Congratulations to our Cheesemakers

The first full week of March saw the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Winners were announced Thursday, March 7 and we are happy to report WisconsinMade artisan partners Marieke Gouda, Carr Valley Cheese, Decatur Dairy and Cedar Grove Cheese won awards! A list of everything they won is found at the end of this post.

Congratulations everyone!


New Artisans with WisconsinMade

Welcome Straka Meats, the newest artisan at WisconsinMade Artisan Collective! Straka Meats is a family-owned meat processing plant and retail store in Plain, Wisconsin. On WisconsinMade, they sell gift baskets of summer sausage and snack sticks.

Straka Meats Press Release Photo
Caitlin and Andy Straka pose with their snack sticks and summer sausage at their retail store.

Straka Meats was founded in 1948 by Pete Goodman, who passed on the business to his niece Eileen Straka and her husband James. At first, the plant was initially used for chicken processing and the buying and selling of eggs. James changed the plant to beef and pork processing in the 1960s. At this time, he added the large variety of hickory smoked sausages to the retail store. The business expanded in 1976 to keep up with customer demand.

Now owned by the third generation of Strakas, the Straka family continues to manage a growing butcher and retail shop.


Wisconsin Cheese on Nationwide News:

Check it out! Marieke Gouda was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning in March.


New Products at WisconsinMade

WisconsinMade Exclusive O&H Easter Kringle 2-Pack

Celebrate Easter with our newest Easter Carrot Cake Kringle 2-pack by O&H Danish Bakery – a WisconsinMade exclusive! This O&H Easter Kringle 2-pack includes two Kringles in our popular Carrot Cake flavor, which is available for a limited time only. Grandma’s famous carrot cake is baked inside flaky pastry and finished with a smooth and velvety cream cheese filling. It is then festively adorned with the colors of Spring. This Kringle would be the perfect gift for Easter, or would be a lovely accompaniment to your Easter morning breakfast, or could be served as a tasty dessert. Please note that the pastry itself, hand-made by O&H Danish Bakery, requires a minimum of three days preparation. During that time layer upon layer of golden Wisconsin creamery butter is folded and rolled into the pastry dough.

Snack Stick Variety Bundle

Snack Stick Variety Pack on WisconsinMade Artisan CollectiveSnack Sticks are perfect for all ages and seem to be everyone’s favorite! This is a great combination of flavors of Straka Meat’s International Award-Winning Snack Sticks. Bundle contains two packages of Original Snack Sticks, two packages of Jalapeno & Cheese Snack Sticks, two packages of Honey BBQ Snack Sticks. Refrigerate after opening.

Straka's Favorite Summer Sausage on WisconsinMade Artisan CollectiveStraka’s Famous Summer Sausage Combo

Summer Sausage is great for any occasion, with this bundle you can keep everyone’s taste buds happy with a variety of International Award-Winning Summer Sausage flavors. This combo contains one Venison Summer Sausage, two Original Summer Sausage, two Garlic Summer Sausage and one Jalapeno & Cheese Summer Sausage. Refrigerate after opening.

Strake Favorite Summer Sausage and Snack Stick Bundle on WisconsinMade Artisan CollectiveStraka’s Favorite Summer Sausage and Snack Stick Bundle

The Straka’s Favorite Summer Sausage and Snack Stick Bundle is a combination of best sellers! Enjoy International Award Winning Summer Sausage and Snack Sticks. Bundle contains one package of Original Snack Sticks, one package of Jalapeno & Cheese Snack Sticks, one package of Honey BBQ Snack Sticks, one package of 7-Pepper Snack Sticks, one Original Summer Sausage, and one Jalapeno & Cheese Summer Sausage. Refrigerate after opening.

Cookie Trio Gift Box

Cookie Trio Gift Box from WisconsinMade Artisan CollectiveEnjoy your classic cookie favorites with this assortment of old-fashioned cookies by Last Course Sensations. The Cookie Trio Box of chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and crisp oatmeal cookies is sure to become a favorite and will satisfy even the most discerning tastes. Each cookie variety is packed separately in tubes. Each box contains approximately 30 cookies.

Lavender Dreams Gift Basket

Spoil your loved ones with our amazing Lavender Dreams Gift Set of luxurious and pampering bath and body products in a beautiful basket.

The Lavender Dreams gift basket includes Lavender Goat Milk Soap, Lavender Fizzy Bath Powder, Vanilla Lavender Fizzing Bath Salt, Soothing Lavender Clay Face Mask, Vanilla Lavender Shampoo, Vanilla Lavender Conditioner, Lavender Avocado Body Moisturizer, Lavender Solid Perfume, Lavender Flower Buds Sachet, Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub, Lavender Body Butter, Lavender Dreams Face Soap, purple bath sponge, and a clear soap dish.


WisconsinMade Cheesemakers Who Placed at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest


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