WISCONSIN LOCAL FARMER & PRODUCER (& MORE) DIRECTORY

At the heart of the Driftless Food Guide are the farmers, producers, restaurant-owners, cooks, beer-brewers, wine-makers, spirit-distillers and other foodie-type entrepreneurs who are busy at work, making the Driftless so amazing – and tasty! Learn more about your WISCONSIN local producers here!

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Pictured above is Ecker’s Apple Farm in Trempealau, Wisconsin


FARMERS / PRODUCERS


Driftless Organics
52450 McManus Rd, Soldiers Grove, WI
www.driftlessorganics.com • 608-624-3735

Our story begins back in 1993 when we were just nine and eleven and our mother assigned us the summer project of growing potatoes. Being ambitious farm kids we planted a quarter acre of twenty varieties.  Soon our farm-kid ambition had us buying potato planters and tractors and hiring our mother to drive us to the Dane County Farmer’s Market…


DESTINATION FARM


eckers apples

Ecker’s Apple Farm
W27062 State Rd 54 35, Trempealeau, WI
www.eckersapplefarm.com • 608-539-2652

Ecker’s Apple Farm is a family-run orchard nestled into the bluffs along the Mississippi River.  Bring the family and Pick-Your-Own apples while riding our John Deere train. Bite into our delightful, hand-dipped caramels apples or swoon over our buttery caramel apple pies. Beer garden, live music, and food trucks on weekends in the fall! 


Wehling Farms & Country Store
S764 Jore Rd, Westby, WI
www.wehlingfarms.com • 608-393-6227

Farmer Danika invites visitors year round to her beautiful organic dairy farm and new on-farm Country Store that has a variety of Meat, Eggs, Dairy Products, Produce, Natural Soaps, Photography, Crafts, and CBD oil. New items monthly! Tours are available by request. OPEN: Fri-Sun 10am-6pm


RESTAURANTS


Driftless Café
118 W Court St, Viroqua, WI
driftlesscafe.com • 608-637-7778

Food. Sustenance. Love. With over 200 organic farms in Vernon County alone, The Driftless Cafe utilizes the vast bounty & passion of the local farming community. We believe the growth of our farming community directly translates to the growth of our general economy, making a locally focused restaurant a vehicle for our community development. Open for lunch & dinner Tues-Sat. Good energy = good food.


Harbor View Café
314 First St, Pepin, WI
harborviewpepin.com • 715-442-3893

This is the start of our 40th year serving the “Best from Scratch”. Hours : Thursday: 11-2:30 lunch. 5-8 dinner. 4/18 thru 10/24 Friday: 11-2:30 lunch. 5-9 dinner. Saturday: 11-2:30 lunch.  4:45-9 dinner. Sunday: 11:45-7:30. Monday: 11-2:30 lunch. 5-8 dinner. Memorial Day thru Labor Day CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday 


Potosi Brewing CompanyPotosi Brewing Company
209 S Main St., Potosi, WI
www.potosibrewery.com
608-763-4002

Our Brew Pub is a family friendly restaurant and, in addition to a delicious full menu, we serve a rotating selection of our delicious craft beers as well as our very own Potosi Root Beer.

2019 HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm. Sunday: 9am – 6pm Brunch: 9am – 12pm


ICE CREAM


The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor & Confectionery

The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor & Confectionery
205-209 Pearl Street, La Crosse, WI
www.pearlicecream.com • 608-782-6655

“Homemade Makes The Difference”. The Pearl is an authentic 1930s-style soda fountain and confectionery, featuring our own homemade ice cream, waffle cones, hand-dipped chocolates and small-batch fudge. Located on historic Pearl Street, this family-owned business has been a staple in the heart of downtown La Crosse for over 25 years!


CATERING


Rooted Spoon Culinary LLC
219 S. Main, Viroqua, WI
www.rootedspoon.com • 608-632-2120

We are a catering business, event space, & part-time restaurant/bar in Viroqua, WI focusing on scratch food & drink lovingly made with local ingredients. Open every Friday night for tacos/craft cocktails (year round), Sundays for brunch (Nov-April), & 1st Thursdays of every month for a reservation-only dinner. Catering w/in 1 hr. radius of Viroqua.


COFFEE / BAKERIES


Kickapoo Coffee’s Viroqua Cafe
302 South Main St. Viroqua, WI
www.kickapoocoffee.com • 608-638-7701

It was a long-time dream to open up a cafe in our beloved hometown of Viroqua, WI. Located on Main Street, this former 1940’s gas station has been transformed into a bright and welcoming specialty coffee shop. In addition to our coffee offerings, you’ll discover a teeming bakery case and food menu inspired by the area’s local and organic bounty


BEER / WINE / SPIRITS


La Crosse Distilling Co.
129 Vine St., La Crosse, WI
www.lacrossedistilling.co • 608-881-8800

In the heart of the Driftless resides some of the best organic ingredients allowing us to produce our handcrafted spirits and house brewed beer. Join us at our new geothermal powered distillery and tasting room for thoughtfully sourced food and beverages. Farmer Forward, Driftless Pure, Genuine Wisconsin Spirit = La Crosse Distilling Co.


GROCERY / RETAIL


Viroqua Food Cooperative
609 N Main St, Viroqua, WI
www.viroquafood.coop • 608-637-7511

VFC offers a one-stop shopping experience in a beautiful & comfortable environment to match the integrity of the product on our shelves. VFC is a full service grocery store emphasizing organic & local foods – 30% of sales are grown or produced locally. Enjoy a meal from the hot bar/salad bar, burritos, sandwiches & more. Indoor/outdoor seating.


People’s Food Co-op
315 5th Ave South, La Crosse, WI • 608-784-5798
519 1st Avenue SW, Rochester, MN • 507-289-9061
www.pfc.coop

A locally owned natural foods grocery store featuring products from 480 local farmers and producers, fresh and organic produce, made-from-scratch deli, in-house bakery, full-service meat and seafood, coffee and tea bar, wine, beer and spirits, and a wellness department. Anyone can shop. Everyone is welcome! Open 7 days, 7 am – 10 pm


EVENTS


Bike or Bus the Barns
FairShare CSA Coalition
303 S Paterson St Suite 1B, Madison, WI
www.csacoalition.org • 608-226-0300

Bike or Bus the Barns on Sunday, September 15. Tour organic CSA farms in the gorgeous Columbus countryside. Enjoy gourmet farm-fresh meals, live music and fun on-farm activities at each stop. Bikers have two route options (~25 miles, ~60 miles), while bus riders enjoy a full day tour. Proceeds from this charity event benefit fresh food for all!


TOURS


Ridge and Valley Tours

Ridge and Valley Tours
23921 State Hwy 58, Richland Center, WI
ridgeandvalleytours.com • 608-630-2452

We do tours! It is our goal to share the history and beauty of Southwest Wisconsin with visitors in a fun and informative way. We are connected to many agriculture enterprises that offer farm-related experiences, and farm tours to the public. We strive to represent the diversity of agriculture in Wisconsin while promoting the family-farm ethic.