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John and Janet Marek established their suburban homestead on a half-acre lot in the Wynfield Creek neighborhood in 1995, and have continued their pursuit of a simple, authentic life there ever since. In 2014, John became a certified Square Foot Gardening instructor and frequently offers talks and demonstrations on the subject. At the homestead, he maintains a potager (kitchen garden) of Square Foot beds which produce bountiful crops of lettuce, carrots, beans, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, spinach, radishes and kale.
The Mareks also plant a larger market garden on a rural site near the homestead from which they offer "Heirloom Produce from Our Garden to Your Table" at local farmers' markets. See the EVENTS page for a listing of locations, dates and times. The Mareks are committed to growing authentic, healthy food in a sustainable, safe and eco-friendly way. All their produce is grown naturally from non-GMO seeds without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
The Mareks work hard to select and grow great tasting vegetable varieties. Focusing on heirlooms allows them to grow vegetables with tremendous flavor. Typically, heirlooms are not found in the supermarket because they do not store or travel well. Wynfield Creek Homestead uses CSA-style pricing in which boxes of mixed produce representing the day's harvest are sold at a fixed price point.
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