Who would have thought that the words “Ag” and “Tourism” would fit together!? Isn’t that kind of a contradiction of terms? When we think of Ag (agriculture), we think about farms, cows, pigs, chickens, and maybe, horses. Sure, it’s all of those things but it’s sooooo much more.
Consider your favorite wine or beer. They aren’t chemicals thrown together in some factory; they are awesome taste sensations created from harvesting fruits or produce found on a (gasp) agricultural based location. Yeah, kind of like a “farm”. Use Spurgeon Vineyards as an example. They are the oldest single family owned vineyard in Wisconsin. Their Ruby Lady wine is one of my favorites and yes, they are a part of Ag Tourism. The Potosi Brewery, a popular stop for any tourist, brews some of the best beer to be found. They are a part of Ag Tourism.
Grant County and the state of Wisconsin are well known for quality cheese. This is where those cows (And goats and sheep – yes there is cheese from sheep!) come in. We have great cheese produced at Gile, Carr Valley, Montchevre, Meister, Saputo, and Emmi Roth. This list doesn’t include everyone, just the ones it took me all of two seconds to think of! Are you surprised to know that they are a part of Ag Tourism?
Another venue can be found in locations like Vesperman Farms. Vesperman’s grow produce in the shape of pumpkins. You can also pick strawberries and raspberries. Vesperman’s aren’t just about the produce, they are about the experience! How often can you watch a pumpkin cannon fire a pumpkin high into the air and eat apple cider doughnuts? They also provide a great place to have a wedding reception or host a big meeting. I know, we’ve held our Grant County Economic Development Corporation meetings there.
All of that doesn’t even take into account the Farmer’s Markets and Amish produce that can be found throughout the County. Ag Tourism? Yeah, who knew!
Visit Grant County and discover why “Ag” can be the best part of the trip!