God Bless Wisconsin. Folks, you haven't really seen America until you've watched people wade into a cranberry bog and harvest one of the few fruits native to this continent. Better yet, put on waders and do the work yourself. I've done just that at Bill and Sandy Hatch's Dandy Creek Marsh, outside Wyeville, WI, population 146. People here could not be nicer.
By the way, raw cranberries...not bad. A little tart.
Slices of my Wisconsin experience:
Last night I went to Ed Thompson's Tee Pee restaurant in Tomah, WI. I can't even begin to describe it--a sort of 1970's Native American...ish decor.
Ed is former Gov. Tommy Thompson's brother. The place was hopping. Great steaks, a massive buffet, people singing karaoke, Ed holding court in the pool room/indoor driving range. My cameraman (who's from Madison) complained to Ed that the fried cheese curds weren't up to par. He'd wanted to impress me with a true Wisconsin treat and was disappointed (I wasn't. Hey, food is food--it's all good).
Ed smiled, said "I'm sorry," but then wouldn't let the cameraman swing on the indoor driving range unless he paid $20. On the upside, the steak was awesome. On the downside, I was your typical California earth mother sprouts-loving cad at the salad bar--where about the only thing vegetable was the iceberg lettuce. Though that crab salad was delicious, even at 1,000 calories per serving!