Pioneer garden

Elmhurst Garden Faire

My mom and I had a wonderful time at the Elmhurst Garden Faire this year.  Pioneer was welcomed with open arms.  I am still constantly amazed by the loyalty of our nearby communities and by our customers who have been shopping at Pioneer for years.

I wanted to share some pictures from the beautiful day--weather reports turned out wrong and it was sunny and gorgeous.  Of course if you see anything you like...we have more at the store!

  

The Big Day

We are pleased to announce new ownership at Pioneer Garden and Feed!  

My husband, Tony, and I are really looking forward to sharing our dream business with you.

Besides living in and being active members of the Villa Park community for 17 years, we are avid gardeners and nature lovers.  We preserve food, love to grow plants with our boys, enjoy birdwatching (and feeding!) and are really looking forward to serving you, our customers.

Bill Karges, our staff botanist known to gardeners across the area, will remain a dedicated employee, and is there to answer any question you can think of about your lawn or garden.

Please feel free to stop in and say hi.  To Pioneer's long time customers...we look forward to getting to know you.  And new customers...you have never been in a store quite like this.  Old time charm with up-to-date knowledge on all things gardening--you'll want to stay a while.

--Angie & Tony Rojek

The Rojek family

The Rojek family

Bill Karges will help gardeners of any age!  Here he gives some Pioneer history to a local Girl Scout troop.

Bill Karges will help gardeners of any age!  Here he gives some Pioneer history to a local Girl Scout troop.



Why Plant a Garden?

Good exercise.

Nothing beats the taste of homegrown vegetables.

It’s pretty.  (You can put flowers in your food garden too–the veggies will like the beneficial insects)

Caprese salad!

Kids should know where food comes from.  We all should.

Cheaper than yoga class.

Environmentally sustainable.

Knowing exactly what is sprayed on your food.

Economical.

Enourages variety.  You’ll want to try new recipes with your bounty.

Fun to share with other gardeners.

Fresh pesto!

Creative and artistic expression.

Pulling weeds relieves stress.

Self-sufficiency.

Homemade pickles!

Learning to preserve food is fun.

Composting.

Donating extra to food banks or soup kitchens.

Rosemary on new potatoes!

Learning about history.  (Heirlooms are fascinating).

Making new friends. People love to talk about their gardens.

Learning what to do.....and what not to do.  (Be sure to thin out those carrot seedlings!)

Learning what to do.....and what not to do.  (Be sure to thin out those carrot seedlings!)