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"A Perfect Pair: The History of Landjaeger in Green County, Wisconsin"


August 25, 2022

Author Jesse Brookstein (right) is pictured here with master sausage maker, woodworker and alphorn aficionado, Heinz Mattmann.

If you happen to be an 18th century alpine game warden who is hungry for a snack, or if you were at Oktoberfest in downtown Mount Horeb last year, or if you just happen to be a meat geek, you probably already know what a landjaeger is. But for those who don't know, it's a pair of meat sticks that are often draped in rows for sale next to the cash register in quaint local shops. They used to be hung over the belts of the aforementioned Swiss and German hikers as they walked up and down the steep, snow-covered mountains populated by wild game.

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