Producer Profile Archives
Meadowbrook Farms is a fourth generation family owned small business with deep roots in agriculture and community. In 1888, the family started the J.C. Robinson Seed Company in Waterloo, Nebraska. The business started as a wholesale grower of open-pollinated dent, sweet, and flint corn. It later became the world’s largest grower of vine seeds, including cucumber, melon, squash, pumpkin, and gourd seeds. During the 1930s, the company spun off its vine seed business, focusing on hybrid corn seed production and forming the J.C. Robinson seed company. The family has since sold the seed company but continues to be active in farming and agriculture. In 2011, the Robinson family went back to their roots and started Meadowbrook Farms growing fresh vegetables for local market. Today, Meadowbrook Farm’s focus is to provide high quality, fresh produce with the best taste. Varieties are selected for taste rather than yield or shipping characteristics. We sell our produce at roadside stands and farmers’ markets. Visit us at www.mbfbesttaste.com
Pekarek's Produce is owned and operated by Ryan and Katie Pekarek and their children near Dwight, Nebraska. Ryan began producing vegetables for a single farmer's market in 2004. Currently, their wide variety of crops are sold at three farmer's markets. Products are also sold to local schools through a large CSA program and to an area grocery store chain. Crops are harvested from May to late November and sales continue until early January with winter storage crops such as potatoes. The operation is trying to keep up with demand by increasing production through the utilizing of more acres, better production techniques, and efficient time management. Ryan and Katie have purchased a part of the home farm to run and grow their operation. To learn more about this operation, please visit www.pekareksproduce.com.
Tomato Acres is a small family-owned business which began in 1990 and is owned by Terry and Kathy Labs of Elm Creek. The primary crop for the business is tomatoes, which are grown and vine ripened in the soil, but raised in a greenhouse. Tomato Acres currently has four greenhouses and a large garden area spanning more than three acres. In addition to tomatoes, Tomato Acres offers a variety of garden vegetables throughout the season and can be found at the Lincoln Haymarket Farmers’ Market in Lincoln on Saturday mornings and the Kearney Area Farmers’ Market in Kearney on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Grandsons, Spencer and Brandon Nuhfer, raise annual flowers, which are also sold at the farmers’ markets.
Daniels Produce is owned and operated by Andy and Tannie Daniels. Once conventional corn and bean farmers, Andy and Tannie diversified into fresh market vegetables in the 1980's to supplement their income during some trying flood years. As the popularity for their products began to grow locally they began to expand their acres of vegetables. They now raise close to 800 acres of produce, most of which is sweet corn, that is sold around Nebraska and the surrounding Midwestern states. They are now joined by two of their children, Jason and Kelly, who have come back to the farm to help with the family business.