When two of Wisconsin’s largest industries—agriculture and tourism—come together, it’s called agtourism (or agritourism). And as you can imagine, it’s a huge deal here in America’s Dairyland. When you embark on an “agventure,” you’ll meet bakers, brewers, cheesemakers, farmers, growers, producers and even vintners!
Read on for a few fun spots in Wisconsin for an agtourism getaway:
This 150-acre farm offers a plethora of agtourism activities, which range from strawberry picking, farm produce to a corn maze and pumpkin patch. You can even dine on Meuer Farm and then learn how the ingredients were grown in the very field they were harvested that day. Now that’s “farm-to-table”!
Ice-cream lovers: This one’s for you! The Kelley clan has been churning homemade ice cream for generations using farm-fresh, non-homogenized milk from their cows. All you need to do is take one look at their menu and you, too, will be a KCC fan: Barnyard Bash, Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Paradise…don’t even get me started on their ice-cream cakes, pies and sandwhiches. This place is heaven-on-earth for Wisconsin dairy fans.
Located in Sauk County, Wollersheim Winery is a historic winery with a hillside cave built in the 1840s. Take a peek at the cave, enjoy the aromas of the upper wine garden, take a guided tour and then buy a fabulous bottle of your favorite red or white!
Head to Warrens, Wis. to learn all about Wisconsin’s number one fruit crop. The discovery center features an interactive museum, taste test kitchen and ice-cream parlor. Consider planning your trip around the annual Warrens Cranberry Festival, a tradition for more than 40 years that boasts giant arts, crafts, antiques and a flea market near the end of every September.
Want a deeper dive into Wisconsin’s growing agtourism scene? Watch our recent episode!
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Thank you for featuring the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, here in Warrens, Wis. The Cranberry Discovery Center reopens for the season on Friday, May 1, with special activities all weekend. They'll also have their five flavors of cranberry ice cream -- made exclusively for the Discovery Center by Ranison Ice Cream of La Crosse -- available.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Visit Warrens 🙂
The photo from the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center shows some of the old-time tools my husband's family used when establishing a new cranberry marsh back in the late 1800s. The exhibit hall is set up to show how cranberry farming has evolved over the years using hands-on exhibits, sound and video recordings, and even a cranberry corralling game.
Thank you for including Meuer Farm with all of these wonderful Ag-Tourism businesses! We are so pleased to be an "agventure" location here in Wisconsin. Keep up the great work Discover Wisconsin! Our next Farm Flavors dinner is May 21st...
A big thank you and hearty "cheers " for including Wollersheim Winery! We're especially excited for this summer because our new distillery opens August 14-15. We hope to see you around!
So exciting! I'm overdue for a visit...I'll definitely have to round up the crew to stop by in August to check out the distillery! 🙂