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Kansas has many interesting specialty foods. Some are based on Kansas Agriculture, but more are inspired by the (usually) European Heritage of many of the immigrants to Kansas. This page was inspired by a wonderful meal I prepared at home using Krizman's smoked Polish sausage, Extra Inning's jalapeno mustard, and Porubsky's horseradish pickles.

Sadly, Extra Inning's no longer open. If we are going to keep these great Kansas institutions open, we must visit them often and encourage others to do the same.

Alma, Kansas - Alma Bakery and Sweet Shoppe once occupied an 1886 native stone building that had formerly housed the Wabaunsee County Bank, a general store and a barber shop. But they have since moved to a more functional, larger space up the side street. 

As soon as I walked through the bakery door, I knew I was going to like this place. Alma Bakery smells wonderful! 

Alma Bakery and Sweet Shoppe - Alma, Kansas
Alma, Kansas - The Alma Creamery dairy store sells Alma Cheeses, milk and other Kansas specialty food products from Wyldewood Cellars Winery, Grandma Hoerner's, and jerky & sausage from Prairie Thunder Elk. I particularly like their extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Open Monday - Saturday.

Alma Creamery - Alma, Kansas
Alma, Kansas - Grandma Hoerner's Foods produces apple sauces, preserves, fruit butters, chutneys, barbecue sauces, salad dressings, salsas, and mustards in a facility that is just off of I-70 at exit 324.

Grandma Hoerner's products are available through a variety of retail outlets, online, and at retail store in the Alma factory.

Grandma Hoerner's Foods - Alma, Kansas
De Soto, Kansas - Steve's Meat Market has been serving De Soto, Kansas and western Johnson County for 40 years.

Steve's isn't just a full service meat market and deer processor, but prepares many specialty meats, including bratwurst, sausage, slim Jims, pickled pig's feet, and pickled polish sausage. They also provide a variety of fresh meat, raw bones, cooked bones and hooves for pets.

Steve's Meat arket - De Soto, Kansas
Dexter, Kansas - Henry's Candy Company was founded in Dexter in 1956. Operated by the same family for over 60 years, it was founded by Patrick Henry, the son of Tom Henry, who had the Peerless candy factory in Arkansas City, Kansas. The store moved from downtown Dexter to its current location in 1975. 

Henry family lore (repeated many places) is that he was the creator of the "Oh Henry Bar." There are multiple stories about the creation and naming of the early candy bar and you can choose whichever you like.

Henry's Candy Co - Dexter, Kansas
Goodland, Kansas - Olde Westport Spice and Trading Company has a factory shop in Goodland and offers factory tours by appointment. Our family has used their spice blends since they started the business across the state in Johnson County over 30 years ago. At one time the spices were purchased at fairs, craft shows and other events, but these days most of the sales are online.

Bill Peterson is always looking for new products, but right now they are known for spices, cook books, soup and bread mixes. 

Olde Westport Spice and Trading Company - Goodland, Kansas.
Kansas City, Kansas -  The Bichelmeyer Meat Market in Kansas City, Kansas opened in 1946 and is operated today by Joe and Jim Bichelmeyer. 

In addition to being a full service butcher shop, the Bichelmeyers also raise cattle, and offer custom slaughtering, aging. and smoking. Bichelmeyer Meats smoke slim Jims, beef jerky, 12 kinds of sausage, 7 kinds of bacon , pork loin and pork chops. 

Open Tuesday through Saturday. 704 Cheyenne Avenue,
Kansas City, Kansas 66105 (913) 342-5945

Bichelmeyer Meat Market - Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas - Krizman's House of Sausage has been producing ethnic sausages since 1939 and supplies a number of Kansas City restaurants. Although Krizman's has a Croatian heritage, they also produce a number of other ethnic sausages and knockwurst. 

Open Tuesday through Saturday. 424 North 6th Street - (913) 371-3185.

Krizman's House of Sausage - Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas - Spicin Foods (formerly Original Juan Specialty Foods) in the Rosedale District of Kansas City began production in 1997 and creates specialty sauces, salsas, snacks and dips for wholesale, retail and private label customers. There is a factory outlet store and parts of the factory can be viewed through windows near the store. Spicin Foods produces 150 of their own products and over 1500 private label products for companies throughout the world.  Spicin Foods Factory Outlet Store - Kansas City, Kansas
Leawood, Kansas - Fritz's Smoked Meats opened in 1927, and has been at this location since 1969. Four generations of Fritz Plapp's family have operated the popular store. Fritz's produces and sells many varieties of sausages, as well as hams, turkeys, brisket and ribs. Our family likes the sausages, particularly the Jalepeño Cheddarwurst, BBQ Pork and Hot Polish.

They also serve sandwiches and prepare hot ribs, sausages, chicken and brisket on the smoker in front of the store. Shipping available

Fritz's Smoked Meats - Leawood, Kansas
Lecompton, Kansas - Kroegers Country Meats & Deli is on Highway K-1029 passing through Lecompton, Kansas. Kroegers is a friendly, family run market that has been in operation for 25 years. 

Kroegers Country meats makes two varieties of beef jerky and several varieties of sausage. Robin Kofford grind's Kroegers own hamburger which can be purchased cooked or by the pound. Kroegers sell other sausages, bacon, smoked pork chops and ham from Fanestil Packing in Emporia. Kroegers meat products are great.

Krogers County Meats -- Lecompton, Kansas
LeRoy, Kansas - Luther's Smokehouse is one of Kansas' fairly little known gems. A restaurant & convenience store in a fun old building, and a new modern smokehouse next door. Luther's smokehouse produces several varieties of beef, buffalo & turkey jerky, buffalo sausage, and pemmican (lean buffalo roasts ground tender & dried - preserved with raisins).  Luther's Smokehouse jerky - LeRoy, Kansas
Lucas, Kansas - Brant's Meat Market features fine fresh meats as well as dry cured bacon, beef jerky, homemade Czech bologna, and wonderful smoked link sausages. The Czechoslovakian ring bologna is a big treat with everyone that tries it, and I love the smoked sausage on pizza. Brant's market has been operating since 1922. Brant's Meat Market - Lucas, Kansas
Manhattan, Kansas - Call Hall on the Kansas State University campus has housed the KSU Dairy Processing Plant since 1964. It also has the Dairy Bar where ice cream, milk, cheese, meat and sandwiches are sold to the public. The Call Hall Dairy Bar carries 40 different flavors of ice cream, but only 30 are available at a given time. One of the popular flavors in Purple Pride, which is named for K-State University and is actually blueberry ice cream. My personal favorite is Irish Cream.

The meat section has beef, pork, and lamb plus seasonal items such as smoked turkey, smoked hams, summer sausage, barbeque beef, barbeque pork, wildcat loaf and cheese & meat boxes.

Open Monday through Friday 8AM - 6PM and Saturday 10AM - 4PM. KSU Dairy Bar, 144 Call Hall, Manhattan  (785) 532-1292 

Call Hall Dair Bar - Manhattan, Kansas
Mission, Kansas - Werner's Specialty Foods has been selling their own handmade sausages since 1973. The market offers a variety of German and Scandinavian style, or imported grocery products. 

The market is open Monday through Saturday. On Saturdays, Werner's grills several of their own sausages outside the store sells them on a bun. On weekday's at lunch time they grill just one of them, rotating which one.

Werner's Specialty Foods - Mission, Kansas
Overland Park, Kansas - Andre's Confiserie Suisse and Rivaz Tearoom in Overland Park, Kansas makes high quality chocolate candies, French pastries & tortes and service light authentic Swiss lunches.

Andre and Elsbeth Bollier immigrated from Basel, Switzerland to Kansas City in June of 1955, and opened typical a Swiss Confiserie south of the Country Club Plaza at 5018 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri in October of that year. Andre's quickly became a Kansas City tradition. 

Andre's daughter Brigitte and husband Kevin opened Andre's Confiserie Suisse in Overland Park, Kansas in 2002.

Andre's Confiserie Suisse & Rivaz Tearoom - Overland Park, Kansas
Overland Park, Kansas - After 5 years of selling hand crafted sausages from their Wiener Wagon mobile cart at the Overland Park Farmers Market, husband & wife team, Dave Derr & Jessica Rush opened Wiener Kitchen at the end of 2017. The menu is limited with 4 breakfast items and 7 sandwiches, plus chili and specials. Breakfast is served until 10AM, but the sandwiches are available anytime the Wiener Kitchen is open.

Although it is a little pricey, we recommend the bulk sausage. Pork sausage is $9/pound, beef, specialty & chicken sausages of $12/pound.

Wiener Kitchen - Overland Pakrk, Kansas
Partridge, Kansas - The Potluck, a few miles southwest of Hutchinson, near Partridge, Kansas is an Amish family farm and dairy which sells raw milk, eggs, meats and other items. The rugged old building housing the store is unattended, with a cash box where you make your own change on the honor system. Instead of change, some customers take a credit and use it on future visits. They even offer handmade gift certificates.

The Rustic Roost is an Airbnb in the loft of the barn next to the dairy store.

The Potluck - Partridge, Kansas
Sharon Springs, Kansas - Twenty First Century Bean is a farmer owned processing cooperative for dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, and lentils. The Sharon Springs facility includes a small retail store and offers free factory tours by appointment. Twenty First Century Bean - Sharon Springs, Kansas
Topeka, Kansas - Since 1947, C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats has lain across the railroad tracks in the Little Russia district of Topeka. Porubsky's has amazing horseradish pickles, superb chili in season, and big plump deli sandwiches. Meals are only served 11 AM - 2 PM, but the grocery is open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday (closes at 3 PM on Saturday). Not everyone likes the hot horseradish pickles, but those that do, love them and stock up whenever they visit. There is a gallon jar of the pickles in my refrigerator as I type this. C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats - Topeka Deli
Topeka, Kansas - Rees Fruit Farm and cider mill, near Topeka, Kansas, has been operated by the Rees family since 1901. They grow 24 different varieties of apples which are hand picked. Rather than select a combination of apples that they believe will produce the finest cider, they change the mix of apples through the season and Rees apple cider tastes different at different times through the season.

The Rees family grows asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, tomatoes, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, squash, peaches, nectarines, peaches, apples, grapes and pumpkins. They also distribute honey, preserves and baked goods.

Wichita, Kansas - Cero's Candies in was started by Pete Cero in 1885, and was still operated by the Cero family until just 1999. Until recently, Cero's Candies was owned by Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, but it is privately owned again.

Popular candies include caramels and chocolates peanut brittle, cherry cordials, chocolate popcorn and peanut clusters.

Cero's recently moved from Wichita's Old Town to a new location in the College Hill neighborhood at 3429 E. Douglas.

Cero's Candies - Wichita, Kansas
Williamsburg, Kansas - Pome on the Range Orchard and Winery near Williamsburg, Kansas has a country store which offers produce, fruits, cider, their own wine, products from Kansas producers such as, nuts, jams, and Alma Cheese. During the season, there is also pick your own vegetables and fruits. Just off I-35 at Exit 176 . Pome on the Range
Yoder, Kansas - This small farming community south of Hutchinson is largely made up of Mennonite and Amish families. Yoder Meats is best known for many unusual cuts and types of meats, but they also sell other locally produced Amish candies, cheese and baked goods. Open Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 8 PM - (800) 952-6328 Yoder Meats
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