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.

Pierce County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Pierce County by David Benbennick

The county population of 41,000 lives on 576 square miles with a county seat of Ellsworth.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Prescott
  • Bay City
  • Maiden Rock
  • Plum City
  • River Falls

The University of Wisconsin has a campus in River Falls.   It is a beautiful campus and offers excellent educational opportunities to students.  The county also includes Willow Run State Park with Little Falls Lake.  The lake has been drawn down to effect repairs to the dam resulting in fewer recreational opportunities in 2016.   Kinnickinnic State Park  offers experiences in two types of worlds. Enjoy the quiet and solitude of the Kinnickinnic River Valley and the many popular water-based recreational pursuits on the St. Croix River. A large sandy delta is found at the junction of the rivers.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partner in Pierce County

Devisal produces the Photoboat as a new way to display your favorite pictures.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

  • Belle Vinez Winery in River Falls is a family winery that offers a unique wine experience.  Guests can relax inside the Tuscan style winery or sip a glass outdoors on the central plaza overlooking the vineyard.
  • Sailer’s Meat Market in Elmwood offers a full line of retail cuts of meat along with sausages, and smoked beef, bacon and ham.

Polk County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Polk County by David Benbennick

956 square miles are home to 44,000 Wisconsinites with Balsam Lake as the county seat.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Amery
  • St. Croix Falls
  • Luck
  • Osceola
  • Frederic

The county calls itself “The Gift of the Glaciers.”  It contains a portion of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.  It is also the starting point for the Gandy Dancer Trail, a 98 mile long trail from St. Croix Falls north to Superior.  The 47 miles from St. Croix Falls to Danbury is relatively easy portion of the trail with the 51 mile northern portion to Superior a more remote ride.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partner in Polk County

 Stratis Industries  offers their premium cutting board line made from an eco-friendly, paper based wood composite material, and these cutting boards are considered the ultimate cutting surface by chefs worldwide.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

  • Indian Head Supper Club in Balsam Lake has been known to locals and visitors as a landmark for its comfortable lodge
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    Indian Head Supper Club

    atmosphere and outstanding cuisine.

  • Cafe Wren in Luck has been a place that supports local farmers and artists under one roof. They also support hikers and bicyclists as they travel along the Gandy Dancer State Trail which is adjacent to the Cafe.
  • Love Tree Cheese are producers of some of the world’s finest and most unique sheep milk cheese and dry aged  “European” style grass fed organic lamb.
  • Chateau St. Croix Winery near Osceola has been created to resemble a French Chateau, complete with a central house, stables and formal gardens.

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    Chateau St. Croix Winery

  • Dancing Dragonfly Winery in St. Croix Falls is a producer of award winning wines in a beautiful setting.
  • St. Croix River Inn  bed and breakfast in Osceola has a fireplace in each suite, a spa and full dinner service that is open to the public.

Summer is in full swing here in Wisconsin.  June has always been my favorite month and this year it did not disappoint – absolutely perfect.  If you live here you know that, if not – stop by and we will be happy to share it with you.

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