Lisa Erickson, an Osceola resident and co-author of a forthcoming book about cheese, had imagined a Wisconsin-centered cheese shop where the former public library stands.


An offer on the former library property accepted by the Village of Osceola earlier this month was no longer valid, according to the offer maker, Lisa Erickson.

Erickson extended the bid last November and said it had since expired. 

Co-author of a forthcoming book about cheese, “Postcards from the Wedge,” she had imagined a Wisconsin-centered cheese shop in the location.

“There would have been a cheese bar where you could get cheese curds or grilled cheese,” she explained. “I would’ve loved to have beer and wine, and there would have been a market area where people could buy cheese.”

She compared her vision to Madison-based artisanal cheese shop Fromagination and Magnolia Market in Texas.

However, in the months between the offer’s extension and the village’s acceptance, Erickson committed to becoming the manager at Crystal Ball Farms. The Osceola dairy farm is recovering from a barn fire last year. They hope to start selling milk in June, noted Erickson.  

“I made a commitment to the DeRosiers after not hearing from the village,” she said. “It’s very complicated, but either way I love being here and the idea of really digging in and making a positive difference in the community.”

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