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1023 16th Ave.

(608) 325-6157

Emil Baumgartner opened his business in 1931 with the original aim of selling cheesemaking equipment to the several hundred factories in Wisconsin’s Green County. When the Depression hit, many factories were unable to pay in cash, so they paid in cheese instead. Baumgartner’s, in turn, began selling cheese,  sandwiches, and beer.​ Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern is Wisconsin's oldest cheese store.

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