Confession: I haven’t lived in Wisconsin since I was 2 years old. But I still consider myself a Wisconsin girl. Why? Because growing up as a military brat, it was the place that always felt like home. The family farms were there. All of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc were all there – many in the same small town. Somehow, I’ve always stayed a Wisconsin girl at heart. I mean, I can even say “Go Pack” with the right accent. LOL And part of someplace being home is the food that you associate with it. While there are plenty of things I would never look for around here (herring comes to mind LOL), there are certain brands that are made in Wisconsin that I still love.
Johnsonville brats – These are still some of the best brats out there (except for maybe the brats made at the little store in my parents’ town.) Luckily, I can now buy these in my regular grocery store. I grill them up and then toss them in a slow cooker with beer and onions. Best picnic food ever!
Jones Dairy Farm sausages – We pretty much live on these sausages. They are all natural, preservative free, and gluten free. We prefer the cooked turkey links that you can pull out of the freezer and have ready in seconds. I stock up every time the grocery store puts them on sale.
Berries Brothers Coffee – I love flavored coffee and this roaster has the widest variety of coffee flavors of any coffee brand I’ve ever seen. With flavors like Packer Perc, Highlander Grogg, and Caramel Chaos, how can you go wrong?
Sartori Cheese – Obviously a Wisconsin girl is going to love cheese. And Sartori cheese is some amazing cheese. I got my first introduction to it as a Fit Foodie 5k ambassador and totally fell in love with some of their interesting flavors like their citrus ginger bellavitano. It was a total bonus when I found out they were a Wisconsin company.
New Glarus beer – OK, I admit that this is a recent addition to my life. My parents moved back to Wisconsin when Jones was born and Beer Geek and I got introduced to New Glarus beers. They have the most amazing Raspberry Tart beer. But here’s the thing – they only distribute in Wisconsin. This has led to many beer filled suitcases being checked on Southwest Airlines. (And it may be a big part of the reason we are driving home this summer instead of flying. Just sayin’.
Have you ever had “Something Special from Wisconsin”? I’m just excited that I can get many of my favorites here in Virginia.