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Door County is home to a variety of specialty food stores that can meet all your shopping needs, whether you're on the hunt for a multi-course meal, packing a picnic basket, or just craving a few fireside s'mores. Not only are the majority of grocery stores small, family-owned businesses, many of the products they sell have been locally produced. Local foods, wines, and other snacks can make for a great meal, but they also make even greater gifts for friends and family.
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Find these must-try, quintessentially Door County foods and flavors at one of the many independent grocery stores in the county—and support the community's food producers at the same time.
This one is a no-brainer. There are a few local cheesemakers that have an award-winning selection of cheeses. If nothing else, you’ll want to try some fresh cheese curds—the fresher and the squeakier the better.
Local growers use the cherry crop to create cherry salsa, a staple of many farm markets and grocery stores in the county. Sweeter than traditional salsas, cherry salsa is the perfect starter for any party or gathering and pairs well with a mild cheese. Most makers will sell their cherry salsa in a mild, medium, and hot variety.
Wine, Beer, & Spirits
Door County is home to a growing list of wineries, distilleries, breweries, and cider makers. Find these tasty concoctions on facility tours, taprooms, pubs and taverns, markets, and grocery stores throughout the area.
While Door County is not widely known for its honey, the number of beekeepers has grown in recent years, making it easier to enjoy the sweet local flavor. You should be able to find at least one variety of local honey at any local store or market.
A classic. Typically dried cherries come in sweetened and unsweetened varieties, and those with a sweet tooth will love them covered in chocolate. They’re great in trail mix or as an addition to a Door County gift box. Not only are they a great snacking item, they also work well in many recipes and pair perfectly with a wide variety of cheeses.
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