Occasionally, we cross the cheddar curtain to shop until we drop in the Nation's largest grocery store. Woodmans is a 24-hour grocery on the northeast corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 50 just over the Wisconsin border from Illinois. It may well be the world's largest but there is a rival store in the UK which may be a smidge bigger.
This is a full service grocery store with a capacity of 250,000 square feet including warehouse. A worker advised simply walking the perimeter is a 3 mile walk! It dwarfs any Costco or Sam's club -- and carries a variety of food products not seen everywhere.
Of course for those living south of the Wisconsin border, Woodmans is the place to go for milk, eggs, cream, cheese, sausages, ect from the great dairy state. The yogurt case is perhaps 40 feet long with a plethora of yogurt producers which goes beyond Dannon and Yoplait. I always buy the whole milk yogurt with the cream layer on top from Stoneyfields. It makes excellent cucumber soup in Summer. Yes, I can buy Stoneyfields locally but not the whole milk variant!
My Mom's favorite product we never buy: pickled eggs in the meat department. She just swoons over the pickled pigs feet, another product we don't buy!
Vegetable department is rather weak. However, you can buy Kringle in the Bakery department.
In the frozen food department, there are two 30-40 foot cases with frozen juices. In addition, I found a section with several varieties of frozen pasties -- the meat pastry reknowned in the U.P. We like the beef-potato-rutabaga type.
In the laundry products area, I have found a bleach gel made by Spray and Wash which I haven't found in the my local stores. I use it exclusively to clean my tablecloths after holiday dinners. I shake the tablecloth out, then bring it to the laundry room. I spot treat as I snake it in the washing machine. My favorite tablecloth looks snowy white without any stains from cranberries, grape juice, jello and other known abuses!
I cannot say this is destination shopping. However, if your destination takes you close to Woodmans, then bring a cooler and stop in. There are enough unknown products on the shelves to keep you feeling like a grocery tourist!
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