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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...
Mike Suhr
Mike Suhr enjoys gardening and its bounty. He makes a lot of traditional canned items and likes to dabble with things he likes and figures others will like too. When you find Suhr at the Sparta Farmers Market you’ll find a variety of pickles and jellies to choose from. He has quite the selection....

Campers are shown at Pine View Campground at Fort McCoy. Pine View Campground is part of Pine View Recreation Area, which also includes Whitetail Ridge and Sportsman’s Range. The campground is nestled in a wooded area about a quarter mile west of Fort McCoy’s cantonment area and is bounded by Suukjak Sep Lake on the east and the La Crosse River on the west and south. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy)
In 2020, Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground successfully reopened to the public after several months of being closed due to the installation response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ended up having one of the best years ever seen at the area. For 2021, the campground reopened April 30 and officials...

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