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Winter 2021

Our next scheduled appearances are at the Milwaukee County Winter Farmer's Market. This year the market will be held near the Fiserve Forum at Gather at the Deer District, 333 W. Juneau Avenue, Suite 3, Milwaukee, WI. Market hours: Saturdays from 8am - 11:30am. Our scheduled dates are: Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 26. 

In central Wisconsin Harvest time for Hickory extends from Labor Day to Halloween. This year is an "on" year, so the trees were full (as are the squirrels, chipmunks and other critters we compete with for this delicious kernel). We were out every day gathering Hickory. We also participate with the Wisconsin Hickory Association in elementary school presentations and fundraisers. We pay $.25 per pound for collected hickory nuts and bring samples and nuts for the children to plant. We hope the next several generations will enjoy the rebirth of this traditional rural farm family and Native American delicacy.

Hickory Harvest 2021

The 2021 harvest is complete! Although we may gather hundreds of pounds of Hickory nuts, we can't be sure how much of our harvest is good until they are floated. The Native Americans used this technique to separate the viable nuts from those that were undeveloped or desiccated.The good nuts sink.After determining our viable crop, nuts are washed and dried on racks for several days before being packed in mesh bags and hung in a cool, low humidity environment. We prefer to age or season the nuts for a few months before cracking and packaging the kernels. We find this extra bit of time in the shell sweetens the nut meat.
2018 Wisconsin State Fair
Best of Show - Eats & Treats Competition

Wisconsin Hickory Syrup produces the finest 

all-natural Hickory Syrup in Wisconsin.

The Hickory is grown, harvested and processed locally.

No preservatives: Fat Free, Sodium Free, Cholesterol Free.

Used for traditional syrup applications - pancakes, waffles, sausages - but also adds flair to baked ham, pork and chicken.

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Wisconsin Hickory Syrup was awarded Blue Ribbons at the 
2013 - 2016 Green Lake County Fair
and it won "Best of Show" in '14, '15 & '16!
Wisconsin Hickory Products

This rare, all-natural syrup is painstakingly made from local

hickory trees here in central Wisconsin.
The word Hickory is derived from the Virginia Algonquin Indian's word "pawcohiccora", a term for a ground meal made from the nuts. The early Virginia colonists quickly learned the value of the Hickory from the local Native Americans and used hickory tree wood smoke to flavor, cure, and preserve meats in the famous smokehouses of Virginia. 
The Shagbark Hickory (‘carya ovata’) is a large deciduous tree that reaches over 100 feet in height and can live for 200 years. Though the trees are seldom grown commercially, their nuts are edible and are championed by those who know the taste personally. It is also a favorite of the local fauna as squirrels, chipmunks, turkeys, black bears, foxes, rabbits, mice, wood ducks and mallards all compete for the flavorful nut! In the early 1800's settlers relied heavily on the hickory to supply strong wood for crates, barrel hoops, wagon wheels, tool handles, furniture and wood for fuel. Hickory was so widely known for it's toughness and strength that the 7th President, Andrew Jackson, was nicknamed "Old Hickory"
for his similar traits!