Farming came second nature to the 2013 Poteet Strawberry Grower of the Year, Kyle Mikolajczyk. His father, Emmett Mikolajczyk Sr., farmed the same soil off Zigmond Road just outside of Poteet for many years as did his grandfather Felix Mikolajczyk and great grandfather Alex Zigmond. The selection is sponsored by the Poteet Rotary Club.
Kyle now keeps his crop to under an acre since his real job as Assistant Director of Maintenance for San Antonio Independent School District comes first.
“Getting home in the afternoon doesn’t give much time to pick the berries, though we do have some help,” stated Mikolajczyk.
The neat rows in the patch near their home produce Seascape and Albion strawberries. He has been growing his own strawberries since 1992.
In 2007, his Seascape variety berries placed 2nd at the Poteet Strawberry Festival.
Kyle is a 1985 graduate of Poteet High School and has been married to Laura Veteto Mikolajczyk (Poteet Elementary Assistant Principal) for 25 years. They have two children – a daughter, Samantha, who is a senior at Poteet High School and a son, Ross, who is in 7th grade at Poteet Jr. High.