 3/4 mile long.  The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days, and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail.

The Kickapoo River is a favorite canoe trail and runs alongside Wildcat Mountain State Park .  The river has tall rock bluffs along the river’s edge.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

  • Foss Fine Meats   in Sparta is a full service meat market
  • Justin Trails Resort is a rural treat to sample the quiet Wisconsin countryside.
  •  Franklin Victorian   Bed and Breakfast in Sparta is a 1900’s era Queen Anne-style Victorian home featuring leaded stained glass windows, fireplaces, an open staircase, original woodwork, and unique architectural features.

Oconto County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Oconto County by David Benbennick

Oconto is the county seat of this 998 square mile county where 37,700 people live.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Gillett
  • Oconto Falls
  • Lena
  • Suring

A large portion of Oconto County includes a section of the Nicolet National Forest .  The South eastern edge of the county is Green Bay.  Recreation activities revolve around the Oconto River, Green Bay and the National Forest.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

 Maiden Lake Supper Club on the shores of Maiden Lake in Mountain, Wisconsin.

May 28th was National Hamburger day.  A day to celebrate one of Americas favorite foods.  But it was also Memorial Day weekend and in Madison, Wisconsin that means it is “Brat Fest” featuring the sale of hundreds of thousands of bratwurst.  The event is full of out door festivities including live music on four stages, carnival rides and on Friday a special drive through for “Take your Brat to Work” day.   Over the past 33 years more than $ 1.6 million has been raised to support over 100 charities.

June is National Dairy Month and June 4th is National Cheese Day.  In Wisconsin it almost a state mandated holiday.  Enjoy some brats and cheese this weekend to help celebrate summer.  Join us next week as we continue our tour in Oneida ans Outagamie counties seaching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.