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Field Notes: What comes to mind when you think of Wisconsin and food? Milk, cheese, beer, bratwurst, cherries, fish boils, and more. Come and take a hike through the sites below from America's Dairyland.

Wisconsin Trail Mix
Did you know about these Wisconsin web sites?

Wisconsin Red Cherry Growers Association (under construction)
Discover Door County cherries! Did you know there are about 7,000 tart cherries on an average tree? Learn about the type of cherries that are grown on the Door County Peninsula, their nutritive value, recipe suggestions, the cherry picking season, and location of cherry orchards an orchard map and roadside stands. For more cherry information and recipes see the Cherry Marketing Institute's site.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association
Commercial cranberry production in Wisconsin began about 1860, and today Wisconsin is a leader in cranberry production. This site offers a history of cranberry growing, how the cranberry got its name, facts about cranberry wetlands, and recipes for cooking with cranberries. For more cranberry health and nutrition information and recipes see The American Cranberry and Ocean Spray.

Wisconsin Dairy Producers
Promotes the consumption of dairy products, offers educational materials, sandwich and snack suggestions, recipes, plus links to other dairy sites, such as Why Milk? for more information on milk, its nutrients, and recipes to incorporate calcium into your diet.

Wisconsin Pork Producers Association
Nutritional information on pork and a link to the Pork Recipe Archives of the National Pork Producers Council.

Wisconsin Specialty Cheese Institute
Information on Wisconsin cheesemakers belonging to the Wisconsin Specialty Cheese Institute and types of cheese made. Also offers a bit of cheese history.

Door County Dining Guide
Offers information on a number of Door County restaurants, with menus, hours and maps. Search by location or type of cuisine. Not comprehensive. Fish boils, a Door County tradition, are offered at the following restaurants. Here is a fish boil recipe you can try at home.

Master Brewers Assoc. of the Americas
"Dedicated to the art and science of brewing" and located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Has links to breweries, beer clubs, and organizations on the Web (including the Beer Can Collectors of America), festivals and competitions, home brewing sites, U.S. and international beer guides.

Penzeys Spices
A Wisconsin-based company that carries over 250 herbs, seasoning blends and spices from around the world. You can find information about the herbs and spices, where they come from, and how to use them in cooking. Some of their recipes offer a short, step-by-step Quicktime movie so you can watch the recipe being prepared while listening to instructions. Orders can be placed online.
An online directory and resource for consumers around the world to find food and agricultural products and services from the state of Wisconsin.

Sheboygan Bratwurst Company
Located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the bratwurst capital of the world. Offers bratwurst recipes and a bratwurst screen saver for downloading.

Wisconsin Beef Council
Beef and veal recipes, purchasing, preparation, storage, and food safety information, low-fat cooking tips, and a grilling guide.

Wisconsin Apple Growers Assoc.
Facts about Wisconsin apples, health benefits, storage tips, a history of apple growing in Wisconsin, orchard listings, a Johnny Appleseed story, and several recipes.

Mount Horeb Mustard Museum
Holds the world's largest collection of prepared mustards and features an extensive collection of mustard memorabilia. Located in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Offers an online catalog and mustard recipes.

Taste of Wisconsin: Food and Culture in the Heartland
Created by Terese Allen, food columnist for Wisconsin Trails magazine and Madison's Isthmus newspaper. This site offers highlights from her books: Fresh Market Wisconsin; Wisconsin Food Festivals; Hometown Flavor; Home Cooked Culture: Wisconsin Through Recipes; Bountiful Wisconsin: 110 Favorite Recipes. Your local library may own some of these titles.

Wisconsin Berry Growers Association
Where to pick: berry farms by region, and average picking dates. Nutritional value of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Berry care, handling, and freezing tips. Quart and pint weights. A Kids Stuff section with activities and games, plus links to sites with additional berry information.

Wisconsin Cooks
Provides listings of food and cooking related events/activities in Wisconsin, plus links to additional web and print sources of food and cooking related information from Wisconsin, about Wisconsin, and/or by Wisconsinites. Parts are still under construction.

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