A labor of family love

    Before Jim Oppermann met his wife, Mary Sue, he had never stepped foot on a farm.

    Now, after 34 years of marriage, the senior vice president for finance and management services at Alverno College in Milwaukee spends many of his summer mornings and weekends on a farm near Madison growing and harvesting sweet corn.

    With Mary Sue, their two sons, daughter-in-laws, daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law, Oppermann runs Stoneman Sweet Corn, a business rooted in family tradition.

    “It’s really a family thing and it’s great family time, but it’s a lot, a lot of work,” Oppermann said.

    The business is based at the Stoneman Family Farm, a 150-acre plot of land in Fitchburg that Mary Sue’s grandparents bought in 1918.

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