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Hidden Gems: Wisconsin – Native American Food

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It seems that every destination boasts some form of locavore dining. While microgreens are good for attracting the foodies, Wisconsin has some more old-school standouts.

Did you know that more than 100 buffalo roam free on the Oneida Nation Farm near Green Bay? It’s beyond farm to table, it’s farm to farm!

And tribes like the Bad River Band, the Red Cliff Band and the Lac du Flambeau all work to supplement the native fish stocks in Wisconsin. And if you’re looking for an easy catch, go “fishing” at the Lac Du Flambeau’s hatchery, which produces fish year round.

For another native dish, you want to see how the Menominee nation harvests wild rice. In fact, Menominee means “wild rice people.” You can’t harvest wild rice yourself; you need a permit for that. But you can see how it is processed and the literal steps it takes to make this Native American staple.

Keep watching to see the traditional ways Wisconsin’s tribal nations embrace local cuisine.

Watch part one, Meet the Nations and part two, Nature on Tribal Lands. Then, head back next week for a new episode of Hidden Gems: Wisconsin.

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