In Wisconsin, cheese is taken seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the state’s cheese lovers took to the legislature to demand their creamy love affair be made official. Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Legislature finally agreed to make cheese the official state dairy product.
Prompted by a fourth grade class in Wisconsin’s cheese plant-littered Mineral Point, the bill was brought to the Assembly, then the Senate. The next steps will see the bill hit the desk of Governor Scott Walker, and once approved will join a long list of the state’s honorary designees, including the state beverage—milk, and the state animal—the dairy cow. Fun fact, the official state animal is the badger!
According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, the current Wisconsin cheese landscape encompasses more than 9,900 dairy farms, with 1.28 million cows producing an average of 22,697 pounds of milk per year. Wisconsin is home to more than 600 varieties, types, and styles of cheeses that are crafted with care by more than 100 Wisconsin cheesemakers.
I, as a jealous Californian by-stander, may just start leading the charge to get some cheesy goodness represented on our honorary designees list. Fresh chèvre anyone?