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Alice in Dairyland Travel Journal by Zoey Brooks

Alice in Dairyland Travel Journal by
Zoey Brooks

2811 Agriculture Dr. PO Box 8911
Madison WI 53708-8911
Phone (608) 224-5115

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The Search is on for the 68th Alice in Dairyland
Dec. 19, 2014

It's crazy how fast time flies! It seems like just yesterday I started my journey in the hopes of becoming Wisconsin's 67th Alice in Dairyland. That time has come again for young ladies who have an interest in serving as our state's next agricultural ambassador.

If you are a young woman with a passion and strong knowledge of Wisconsin agriculture and have experience in communications, education, or public relations, this position is the perfect fit for you. Keep in mind that you must be at least 21 years of age, a female, and a Wisconsin resident to apply.

There's just a few short weeks until the applications come due on Monday, January 5. You can find more information on this position along with application materials at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection's website. You or someone you know could be our next Alice in Dairyland!

A visit with WGN and Orion Samuelson
Dec. 12, 2014

I was fortunate to take part in a tradition that dates back to Alices from the 1960's- a visit with the legendary Orion Samuelson. I met with Orion at his WGN studios in the Tribune Tower in downtown Chicago to share Something Special from Wisconsin with him and his vast expanse of listeners.

Orion is originally a Wisconsin native has met every Alice in Dairyland dating back to the early 1960's when he started at WGN radio in Chicago. Since that time, Alice has made the trip to the Windy City (the only out of state trip that I will take this year!) to chat with him on air and share special products from his home state.

A few of the products I shared with Orion included cheese from Holland's Family Cheese and a copy of the book, Badger State of Mind- both of which he thoroughly enjoyed! This trip was definitely a highlight of my year and is a memory that I will carry many years beyond my year as Alice. You can catch Orion Samuelson on "This Week in Agribusiness" Saturday Mornings on your local TV stations!

Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association
Dec. 09, 2014

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, make sure to keep it local this holiday season by choosing a Christmas tree grown by one of our nearly 900 Christmas tree producers here in the state. These trees are truly Something Special from Wisconsin!

By choosing a real Christmas tree, you not only support local tree farmers in Wisconsin, but help contribute to a better environment for us all. Christmas trees help to supply oxygen and sequester carbon dioxide in the air, provide habitat for local wildlife, and naturally decompose after the holiday season is through. Plus they help to add beauty to our Wisconsin landscape!

The Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association makes it easy to find a grower right in your area. Visit their website to learn more about locally grown trees, find fun tree activities for kids, and plan your next family outing to cut down a tree of your own!

XSeedingly Satisfying
Dec. 08, 2014

If you're on the go this holiday season, Xseedingly Satisfying crafts delicious, nutritious fruit and nut mixes that will tide you over without spoiling your next family dinner.

With many different varieties of mixes to choose from, such as "Sweet & Savory", "Sweet & Fruity", and "Sweet & Sassy", there is a flavor for everyone. This Something Special from Wisconsin company creates its unique flavor by lightly roasting the seeds found in their mixes with pure maple syrup or coconut sugar and unique spices.

Visit Xseedingly Satisfying's website to explore all the varieties and pick your favorite. Shopping is made easy with online ordering and a directory of local grocers!

Northleaf Winery
Dec. 07, 2014

Wine is a great gift to give during the holiday season and pairing wine with delicious chocolate makes it even better. Northleaf Winery in Milton pairs its fine wines with homemade chocolates for a great flavor combination and unique gift.

Northleaf goes beyond just retail by offering pairing parties, tours, and tastings at the winery. Their delicious wine can also be purchased at their market or enjoyed year round at their bistro. Northleaf even offers a quiet getaway at the winery in their rentable guesthouse.

Visit Northleaf’s website to find a retailer near you, book your next party, schedule a getaway, or try their wine pairing tool!

Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative
Dec. 06, 2014

Get creative with your cheese tray this holiday season by including cheese from the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative. Our dairy sheep make up a unique sector of our state’s dairy industry and play a role in the $43 billion impact that dairy has for our state.

If you have guests at your next holiday get-together that are sensitive to dairy, sheep’s milk cheese might be a way they can enjoy delicious Wisconsin cheese with their meal. Due to its smaller fat globules, sheep’s milk is gentler on a digestive system and also contains easier to digest lactose.

The Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative offers many different varieties and styles of cheeses, yogurt, and butter. Visit their website to learn more about sheep milk products and to find a retail location in your area!

Sconnie Foods
Dec. 05, 2014

Ditch the clunky can and impress all of your fellow tailgaters with squeezable sauerkraut from Sconnie Foods out of Eau Claire, WI. Sconnie’s innovative design is a convenient, portable, sanitary, and tasty way to enjoy your sauerkraut before the big game or simply every day.

Canned, bagged, or jarred sauerkraut always leave you with pesky leftovers that never seem to get used up. With squeezable sauerkraut, you can simply snap the lid shut, put it in the fridge, and break it out for multiple tailgates and Packer parties. It’s also super handy to throw in a cooler to take to these games.

Make sure you have squeezable sauerkraut on hand for the rest of the football season and for your Super bowl spread. Also keep it in mind when summer grilling and the 4th of July roll around! Visit Sconnie’s website to see where you can find it in a grocer near you!

Widmer's Cheese Cellars
Dec. 04, 2014

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to give the ultimate Wisconsin gift-cheese! Widmer's Cheese Cellars in Theresa, WI makes gift-giving easy by beautifully packaging its famous cheese and shipping it right to your destination.

With different sizes and varieties of cheese gift boxes to choose from, there is something for everyone. Widmer's even takes it to the next level by pairing their cheeses with delicious Wisconsin sausage for a truly Wisconsin experience for those on your list.

Widmer's Cheese Cellars has been hand-crafting award winning cheese since 1922. You can visit their retail store located just 40 miles north of Milwaukee to get a glimpse of how this cheese is produced on their informative tours and taste test your way to your favorite cheese. Visit to make gift giving easy this year!

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Phone (608) 224-5115

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