Food Travel to Door County, Wisconsin: Fresh from the Farm or Orchard, Part 2


feeding goat at door county creamery

The culinary list of amazing flavors and foodie finds continues to grow in Door County, a food travel destination that’s not on the way to anywhere, a fact that infuses the place with a relaxing vibe. We touched on some of the many fine, farm-to-table dining options possible in our first post, featuring enticing food, wine and cocktails.

In many ways, Door County is like Cape Cod, but without the big traffic jams -- or hurricanes. With more than 14 orchards featuring cherries and another ten orchards featuring apples, plus seven local wineries, three breweries, ten bakeries, three cheese factories, two smokehouses for whitefish, salmon and other lake fish, and four confectioners, buy local and eat or drink local comes easy, here.  Plan to stock your pantry.  There’s a cidery, distillery and ice cream factory, too. 

If you feel the need to cook, farmstands and well-stocked orchard markets -- more like overflowing, local food-product versions of Trader Joes -- pop up regularly along Highway 42, the main tourist route taken to the end of the peninsula, to the narrow water passage between Lake Michigan and Green Bay known as Death’s Door, and ferry jump off point to Washington Island. During the summer, farmers’ markets can be found in seven communities on either coastline as well. From deliciously crafted sandwiches to unique food products, wine, cheese, beer and cider, Door County is a cornucopia of terroir, a taste of place.

 brie sandwich door county creamery

Door County Creamery’s Goats, Cheeses and Agritourism

Experience the full “goat to gelato” story at Door County Creamery.  Farmer-entrepreneurs Jesse and Rachael Johnson offer a farm tour that starts with Jesse taking you behind the scenes of their small-scale cheese making operation in the small town of Sister Bay. 

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