Marieke Penterman, Founder & Cheesemaker
Marieke produces local artisanal cheese right here in Wisconsin. Together with her team, she crafts cheese by hand — inspired by traditional Dutch Gouda-making methods of her homeland, the Netherlands. Marieke is passionate about transforming farmstead-fresh, raw cow’s milk from the family farm into award-winning cheese — and you can taste it.
Personal Care Products
Kyle LaFound, Founder
American Provenance, located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, was founded by Kyle LaFound. Kyle and his small team of dedicated employees handcraft all of their personal care products — from mixing to pouring to capping to labeling. They take great care to pick out only high-quality ingredients for their products.
Matt Earley, Founder
Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster that doesn’t stop at roasting coffee. They make yearly visits to meet with their farmers, have collaborations with nonprofit organizations, like On the Ground, and strive to build long-term relationships with small-scale coffee growers. The result of all of this hard work is in their incredibly bright, balanced coffees.
Daniel and Tamara Herskovic, Cofounders
Mayana Chocolate may come from Spooner, Wisconsin, but one of the missions of founders Tamara and Daniel Herskovic (an award-winning chef) is to take you on a new-world flavor journey — with every bite and ingredient. These culinary-infused chocolates are the most delicious combination of thinking global and buying local.
Lauren & Steve Schultz, Cofounders
Purple Door Ice Cream, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, believes that staying local and supporting their community is essential for their small business — which is why they’re committed to using a variety of local ingredients. In their own local shop, customers can find 20 flavors of ice cream for scoops, shakes, sundaes and more.
Quince & Apple
Preserves & Syrups
Matt & Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld, Cofounders
Matt and Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld founded Madison, Wisconsin – based Quince & Apple in 2009. They make preserves and syrups that bring together unique flavors, often balancing between sweet and savory. Each of their small-batch, handmade preserves is ideal for complementing artisan cheeses, and their syrups are perfect for pairing with craft spirits.
Bill Graham, Founder
Tucked away on over 80 acres of forests and valleys in Palmyra, Wisconsin, Rushing Waters smokes delicious fish in their on-site smokehouse. Their 56 ponds are fed with artesian spring water at a temperature so cold, it’s ideal for producing rainbow trout all year long. Each fish they smoke is prepared in a brine of salt, sugar, spices and finished with the savory smoke of northern hardwoods — and is Responsibly Farmed.
We Love Local
Loving our local growers, artisans, makers, entrepreneurs and producers is something that just comes, well, naturally. After all, our local community has been one of our most important ingredients — it's been that way since the doors opened to our very first store.