From prolific rolling farmland to wild rice and walleye in fresh water lakes and streams to the salmon in Lake Michigan, the brewing traditions in Milwaukee, and the extensive dairying and cheese-making across the state, Wisconsin is a great place to eat local foods.
Wisconsin Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables
Wisconsin Farmers Markets
Wisconsin Specialties: Cheese
They call themselves "cheeseheads." That is how important cheese is to this state! While Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar rightly deserves its fine reputation, there is more to Wisconsin cheese than orange blocks. The state seems to be popping with artisan cheese makers turning out a huge range of cheeses, including such winners as Upland Cheese Company. Luckily, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is a great place to find artisan cheese makers.
Wisconsin Specialties: Walleye and Other Lake Fish
Walleye is the most prized of the many fish that populate the state's lakes and rivers. Much of what is available in restaurants or fish counters comes from Canada, so ask about origins if local is important to you. Or, catch and cook it yourself!
- How to Catch Walleye, from About.com's Guide to Fishing
- Pan-Fried Walleye
- Potato-Crusted Walleye
- Grilled Walleye
- Shore Lunch, this version uses potato chips for the crust (I'm partial to crushed crackers, but any crispy crunchy items works)
Or get yours smoked (and shipped) from Charlie's Smokehouse in Ellison Bay.
Wisconsin Specialties: Wild Rice
No matter what kind of wild rice you have, here are some great ways to use it: