Locally Grown

Breitbach’s Mid-Week Market & Food Store

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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