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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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Mad Urban Bees
Nov. 27, 2014

Have you seen bees in the City of Madison? They may be part of one of the country’s first urban apiaries, Mad Urban Bees. These bees pollinate the flowers, trees, shrubs, and gardens of the city itself and produce a delicious, artisanal honey that is truly unique to Madison.

Mad Urban Bees is committed to environmentally conscious, sustainable beekeeping that produces raw, small batch honey containing local pollen. This pollen influences the flavor of the honey depending on the season, making each batch of Mad Urban Honey distinctly unique. Throughout the seasons, these bees eat pollen and nectar from basswood, apple and crabapple trees, dandelions, creeping charlie, bergamot, sedum, asters, mint, oregano, roses, and so much more.

Jars of Mad Urban Honey make great gifts and stocking stuffers for the upcoming holiday season. Help support this diverse sector of our state’s agriculture industry by ordering a jar or two today. Click here to learn more about urban beekeeping and place an order!

Gorilly Goods
Nov. 26, 2014

Looking for a snack that will tide the kids over before their Thanksgiving dinner? Gorilly Goods out of Jackson, WI crafts delicious, healthy fruit and nut mixes that are just the right size for a quick snack. This Something Special from Wisconsin company has grown from small beginnings 15 years ago to now being available in stores across Wisconsin and online.

The secret behind Gorilly Goods is that all ingredients are dehydrated rather than baked, which helps to preserve the nutrition found in raw nuts, fruits, and greens. The Gorilly Goods lineup includes organic bananas, raisins, cashews, walnuts, pecans, coconut, coconut nectar, and sea salt. They are also coming out with new snacks, including a “Seeds and Greens” snack mix- a delicious combination of pumpkin seeds, kale, and great spices.

These snacks aren’t just for the kiddos! Grab a pack the next time you’re on the road or need a quick snack at work. Visit Gorilly Goods’ website to learn more and to place an order online!

Prairie Inn Gourmet Dips
Nov. 25, 2014

Prairie Inn Gourmet goes beyond just dipping with their delicious dips that combine crab, lobster, salmon and more with Wisconsin’s finest cheese. These dips are great for holiday get-togethers, tailgates, graduation parties, and, of course, everyday snacking.

These dips are fantastic served up with crackers and veggies, but you can also take them to the next level by topping your steaks, burgers, and brats with a hearty scoop for a cheesy rendition of surf and turf. You can also get creative by adding these dips to a baked potato, tossing them in your favorite pasta, or serving them atop steamed asparagus and broccoli. The possibilities are endless!

Prairie Inn Gourmet Dips can be found in grocers such as Woodman’s, Piggly Wiggly, and HyVee. Also make sure to check out their website for a full listing of products and to put your order in online!

Sherwood's Fabulous Fudge
Nov. 24, 2014

If someone on your Holiday shopping list has a sweet tooth, Sherwoods’s Fabulous Fudge has the solution! Sherwood’s offers 52 flavors of its handmade, hand cut, hand wrapped fudge that are sure to please anyone on your list!

This fudge is made with the finest ingredients, including a bounty of local fruits and nuts and is hand crafted with Sherwood’s own signature recipes. A few of these flavors include Butter Pecan, Dark Cherry Chocolate, Maple Nut, and Sundae Cone.

Visit Sherwood’s website to view all their flavors and to stock up on great gifts to give during the Holiday season- and to order a few for yourself, as well!

Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats
Nov. 23, 2014

Still on the hunt for your Thanksgiving turkey or looking ahead to finding a holiday ham? Keep it local this season and shop Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats. Nueske's is known for its applewood smoked flavor that can be found in its hams, poultry, sausages, and famous bacon.

If you're looking to serve up delicious appetizers before you dig into your turkey or ham, try Nueske's smoked summer sausage and live pate. And of course, pair them with some Wisconsin cheese!

Nueske's makes holiday shopping easy and offers online ordering and delivery straight to your door. Order by today to have your delivery arrive in time for Thanksgiving with no expedited shipping charges. Visit to learn more!

Holland's Family Cheese
Nov. 22, 2014

Known worldwide for their infamous Gouda, Holland’s Family Cheese in Thorp prides themselves on crafting authentic Dutch Gouda cheese using modern dairy practices on their family dairy farm. Milk from their 350 cow herd travels directly to the neighboring cheese factory to be made into this delicious cheese, with the entire process able to be viewed by the public through their public-friendly facility.

During the Holiday season, Holland’s makes it easy to share the gift of Wisconsin cheese. They offer gift boxes featuring different varieties of Marieke Gouda that can be ordered at the store or online and shipped to your desired destination.

To order cheese, learn more about Marieke’s story, and catch a glimpse inside this impressive dairy and cheese factory, click here!

Hixton Blue-Collar Jams
Nov. 21, 2014

When you think of jam, spicy may be the last flavor that comes to mind. Think outside of the jar with unique jams from Hixton Blue-Collar Jams. Their original recipes blend fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, and mangos with a hint of their own homegrown habanero peppers. This flavor combination makes these jams versatile- spread them on toast in the morning or add a spoonful to your dinner entrée.

Also be sure to check out the Blue-Collar Café in Hixton, WI where you can find these jams along with delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Check out the menu, order jams online, and learn more about this great Something Special from Wisconsin company by clicking here!

Mama's Milk Shopp
Nov. 20, 2014

Mama’s Milk Shopp hand crafts soaps, lotions, creams, and more from scratch. The special ingredient? Milk from the owner, Meghan Nichols’, own goat herd. In addition to moisturizing, cleansing, and smelling great, these products also help to soothe a variety of skin problems, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry or sensitive skin.

Mama’s Milk Shopp represents a unique sector of Wisconsin’s dairy industry. Goats help to contribute to Wisconsin’s $43 billion dairy industry and our state ranks #1 in the nation for number of milk goats and goat milk production.

Mama’s Milk Shopp products make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. They offer small and large gift bags of soaps, lotions, creams, and lip balm and also offer seasonal stocking gift bags. To learn more about Mama’s Milk Shopp and to order these great product in time for the holidays, click here!

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Phone (608) 224-5115

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