Fond du Lac Combines the Culinary Scene with Local Color on the Region’s Farms and Orchards
Ask anyone in the Fond du Lac and Lake Winnebago Region of Wisconsin why the area has become such a mecca for agricultural tourism with its influx of “foodies,” and they’ll tell you all about the wide selection of farms and orchards that sprinkle the bucolic hills along the Niagara Escarpment. Many of the regions farms boast culinary experts who knew with a lot of tender loving care that they could cultivate this rich soil into a new, healthier life style of produce. And, of course, Wisconsin, is the Dairy State and the cows and goats thrive in the cold winters, invigorating spring and idyllic summer and fall temperatures.
The President and CEO of the Fond du Lac Area Visitors Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB), Craig Molitor says, “Take a trip to our wonderful part of Wisconsin and experience the agricultural side of life. This is your chance to put on the brakes on your hectic lifestyle and for some to return to your youth.”
Meuer Farm hosts groups who take a hayride along the trails, see black walnut groves, maple trees and learn about rotational grazing and land conservation. David and Leslie Meuer have won the 2015 Leopold Conservation Award and the 2016 Governor’s Stewardship Award. Over 25,000 visitors take their tours every year and learn about the farm. Your group can also pre-arrange a farm lunch or dinner featuring the local produce and a chef brought in just for your event. Be sure to leave time to shop at the Busy Bee Country Store & Market for specialty grains and flours, maple syrup and honey.
LaClare Family Creamery is proud of their owner and tour guide Clara Hendrich, a former teacher who uses her past career to educate her visitors on raising, feeding and milking goats and how her family chose this lifestyle. She also proudly talks about their award-winning goat chesses and shares samples with the group. LaClare is known for their field-to-fork meals and features their products in retail shops.
Add your favorite topping to a freshly picked apple at The Little Farmer and enjoy the whole or sliced for you right on the spot. After a hayride that weaves through orchards, fields and an old growth 40 acre woods stop in at the Apple House to bring freshly made muffins and pies or frozen pies to bake back home. In addition to apples, in the fall they feature pumpkin pies for your holiday tradition.