Project Milwaukee: What's On Our Plate?

The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy

Wisconsin is one of the nation's biggest producers of cheese, milk, butter, sweet corn, oats and carrots. The state is known globally for its cranberries and ginseng. Agriculture and related industries provide more than 300,000 jobs, or about 10% of the state's total employment, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

While some sectors of the economy have been shrinking, there appears to be opportunity for growth in Wisconsin's food-related industries. Numerous jobs in Wisconsin are connected to foods grown, produced and packaged in the state, and shipped around the world.

During November of 2010, the Project Milwaukee: What's On Our Plate? series focused on the foods made in Wisconsin, and the impact of the state's food-related economy.

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Project Milwaukee
8:38 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Milwaukee's Brewing Tradition

Our series on Wisconsin’s food economy wouldn’t be complete without a look at Milwaukee’s brewing tradition. Brewery historian Leonard Jurgensen owns the largest private collection of Schlitz memorabilia in the nation. Kevin Cullen is an archaeologist and educator at Discovery World in Milwaukee. He helps run the museum's "Distant Mirror" archaeology program and blog and teaches the "Ale Through the Ages: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Brewing" courses. Cullen and Jurgensen lead the museum's "Legacies of Milwaukee Brewing" tours around the city. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

Project Milwaukee
8:35 am
Mon November 15, 2010

An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State

Our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series takes a look at what foods we make in Wisconsin and how it impacts our economy. First, we look at our food history.

Terese Allen is the author of the new edition of The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Tomorrow on our Project Milwaukee series, What’s On Our Plate?, we move into the present and take stock of what’s being produced in Wisconsin today.

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