With its fertile soil and more than a century of agricultural heritage, Wisconsin ranks #2 in the nation for its number of organic farms, second only to California. From the boho-chic Driftless Region to cherry orchards hugging Lake Michigan in Door County—not to mention pizza farms nestled along the Mississippi River—the Dairy State is the ideal vacation for farm-loving travelers in search of authentic culinary experiences. Whether it’s stepping into a cranberry bog or sipping cider fermented from antique apples, this book’s profiles of farms (and its farmers) has that itinerary covered. The agritourism opportunities abound throughout the state: farm stays, pick your owns, farming museums, county fairs, dairy centers, wine tastings, tree farms, farmer’s markets, and so much more.
Based in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized food, drinks and travel author with articles about Wisconsin’s cheese published on Travel + Leisure’s website as well as on Fodors.com, CheeseProfessor.com and Shondaland.com, Shonda Rhimes’ lifestyle site. Her articles have also appeared on ArchitecturalDigest.com and in TIME Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine and Milwaukee Magazine. She is the author of Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries.