Edible Antics this week is touring Rock and Rusk counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Rock and Rusk counties looking for edibles and adventures.

Rock County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Rock County by David Benbennick

Janesville is the county seat of this 720 square mile county that is home to 160,300 people, including United States Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan.  The county is named after the Rock River that bisects it from north to south.  Other cities and villages in Rock County include:

  • Beloit – original home of Korn Kurls which subsequently became Cheetos and is credited with starting the snack food industry.  Also home of Beloit College a private school with about 1,300 students and the Beloit Snappers a professional minor league team that is part of the Oakland Athletics.
  • Edgerton – is home to the Southern Wisconsin tobacco industry and originally hosted 52 tobacco warehouses celebrate their Tobacco Heritage Days July 15 – 17, 2016.
  • Evansville – where their historic district includes dozens of historic 1840 to 1915 restored homes.
  • Milton – is home to the Milton House originally a hotel that was a stop on the underground railway
  • Clinton – is home of the Stoop Ball World Championships  The what?  Watch the video for a slice of Americana!
  • Orfordville
  • Footville

Rock County’s southern border is the state line with Illinois.  Many early European settlers arrived from upstate New York.  This area was one of the earliest parts of Wisconsin for settlement.  Twenty percent of the buildings in Wisconsin listed on the National Registry of Historic Places are located in Janesville.   Janesville’s history includes a major General Motors production facility that is now closed and the home of the Parker Pen Company makers of historic pens.  Its agricultural base now supports a large ethanol production facility.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Rock County

  • Soozii’s  uses brilliant colors of stained glass to create one-of-a-kind designs in stained glass stepping stones.
  • Connie Glowacki creates watercolor prints that explore light and shadow as they define shape and textures.

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    Connie Glowacki Door County Sunset

  • Mayhew Mosaics uses broken dishes, glass, tiles, jewelry, rocks, buttons, and stained glass to design and decorate a variety of garden and lawn ornaments.
  • Pleasurable Pause Press presents the book “Stay for Lunch: A Story of Faith and Friendship”
  • Denali Home Collection is a group of luxurious soft 60 inch by 72 inch throws in many colors and patterns for your home.
  • Play Monster designs, manufactures and markets high-quality, award-winning puzzles, board games, toys, and learning products.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

Rusk County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Rusk County by David Benbennick

Ladysmith is the county seat of this 913 square mile county that is home to 17,700 people.  The county is named after Wisconsin Governor Jeremiah Rush who was also the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  Other villages in Ruck County include:

  • Brule
  • Conrath
  • Glen Flora
  • Hawkins
  • Ingram
  • Sheldon
  • Tony
  • Weyerhaeuser

Rusk County is the sight of the Flambeau Mine.  This was a mining operation that from 1993 to 1997 (only four years) extracted 181,000 tons of copper, 334,000 ounces of gold and 3.3 million ounces of silver under the careful regulations of the Wisconsin DNR.   The open pit mine was reclaimed filled and replanted and is now used for multiple recreational purposes.

This Northern Wisconsin forested area offers numerous recreational opportunities to visitors.  There are seven bike trail options, and four beautiful rivers to canoe.  This Northwoods Wisconsin county has attractions to be enjoyed in all seasons.

Additional Edible Antics Recommendations

  • Carnegie Hall Bed and Breakfast  it was the city and county public library for 90 years. Today, the charming Greek revival structure has been completely renovated into a luxurious bed and breakfast, with careful attention to preserving the original integrity and ambience of a turn of the century library.
  • Cristie Mountain Ski and Tube area is a downhill ski and tubing area that offers winter thrills for the whole family.
  • Canoe Bay near Chetek.
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    Canoe Bay Cabin

    This Relais and Chateaux property is a romantic retreat set in beautiful natural surroundings.  Magnificent residences, views, stone fireplaces and delicious cuisine.

Both Rock and Rusk counties offer visitors an insight into the Wisconsin history, culture, geography, beauty, edibles and hospitality that is Wisconsin.  We hope you can join us and participate in this fun and exciting adventure touring this great state.  Stop and enjoy all of these sights yourself!

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