Some people work their whole lives and never find jobs they like, said Fritz Wyttenbach.
However, Wyttenbach and his wife, Ginny, have found jobs they love by raising Angus beef and pork on two family-owned farms. The meat is sold directly to customers at Wyttenbach Meats.
While the business was 10 years in the making, the experience of running a farm and raising beef began much earlier. Wyttenbach’s family moved to the farm when Fritz was 8 years old. He began raising beef as a Future Farmers of America project.
The store opened in April 2002. The meats and sausages produced by the Wyttenbachs have garnered numerous awards including the 2014 Wisconsin Association of Meat Processers first grand champion for their natural-casing wieners and smoked Polish sausage.
Fritz, 67, and Ginny, 65, have been married for 43 years. Their daughter, Andrea Gavol, does payroll bookkeeping, manages social media and helps with marketing. Son Mark manages the beef farm and is the liaison between the two family farms. Son Craig managed the business during the first five years and helps out when needed. Fritz’s brother, Jack Wyttenbach, owns the farm where the pork is raised.
“We like to say that we are one of the few meat markets that take our product from our family farm to your family table,” Jack said.
Three meat cutters and a sausage maker with a combined total of more than 100 years of experience work there. One full-time and eight part-time employees also work there. “We can’t say enough about the integral role our employees play in our business,” Fritz said.
Customers shop from a 24-foot fresh meat case. All of the smoked meats and sausages are made in-house.
Custom beef and pork processing is offered, and beef can be purchased in whole, half and quarter sections. Pork is available in whole or half sections, and whole chickens also are available.
The Wyttenbachs enjoy coming up with new products including their trademarked Strawsage, a hollow beef stick that can be used as a straw, which are recommended for use in drinking Bloody Marys. Their specialty bacon bites are often sampled in the shop on Saturdays.
Wyttenbach Meats was the first meat market in Wisconsin to be approved for the Cooperative Interstate Shipping Agreement, which means they are able to ship approved products over state lines without being federally inspected.