Here in Wisconsin, we like to take advantage of any opportunity to celebrate our dairy industry, so with June being National Dairy Month, we're all over that. What better way to celebrate Dairy Month than by supporting Wisconsin dairy farmers and enjoying tasty recipes? Read on for some of our favorite recipes, featuring Something Special from Wisconsin™ members:
Wisconsin Product: Located in Boyceville, Bifrost Farms Creamery raises a herd of Mini-Nubian dairy goats who produce the high-butterfat rich milk for artisanal cheese (Bifrost Farms Chevre, Farmstead Salzkase Feta and seasonal yogurt cheese) and decadent Cajeta, as well as soaps and lotions. Next on their list? Gelato.
Wisconsin Product: Hook’s Cheese Company has been making cheese for more than 45 years and won local, national and international awards. Their 50 varieties of cheese can be found on site, in restaurants and retailers, and at the Dane County Farmer’s Market.
Wisconsin Product: Westby Cooperative Creamery is located in the heart of Dairy Country and has been producing cheese and dairy goods since 1903. It prides itself in raising animals free of hormone injections, allowing them to produce more milk and the best quality cheeses, sour creams, dips and yogurts.
Wisconsin Product: Saxon Creamery partners with Saxon Homestead Farm to handcraft award-winning, intensely flavored cheeses. Choose from their Asiago Fresca with Rosemary, Big Ed’s Gouda with Serrano Peppers, Garlic & Pimento Gouda, Aged Cheddar Cheese Spread and many more.
Wisconsin Product: A Wisconsin favorite, Sassy Cow Creamery is a result of two farms that are owned and operated by two brothers and their families - the third generation to farm on the land. Its products use milk from both organic and traditional dairy herds, creating some of the best ice cream, milk and other dairy products.
Wisconsin Product: Weyauwega Star Dairy takes pride in being Wisconsin's Finest. The fourth-generation family business crafts a variety of Wisconsin products, from cheeses to meats to gift basket assortments.
Wisconsin Product: Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese is made up of four brothers who were raised on a 40-cow dairy farm near Beloit and began farming together in 1978 and eventually purchased their Waterloo dairy farm in 1980. Check out their Mascarpone and Fresh Mozzarella!
Wisconsin Product: Holland's Family Cheese LLC derives its inspiration from the Netherlands dairy farm its owners grew up on. Marieke and Rolf emigrated to Thorp, WI and missed the cheese from back home - inspiring Marieke to get her Wisconsin Cheesemaking License and learn how to make authentic Dutch Gouda cheese. Today, they have a state-of-the-art facility and offer a wide variety of Gouda cheese, including jalapeno, bacon, black mustard and onion garlic.
Wisconsin Product: Dean Foods Morning Glory has provided some of the freshest, most wholesome products for over 75 years. Choose from their white milk, flavored milk, creams and cottage cheeses.
Wisconsin Product: Omega Valley Farmers LLC, located in the heart of America's Dairyland, has been noted as the national leader for milk volume produced per any county in the US. Farmers provide optimum care for their animals, which provides a high-quality product for families to enjoy.
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Something Special from Wisconsin™ is a trademarked program administered by the Division of Agricultural Development at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection since 1983. Every dollar spent on Something Special from Wisconsin™ products and services supports local farmers, food processors, entrepreneurs, our communities and livelihood, as well as the Wisconsin way of life. Something Special from Wisconsin™ products are unique and of the highest quality, making them perfect for gift-giving, special occasions and every day!
Kristen Finstad is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Having grown up in River Falls, attending UW-Stevens Point and now living in Madison, she’s a Wisconsin girl through and through. Watch Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)