Now that our 100+ inches of snow has FINALLY decided to start melting, it's time to take a road trip. And what better road trip can there be than one based on cheese?
Just in time for my annual spring road trip is a brand new, 2008 Traveler's Guide to America's Dairyland cheese map, produced by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The WMMB produces one of these fold-out maps every couple of years and this one is the best I've seen yet. Colorful, informative and the best part - you can order one for free!
The map lists Wisconsin cheese plant tours and cheese retail locations around the state, including contact information, cheese tour and retail store hours, along with some interesting fun facts about the Wisconsin dairy industry.
To go along with this year's map, the WMMB has partnered with Discover Wisconsin to feature a 30-minute television program focusing on some of the liveliest cheesemakers and specialty cheese shops throughout Wisconsin. Depending on where you live, the episode airs either Saturday or Sunday this week -- check show times here.
Highlights of this weekend's episode include Larry's Market in Brown Deer, Roelli Cheese in Shullsburg, Humbird Cheese in Tomah, Ellsworth Co-op Creamery in Ellsworth, Burnett Dairy Cooperative in Grantsburg, Holland's Family Farm in Thorp, Mullin's Cheese in Mosinee, Dairy State Cheese in Rudolph, Trega Foods in Little Chute, and Simon's Specialty Cheese in Little Chute.
Whew -- glad I wasn't in charge of that photo shoot schedule. Hope to see you in my travels of Wisconsin cheese this spring!