Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Click here for the full list of counties. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit. Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our WisconsinMade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we visit Juneau County and Kenosha County looking for edible delights and adventures.

Juneau County

Juneau County in Wisconsin by David Benbennick
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Juneau County by David Benbennick

The county seat is Mauston of this 768 square mile county where 26,700 people live. Some of the other cities and villages in this county include

  • Elroy
  • New Lisbon
  • Camp Douglas
  • Hustler
  • Lyndon Station
  • Necedah
  • Union Center
  • Wonewoc

The county includes the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Nestled in central Wisconsin is a landscape that was epitomized by early homesteaders as the Great Wisconsin Swamp. A mosaic habitat of sedge meadow, savanna, prairie, and pine-oak forest established in 1939, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is home to ringed bog haunter dragonflies, whooping cranes, trumpeter swans, wolves, Karner blue butterflies, badgers, and red-headed woodpeckers.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge has one of the largest savanna restorations taking place in Wisconsin. These efforts have provided habitat for more than 110 species of migratory birds, three species of amphibians, 14 types of reptiles, and more than 44 species of butterflies in central Wisconsin. Volk Field Air National Guard Base is also located in Juneau County. Also included is the Mill Bluff State Park. Travelers passing through the Camp Douglas area are intrigued by the unusual, tall bluffs rising abruptly from the flat plain. Mill Bluff’s sandstone buttes were islands in Glacial Lake Wisconsin during the Ice Age, 12,000 years ago

WisconsinMade artisan partner in Juneau County is Kustom Kraft Laser, who specializes in engraving photographs into solid cherry wood. The unique, high quality engraving process results in a detailed true-to-life image.

Edible Antics Juneau County recommendations include:

Kenosha County

Kenosha County in Wisocnsin by David Benbennick
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Kenosha County by David Benbennick

Kenosha is the county seat of this county of 166,400 people that occupy 274 square miles. The county shares the Illinois state border with Wisconsin and has Lake Michigan as its eastern border. The economy of the county is deeply tied to the greater Chicago area and welcomes visitors and friends from there to enjoy all the delights of the county. The county is the corporate home for Jelly Belly (with a Jelly Belly Factory Store) Snap On Tools, Jockey Apparel, Uline and hosts a major warehouse for Amazon.

Other villages in Kenosha County include:

  • Bristol
  • Paddock Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Twin Lakes

The Kenosha lighthouse was originally designated a coast and harbor light for Southport, now Kenosha, Wisconsin provided the first navigational illumination a mariner would see upon entering Wisconsin from the Chicago area. Standing 55 feet (17 m) tall and situated on a hill, the lighthouse projected light from 74 feet (23 m) above lake level. The tower is built of yellow Milwaukee Cream City brick and is conical in shape. Originally the lighthouse contained a fourth order Fresnel lens fueled by kerosene with a fixed-white light which varied by flashes. Officially discontinued in 1906, the lantern room was later removed and replaced by a 25-foot (7.6 m) tripod mast for displaying storm warning flags and lights. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, the lighthouse has been restored and holds an automated electric light

WisconsinMade artisan partner in Kenosha County includes:

  • Wolf’s Vision Nature Photography enjoys sharing his photos with others by designing Christmas Cards, calendars, and note cards and other items. A recent hardbound coffee table book titled Lingering … Soulful Reflections showcases his photography.

Edible Antics Kenosha County recommendations include:

  • HobNob Supper Club has the ambiance of the classic Wisconsin Supper Club.
  • Rustic Road Brewing is right in the heart of downtown Kenosha. They make their own beers right on site in small batches in the old Wisconsin artisan style.
  • Public Craft Brewing makers of great dark beers and more in Kenosha.
  • Paielli’s Bakery products range from sweet rolls, cakes, pies, Kringles, and desserts, to many different types of bread.
  • Hometown Meats is a full service meat market and delicatessen, which carries a variety of choice meats and salads for your favorite meals or grilling needs.
  • For travelers with pets try Candlewood Suites or La Quinta Inn
  • Frank’s Diner The unusual lunch car diner is recognized as a historic landmark and great breakfast joint. Featured with Guy Fieri on the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
  • Jelly Belly Factory Store for a huge selection of their candies.
  • Uke’s Harley Davidson is one of the larger dealers in this Wisconsin based motorcycle manufacturers network.

We hope you have had a chance to enjoy these Edible Antics recommendations.

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Join us next week as we search in Kewaunee County and LaCrosse County Wisconsin for more people, places and edibles made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.

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