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BY KRISTINE JEPSEN

ne step in the door of Polashek’s Locker in Protivin, Iowa, and it hits you: the heady aroma of the curing process, a swirl of sugary salt, chased by woodsmoke. This is a business that knows beef, pork, and venison nose to tail – and how to put it on the table year-round, from brats to bacon to snack sticks…even ready-to-heat omelet patties, which were crowned the 2019 Grand Champion Innovative Pork Product by the Iowa Pork Processors Association. First, it’s pronounced “Pol-AH-shek’s,” emphasis second syllable, “but almost everyone gets it wrong the first time,” says Adam Polashek with a chuckle. He and his brother Cory grew up in the family business, founded in this very Czech hamlet by their parents, Paul and Judy, in 1983.

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Driftless Food Guide 2019  

Getting the stories behind the people who grow, produce, and make our local food and beverages in the Driftless – that’s the mission behind...

Driftless Food Guide 2019  

Getting the stories behind the people who grow, produce, and make our local food and beverages in the Driftless – that’s the mission behind...