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Dry-cured salami from the heart of the Driftless in SW WI. Celebrating the connections between the land, animals, farmers, & you.
Dry-cured salami from the heart of the Driftless in SW WI. Celebrating the connections between the land, animals, farmers, & you.
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Why Driftless Provisions? 

Here at Driftless Provisions we're passionate about the Driftless Region of SW Wisconsin. We want to share the story of this place in the hopes that, wherever you are, it might root you more strongly to the earth and a more thoughtful, sustainable way of belonging. 

What we do is make delicious dry-cured salami that celebrates the relationships we share between the earth, the animals, the farmers, and you. 

We’re Ryan and Justin, longtime friends, outdoorsmen, and stewards. We’ve been building Driftless Provisions around the beauty and connection of the Driftless Area and the idea that we think the world would be a better place if more people could know the story that’s being lived here. And the better we do telling the story, the better we’re suited to share our success with the farmers, growers, and our environment. 

Ryan and Justin
Ryan and Justin

Here, farmers grow sustainably, organically, and thoughtfully. Here consumers buy food labeled with farmer’s first names. The topography offers an abundance of farmland, biking country, fishing, hiking, foraging, and paddling. This place thrums to nature’s seasonal rhythms and abides in the wisdom of sustainable practice.

We have brought this wisdom into our work and we want to share it widely. We are making dry-cured salami. This sausage is a superlative of taste, texture, and artisanship. The final result, a raw but miraculously shelf-stable sausage, is the culmination of an astonishment of intention and effort. From breeding to raising to processing to tending during fermentation and drying to delivery and preparation at homes far afield, this process involves stewardship, thoughtfulness, and care. 

Traditional cold-smoked and dry-cured landjaeger.
Traditional cold-smoked and dry-cured landjaeger.

Money raised will be spent on initial production and inventory. We want to get to you, without further delay, our product that has been years in refining. From the humble root cellar where Ryan first began honing his craft to the test kitchen on the ridge overlooking Newton Valley and the Bad Axe River, the salami has evolved and we have grown confident in what we believe is the best salami money can buy. With your support we will begin production of our recipes and techniques at a third party processing facility. With this crucial step we will begin to generate much needed revenue and costumer support to warrant a facility of our own. 

North Fork of the Bad Axe River
North Fork of the Bad Axe River

Our ultimate goal is to make and source here in the Driftless, steeped in the ethos of sustainability and thoughtfulness.

Salumists, Ryan and Justin



Very special thanks to:

Drew Shonka for headshots, Dan Peters for Photo and Video, & Colin Tierney for the backing track, Outdoors

Risks and challenges

Production will initially take place at a third party processing facility in order to roll out product in a timely manner. Our own salumist, Ryan Wagner, will be overseeing the production to ensure it is to his quality standards. Due to the limited number of certified processors in the state of Wisconsin, production numbers may be difficult to meet. We will be working as diligently as possible to secure space within those processing facilities as well as working towards opening our own facility. Financial institutions will be more likely to fund our own facility with proven support from Kickstarter and online sales.

If our own production facility takes longer than expected to fund, our production numbers could be limited and meeting demand could be delayed. We will continue to be persistent in our efforts to supply all of our supporters with great tasting salami and be as creative as possible in seeking solutions to our start-up journey's challenges.

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    Salami Sampler Pack A (3)

    Package of 3 dry-cured sausages.

    Saucisson Sec, Finnochiona, Chorizo

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    Salami Sampler Pack B (3)

    Package of 3 dry-cured sausages.

    Ghost Diablo, Greek Loukanika, Soppressata

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    Smorgasbord Sampler Pack (6)

    Get all 6 Driftless Provisions salamis with both packages from the Sampler Pack Level.

    You get BOTH:

    Package A: Saucisson Sec, Finnochiona, Chorizo

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    Package B: Ghost Diablo, Greek Loukanika, Soppressata

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    Processing Voucher for your Wild Game

    We’ll process 20 lbs of your wild game into delicious, dry-cured salami. Choose one or two of our 6 signature salami recipes, arrange for the meat swap, and we will return to you a truly unique product. Ryan, our salumist, has been making his venison, bear and elk into dried salami for several years now. Dry-curing game is an exceptional craft and a unique transformation.

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    Private Hog Butchering Class

    Private Butchering Class and you bring home half the hog. Come on out to where the magic happens and join Ryan for a single day of private instruction. He’ll walk you through the full hog break-down and teach you how to make some delicious sausage with recipes to go. Bring a few of your friends along if you like.

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    Charcuterie for your party!

    Charcuterie for your party! Are you or someone who you really want to impress getting married or having a big time celebration? Let us handle your charcuterie spread. For a party up to 200 we’ll provide a delicious and beautiful charcuterie spread filled with Driftless Provisions Salamis, cheeses, breads, crackers, jams and pickled vegetables. Our mouths are watering.

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    Salumi Immortality!

    Do you want Salumi Immortality?! Help us craft a new recipe unique to the style and flavor profiles of your choosing. You will also get to name the salami (collaborated with us and approved by the health department). You will go down in history as one of the first collaborators of Driftless Provisions. Our brand and our story means the world to us and we would love for you to be a part of our success!

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    Driftless Provisions Cutting Board

    Handcrafted, Driftless Provisions branded cutting board.

    Walnut. 10" x 10" x 1/2".

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    Cutting Board and Salami

    Get a Driftless Provisions cutting board with all 6 of our signature salamis.

    Cutting board is 10"x10"x1/2" and is made of walnut.

    Salamis are: Ghost Diablo, Saucisson Sec, Finnochiona, Greek Loukanika, Chorizo, Soppressata

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    A day of fly fishing in the Driftless

    Single day of fly fishing in the Driftless guided by yours truly, Ryan Wagner who promises that he “knows a good spot.” We’ll handle all the logistics and lunch on the water. Justin, who’s new to fly fishing, but has finally just finished reading A River Runs Through It will likely join and is happy to offer tips on getting that cast just right.
    The day will be filled with connecting you not only to a few trout, but the water and landscape that we cherish. It is through these experiences that we find the greatest joy and inspiration to tell the story of this place and protect it for future generations.

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    A guided Pheasant Hunt in the Driftless

    Single day of pheasant hunting in the Driftless guided by yours truly, Ryan's capable, one-eyed bird dog.No guarantee on birds. Ryan will be there too.
    You will experience just why Ryan and Justin moved to this place while walking the valleys and hillsides of the Driftless. Without this landscape there would be massive mono-crop fields and factory farms. But due to the inherent nature of valleys and cliffs throughout the region, much of the land is not tillable and broken up into smaller family farms which gives way to more natural edges for wildlife to prosper.

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    Day of Paddling the Kickapoo River

    A day of paddling the Kickapoo with Justin and Ryan. We’ll even turn it into a flotilla if your crew is big enough! Driftless Provisions will bring the boats and will set up to bbq at the take-out. What fun!!

    For those that haven't been to the Driftless or floated the Kickapoo, this is an amazing, lazy river with steep walls of cedar draped limestone. Once a target of a massive damn project, it now serves as a lesson in natural flood control measures and environmental stewardship. The heart of the Kickapoo flows through the Kickapoo Valley Reserve which does an amazing job of promoting conservation and getting people into our natural areas. We would love to share this special place with you!

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Funding period

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