WisconsinMade blog Edible Antics is on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Click here for the full list. 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.  We’ll post some background information on each county followed by specific links to our WisconsinMade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Marathon and Marinette counties looking for edibles and adventures.

Marquette County

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Marquette County by David Benbennick

15,400 people occupy about 456 square miles in Marquette County with Montello as the county seat.

Grant Falls Park is located at the site of the former Montello Granite Company quarry. The quarry was once the leading employer in Montello, with approximately 200 employees.

Montello granite was chosen for Grant’s Tomb after 280 samples from all over the world found Montello granite to be the hardest and finest.

The larger quarry hole is about 150 feet deep. The University of Wisconsin drilled a test hole and found the same granite 900 feet deep.  A Catholic church sat on top of the granite until mining began.  The quarry closed in the mid-1970’s.  Today four man-made waterfalls flow year round from the granite.

An Amish community is located about ten miles south of Montello. Many of the stores are located in the area of Barry Rd. and Hwy. 22. Here you can find a bulk food store, bakery, furniture shop, greenhouse and more. Stores are closed on Sundays.

Edible Antics Marquette County Recommendations

  • Mazurek’s Buffalo Lake Lodge is a year round destination for great food, good fun, friendly people and the small town hospitality the area is known for.
  • Fountain Lake Farm is included in Muir Park a 125 acres area where John Muir explored the ecosystems and wildlife during his boyhood.
  • Riverview Bed and Breakfast in Neshkoro located on the White River offers quiet accommodations in small town Wisconsin.

Menominee County

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

Keshena is the county seat of this 360 square mile county that is home to 4,200 people.  It is the least populated county in Wisconsin.  Neopit and Zoar are other villages in the county.  This is a heavily forested county with the largest single tract of virgin timber in Wisconsin.  4 rivers flow through it the Evergreen, the Oconto, the Red and the Wolf.  Legend Lake offers boating, fishing and recreational opportunities for the touring visitors.  The boundary of the county is essentially conterminous with the boundaries of the federally recognized Menominee Indian Reservation.  Most of the land is under federal trust for the exclusive use by the enrolled members of the Menominee Nation.  87% of the residents classify themselves as Native American.

The Menominee Casino in Keshena includes a hotel, casino, restaurants, gift shop, entertainment venue and convention center

Edible Antics Menominee County Recommendations

  • Menominee Casino Resort is an all-in-one destination for guests that offers a complete gaming, lodging, dining and entertainment experience that draws upon the Menominee Nation’s long heritage of hospitality.
  • Menominee Tribe Cultural Museum and Logging Camp Museum.  The Cultural Museum is the focal point of Menominee culture, history and language.  The Logging Camp Museum includes seven buildings of a typical logging camp from the early days of Wisconsin’s first industry, Logging.

We hope you can get a chance to visit these Edible Antics recommendations on your tours around Wisconsin.  Check back with us next week as we tour Wisconsin’s most populated county, Milwaukee.  Here we will search out people, places and edibles made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.

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