Wisconsin's farmers, ranchers and producers enthusiastically show visitors what agritourism operations are all about in our state. From tours to farm stays, farm-to-table dining and more, enjoy a taste of "life on the farm" with these immersive agritourism experiences.
Wisconsin produces more cranberries than any other state in the nation. At James Lake, an organic cranberry operation in Three Lakes, you can take free tours of the marshes every Saturday during the October harvest season. Visitors can also check out how the berries are cleaned and prepared for shipping.
Hinchley's in Cambridge has been around since 1958 and offers a variety of farm tours. You may be able to milk a cow during your visit, or pet and feed some farm animals. Hayrides into the fields via an antique tractor may be part of the mix, too. During these rides, you'll learn about crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
Free guided tours of this DePere ranch are offered twice daily, and self-guided tours are allowed whenever the farm store is open, generally four days a week. You can also schedule other experiences for a fee, such as a visit that includes walking an alpaca, or an all-day immersion into life at the ranch. Sabamba also has a small bed-and-breakfast inn on the property.
Tour this 12,000-plant lavender farm in Baraboo, then eat at the affiliated café, which serves lavender-based foods. If that's not enough, you can also book an overnight stay at the property's posh, 6,200-square-foot home.
When you stay at the Brickhouse near Centuria, you'll be able to stroll through the owners' century-old farm property, plus feed the goats and llamas.
This Port Washington restaurant serves up Wisconsin fare with a twist. Think mac-and-cheese crafted from sharp white cheddar and cavatappi noodles, or meatloaf made from grass-fed beef and served with beer gravy and fried leeks. Many of the ingredients come from the restaurant's namesake farm, namely the heirloom vegetables grown by the Twisted Willow's executive chef.
Rushing Waters Trout Farm in Palmyra is one of the state's premiere trout fisheries, plus serves up fish from its ponds, either freshly caught or smoked. A few days every week, you can bring in your own fish – caught on-site – and the chef will cook it for you for lunch.
Pizza farms serve up pizza crafted from ingredients grown right on the farm, with the 'zas often cooked in outdoor ovens by the farmers themselves.
This farm in Cochrane offers pizza dinners from May to October on Fridays and Saturdays. While your pizza cooks, you can check out the farm and its animals, pick a bouquet of flowers from its u-pick area, or simply enjoy the live outdoor music. Gluten-free and vegan pizzas are available, too.
Organic produce is the focus at Borner, along with educating people about farming. The Prescott-based business hosts semi-monthly pizza nights, where you can nosh on wood-fired pizzas crafted from homemade dough and farm-grown veggies. Think heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, broccoli, garlic, basil and more. Before you leave, check out the farm's market. Classes and workshops are available, too.