Acts of kindness and goodwill towards agriculture have become commonplace in Wisconsin during the COVID-19 pandemic, making it one of the few silver linings of this entire situation. From gallons of milk being donated to FFA chapters volunteering their time and energy to distribute food, everyone is helping out in their own unique way.
One restaurant owner recently heard of the stories of milk being dumped in The Badger State and decided he wanted to do something to help. Daryl Kranich, owner of Downtown Pizza in Thiensville, wrote on Facebook “I live in the Dairyland….I am a proud Mid-Westerner where we have the BEST dairy, beer, and football! My family and I, along with my restaurant…will be fully supporting Wisconsin farming during these hard times.”
Kranich got creative and created a special pie that honors Wisconsin farmers called “The Dairyland Pizza.” He says that the pizza is made with fresh herb tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese from Cedar Valley Cheese in Belgium, fresh homemade sausage, and topped with tons of squeaky cheese curds from Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese in Kiel. The gracious business owner even took it a step further and pledged to donate four dollars from every Dairyland Pizza that is sold to Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Program.
Downtown Pizza buys roughly 270 pounds of cheese from Cedar Valley Cheese every week as Kranich continues to find ways to support the industry as much as possible. “I think we’re all in this together…I think that’s what it’s going to take to get through all of this,” he says. In his Facebook post, he mentions the idea of supporting farmers not just at the current moment, but using the pandemic as a “time (to) teach us we need to forever support our Wisconsin farmers.”
Daryl’s full conversation with Josh Scramlin on the Mid-West Farm Report can be heard by clicking the play button below: