Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
Interview with John Bobek
Trembling Prairie Farms is a unique potato and vegetable operation, with farms in Wisconsin and Montana. John and Connie Bobek are natives of Indiana. John came to Wisconsin in 1989 with the intention of growing mint crops. After raising mint for one year, the Bobeks decided to raise red potatoes as well and the operation continued to expand.
By the mid-1990s, Trembling Prairie Farms was raising mint, potatoes and onions. By the mid-2000s, the Bobeks got out of mint farming and decided to raise their own seed potatoes, so they purchased a 200-acre farm in Montana, raising seed potatoes along with onions. They have since purchased more farmland in Montana and now raise seed potatoes along with corn, alfalfa, pinto beans and wheat on 525 acres. In Wisconsin, the farm consists of 180 acres of potatoes, 160 acres of yellow onions, 20 acres of red onions and a few acres of celery. They also lease out 150 acres of corn and soybeans.