|What could be more typical of Wisconsin than a cow decorated with many|
types of cheese.
Two weekends ago we were up nort' for my niece's wedding. We decided in stay in Stanley for the weekend. Since the wedding was late Saturday afternoon, we had time to explore a cheese factory in the area during the morning. We finally found LeGrander's Hillside Dairy south of town toward Thorp.
We arrived at just the right time because Dan LaGrander, owner, was there and gave us a private tour of the facility.
|The investment that Dan has made in his cheese factory|
is in the millions, if not the tens of millions.
Wisconsin's landscape used to be dotted with many more cheese factories than one can find today. The peak was in the 1920s when 2,800 existed. Today only 126 factories are left. However, this is still the most of any state in our country. Wisconsin cheesemakers also lead the country in the varieties of cheese they produce - 600. California cheesemakers come in a far second with only 250 varieties. Mozzarella cheese is the number one variety that is made in Wisconsin - probably because of all the pizza we eat!
Even though the term, "cheesehead" can be a derogatory slur, many Wisconsinites, like me, are proud to be called one.
|During football season fans wear a cheesehead. We saw this fan in Orlando|
in 2011at a bar where more patrons were wearing Packer gear than in any
Wisconsin bar that I've ever seen!