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Breitbach’s Mid-Week Market & Food Store

Mike Breitbach’s Mid-Week Market includes Jubeck New World Brewing and Breitbach’s Food Store. Photo contributed by Gina Siegert.

by Sandra Evans

In 1980, when Mike Breitbach moved back to Dubuque, he lived in a tepee and grew organic vegetables that he sold at Dubuque Farmers’ Market. While he no longer resides in a tepee, vegetables and other foods (all organic) remain central to his life and mission, which he carries out at Breitbach’s Farmers’ Market Food Store and throughout the community.

Very much a Renaissance man – a Bohemian version of one anyway – Mike’s talents have enabled him to enjoy a plethora of experiences and jobs throughout his life: anthropology degree, political activist, Four Mounds manager, musician, Arboretum caretaker, and even a television production manager. In fact, his time at Channel 40 led to his cooking career.

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