Wisconsin’s 5.7 million people (2010 census) are spread out over 54 thousand square miles or an average of about 105 folks per square mile.  We are organized into 72 counties.  Over the last 9 months we have carefully visited each or those counties to search for 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 visited.  Wisconsin is rich in ethnic traditional food artisans from many origins, newly emerging microbreweries and wineries, restored historic bed and breakfast lodgings, vast areas of forests and park lands preserved for public use, a growing network of bike, hike and snowmobile trails and a long list of our beloved Wisconsin supper clubs.  This week we visit Wood County, the last of our 72 county tours.  Over the coming weeks we will compile listings of the “Best of the Best” from our research around the state.

If you had the time, the funds and a nice touring vehicle which 20 supper clubs would you have on your “Got to get there!” list?  We’ll share with you our list.  And ask for your input too.  But first let’s close out this effort with Wood County.

Wood County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Wood County by David Benbennick

Wisconsin Rapids is the county seat of this 793 square mile county.  74,700 people live here.  Others cities and villages include:

  • Marshfield – is the home of the Marshfield Clinic, celebrating 100years of world quality care.
  • Nekoosa – has a long history of paper making in this area
  • Pittsville –  the geographical center of Wisconsin
  • Alpin
  • Auburndale – home of radio station WLBL, one of the oldest AM radio stations in the US (1923)
  • Biron – on the banks of the Wisconsin River is surrounded by hundreds of acres of cranberries.
  • Hewitt
  • Port Edwards
  • Rudolph – home of the Dairy State Cheese Factory and the Rudolph Grotto and Gardens
  • Vesper

This part of Wisconsin has historically featured industries that are agriculture and lumber related.  More recently they have added sand mining for hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.  And the little cranberry rules.

Wood County is one of the largest producers in Wisconsin as the nation’s leading producer of cranberries, harvesting more than 60 percent of the country’s crop.  Cranberries are grown on 21,000 acres across 20 counties in Wisconsin.  During the early 1890s, the center of the Wisconsin cranberry industry shifted to the Cranmoor area, just west of Wisconsin Rapids.

The University of Wisconsin – Marshfield/Wood County campus is in Marshfield.  It is also the home location of the Marshfield Clinic Health System serving central Wisconsin and beyond.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Wood County

  • Rubi Reds produces a variety of cranberry products, as well as additional items which complement Wisconsin’s top fruit crop – cranberries!

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    Assorted Cranberry treats in heart shaped container

  • Ruby Bay  provides their Curbanies™ that are more than an all-natural fat free snack. Curbanies™ are made using a new patented process that assures the premium fruit’s high moisture and irresistible taste.

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    Curbanies

Edible Antics recommendations in Wood County

September 22 is National Ice Cream Cone Day.  Be sure you observe it with real Wisconsin Ice Cream!

So… we made it through all 72 Wisconsin counties and found lots of places to recommend to you for your enjoyment.  Supper Clubs, B&B’s, meat markets, bakeries, wineries, breweries and recreational opportunities from all corners of the state await your attention.  Now we will sort it all down to top choices in each of a number of categories.   Edible Antics will ID the best as we narrow them down.

Join us next week as we start to search for the best people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin