Central Plains

Consisting of the states in the Great Plains of the United States such as: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  The region’s major trade areas became areas for America’s first breweries that started the great beer industry before the decline during the Prohibition of 1920. After the ban ended, only 400 of the original breweries survived and were able to reopen for business.

With the expansion of the railroads, more land was developed in the Central Plains. Many cattle were herded out of Texas and settle to the vast grass lands of Central Plains’ towns. New breeds of cattle were developed that could withstand the hard conditions and fattened nicely on plains grasses as well as making them easier to ship east. Ranching became a booming business.

Major grain that came out of the Central Plains was Corn and Wheat which could be used for a vast majority of things like fuel, feed and byproducts. Popular meals include: Roasted Beet and Pickled Rhubarb Salad, Pork Medallions with Pears and Herbed Israeli Couscous, Sautéed Green Beans, Wisconsin Cheddar and Beer Soup, Morel Mushrooms with Spinach, Planked Whitefish with Green Onion Butter, and Molasses Cookies.

 

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