Joe Zywiec

Joe Zywiec of Cottage Grove, Minnesota grew up on a farm and worked his way through college where he earned a teaching degree. After teaching for five years, Joe returned to the farm where he resumed taking lessons from the land.

“We don’t cut any corners,” Joe says. We’re really proud of the consistent quality we achieve here, the variety of ways we plant, our fertilization program and the way we handle our vegetables—down to how they’re boxed, bagged and sorted.”

Joe, who has four adult children—some of whom work on the farm—loves the fact that as a farmer, every year brings something new. “Growing vegetables is a lot like growing kids. You can’t just leave them on their own. They need care and nurturing. Watching seeds grow up into healthy produce is incredibly satisfying.”