Business


Kathy and Tim Neubauer pose in front of one of their milk hauling trucks. Tim Neubauer Trucking LLC has been serving the community for 35 years. Photo by Rhonda Hess
Tim Neubauer has seen a lot over his 35 years in the milk-hauling business, but 2020 had unique challenges he thought he would never witness. The Sparta-based milk hauler averages about 50 loads a day and works for several different companies, with their largest being Foremost. Tim Neubauer...

Shirley McNey and samples of her beaded earrings and bracelets. Contributed photos
Shirley McNey has been making handmade Native American beadwork since she was a child. When you stop at her booth you will find bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and some hair accessories in traditional Native American colors and patterns. McNey's items are set apart from commercially-bought jewelry...

Natasha Everson, owner of Velvet Couch Candle Co., sells hand poured candles in small batches. Every soy candle has an original scent designed by Everson and is named after a song. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
For Natasha Everson, a Bangor native, the scents of her handmade candles can almost always invoke some pleasant memory or another. One of her favorite scents, Apple Cider Donut, takes her back to a time when she was a little girl, sitting in the kitchen of her grandpa’s farmhouse snacking on donut...

Adam and Gwen Lamb, owners of Wandering Sheep Beard Care, offer a unique and original beard balm that is eco-friendly and easy to use. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
The new, veteran-owned business Wandering Sheep Beard Care out of Tomah offers a solution to the classic, itchy beard syndrome that is locally sourced and all natural. According to owner Adam Lamb, the idea for his venture started in August of 2005 when he joined the United States Navy. Lamb, his...

The Sparta Wisconsin Farmers Market, located at Mueller Square in downtown Sparta, is set to open for the season this Saturday, May 8. Contributed photo.
The Sparta Wisconsin Farmers Market will be kicking off its market season this weekend on Saturday, May 8 at Mueller Square. The outdoor, open market supplies the community with fresh, locally grown produce, cut flowers, handmade craft items, pickles and jams, meat, eggs, fresh baked bread, body...

Jeff Paulson and his wife Son get ready for their next customers at the market. Herald photos by Rhonda Hess
The Tomah Farmers Market opened Saturday morning in Tomah’s Gillett Park with vendors offering everything from farm raised beef and pork to upcycled bird feeders and mushroom logs. One of the participants, Abby Wiedmeyer, used to write about life on the farm in a column for the Monroe County Herald...
The Gasner family includes Tony, Christin and children Gladden, Greta and Guthrie. Contributed photo
Whether it be through art, music, gardening, cooking, or, baking, Christin and Tony Gasner love to create. In 2020 the Gasner family decided to join the Sparta Farmers Market as vendors. They already loved the idea of self-sufficiency and using their garden to shape their own small, beautiful...
Pictured are shoppers enjoying a past Sparta Wine Walk. Fourteen businesses will be featured in this year’s event, which kicks off at 5 p.m. May 14. Contributed photo
The “Sparta Wine Walk” hosted by the Sparta Business Generator in partnership with the Sparta Lions Club will take place Friday May 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. in historic downtown Sparta. Fourteen businesses, featuring 20 different wines to sample, will welcome folks for an evening of shopping and fun....

Growing produce is a family affair for the Schillingers, Katie, Derrick and their daughter. Contributed photo
Katie Schillinger has been growing things for most of her life. “Growing up, we always had a large vegetable garden and big flower beds," Schillinger said. "My parents both worked in the ag industry for many years, and as a child I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farms so I’ve always been...

Richard Daniells recently opened his own greenhouse in Tomah. Cedar Gatherings is now open offering flowers, plants and gifts. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
As a kid Richard Daniells had no intention of taking up gardening as a hobby let alone a profession. Into adulthood, he by chance started and now he has opened his own greenhouse, Cedar Gatherings, located at the intersection of Hwy 131 and Gopher Rd in Tomah. About 30 years ago Daniells took a...

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