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WISCONSIN FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS

The average age of cranberry beds in Wisconsin is 40 years, with the oldest bed reported to be planted 139 years ago.

Wisconsin produce over 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese; California produces 250 varieties
(2011 NASS).

From 1935 to 1937 state law in Wisconsin required restaurants to serve 2/3 ounce of Wisconsin butter and 2/3 ounce of Wisconsin cheese with every meal served.

Wisconsin is the leading U.S. producer of ginseng.

As of 2001, Wisconsin is the leading grower of cranberries in the U.S.

Wisconsin was the dairy capital of the United States, and for many years produced more milk than any other state. It has now been overtaken by California, which now produces the most milk.

Wisconsin is the largest producer of cheese in the nation, producing more than 350 different varieties of cheese.

Chalet Cheese Co-op in Monroe is the only cheese factory in the United States that still makes the notoriously odd-smelling limburger variety of cheese.

In Middleton, Wisconsin the Mustard Museum has the world's largest mustard collection. The museum contains more than 3,500 varieties of mustard.

The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.

The biggest hamburger ever served weighed 8,266 lbs. It was cooked in 2001 at the Burger Fest in Seymour, Wisconsin. Hungry hamburger fans can visit Seymour, the "Home of the Hamburger" and site of the Hamburger Hall of Fame, paying tribute to hamburger inventor Charles Nagreen. According to local legend, Nagreen served the first burger in 1885 at the Outagamie County Fair.   (USDA, FSA)

The Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison is a 30-year old farmers market held on Capitol Square from April through November, and is the largest farmers’ market in the United States.

Hayward, Wisconsin is the home to the largest muskie in the world, a four-story replica at the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Port Washington, Wisconsin is home to the world's largest one-day, outdoor fish fry, which takes place every July.

The Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw draws nearly 40,000 spectators to Sauk Prairie during Labor Day weekend every year.

The U.S. Watermelon Seed-Spitting and Speed-Eating Championships are held every September in Pardeeville, Wisconsin.

• Sheboygan, Wisconsin is the Bratwurst Capital of the World
• Green Bay, Wisconsin is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World
• Wisconsin is known as the Beer Capital of the United States
• Wausau, Wisconsin is the Ginseng Capital of the World.

    • In 2004 Wisconsin adopted the Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) as the official State Fruit.
    • In 1989 Corn (Zea mays) was adopted as the official State Grain.
    • In 1987 Milk was adopted as the official State Beverage.
    • In 1977 the Honeybee (Apis mellifera) was adopted as the official State Insect.
    • In 1971 the Dairy Cow (Bos taurus) was adopted as the official State Domestic Animal.
    • In 1957 the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was adopted as the official State Wildlife Animal.
    • In 1955 the Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy masquinongy) was adopted as the official State Fish.
    • In 1949 Wisconsin adopted the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) as the official State Tree.

     

 

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