5 Favorite Wisconsin Local Foods

One of the benefits of living in Wisconsin is the abundance of fresh produce. It doesn’t get much better than visiting the local farmers market to pick up fresh produce or knowing your food at the store came from local farms.

Cranberries ­

Wisconsin is the nation’s leading producer of cranberries. Did you know it’s also the state fruit? Cranberries make delicious recipes and not just for Thanksgiving. Try this summer salad for your next get together.

Apple Cranberry SaladCranberry Apple Salad

  • 3 Apples, red and green cored and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup Celery sliced on bias
  • 3/4 cup Sweetened-dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Hazelnuts toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt plain, low-fat
  • 3 Tbsp Orange juice concentrate thawed
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Mix apples, celery, cranberries and hazelnuts in large bowl; set aside. Blend yogurt, orange juice concentrate and salt until well-mixed. Pour over apple mixture and stir until blended. Makes 6-8 servings.


Potatoes are one of the backbones of food in America and the leading vegetable crop. Wisconsin is home to growing 6 different types. Keep your eyes out for the Spudmobile traveling on the road and you might learn a thing or two about the potato industry in this educational and informational resource center on wheels.

Here are 5 potato facts you might not know:

  1. Potatoes can be used to get rid of rust as well as keeping your ski googles clear.
  2. A potato was the first vegetable in space.
  3. A cultivated potato generally has 48 chromosomes in its genetic make-up. A human has only 46.
  4. Puffy eyes? Just rest two slices of a raw potato on each eye.
  5. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, containing nearly half of the daily recommended value.

Looking for great recipes that include your favorite Wisconsin Potatoes? Find these mouthwatering potato recipes from our partners at the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.

Bloody Mary’s

Have you visited the best places to get a Bloody Mary in Wisconsin? Wisconsinites take these very seriously and the best part is the toppings! Wisconsin fresh cheese and a beef stick. Add a cheeseburger and bacon, anyone? Cheers!


Brats (or beer brats) are a must eat in Wisconsin. We even have the world’s largest brat festival.

Did you  know that even Johnsonville Sausages started in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin?

Even though Martha Stewart has a Wisconsin Beer Brat recipe, we found The Most Delicious Wisconsin Brats Ever! Recipe from our friends Mad Dog & Merrill®.

The Most Delicious Wisconsin Brats Ever!
From our favorites, Mad Dog & Merrill®

  • 15 to 20 brats
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • one 27 oz can sauerkraut
  • one chopped green pepper
  • two chopped onions
  • two cans of beer

Mad Dog & Merrill® Da Works Brat Sauce

Mix butter, sauerkraut, green pepper.  Brown your brats over direct heat.  Place in an aluminum drip pan, and simmer in mixture for 45 minutes to an hour.  Top with Mad Dog & Merrill® Da Works Brat Sauce.  Makes 15 to 20 servings.

Did you know we are an Elite sponsor of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, one of the locations of Mad Dog and Merrill’s shows? Find the duo at the Rural Event Center and in our tent this summer. Or make sure to watch the television series, Mad Dog & Merrill® Midwest Grill’n.

Cream Puffs

Of course, we can’t forget about cream puffs, a staple at the Wisconsin State Fair (it’s worth the wait in line). We are proud new sponsors of the event. Hope to see you there!