Family & Farm

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Continuing in the footsteps of the original owners, Uncle Dean's proudly remains family owned and independently operated.  No big corporation here.  Jim and Katie see the store as an amazing blessing and privilege, and hope to steward and guide it well into the future, building upon the solid foundation the Bureaus provided.  Along with their children, they want to continue to grow Uncle Dean's into a destination for the discriminating food shopper, all the while offering excellent customer service, value and that old fashioned country store experience.  We love getting to know our customers.  We may not know your name yet but we hope to have the opportunity.  Come on in and say "hi".   

We want Uncle Dean’s to become an even bigger part of the community in terms of providing great food and products but, also, in terms of serving and giving back. To whom much is given, much is expected...
— Katie, Co-Owner
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost

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The family has often taken the road less traveled. "We have a tendency to step off the beaten path. We aren't afraid to try new things and hope we have instilled that in our children. Years ago, when we hosted a group of Ugandan orphans and later traveled to Ethiopia to meet and bring home two of our sons, we were struck by how much joy could be found in people and places that had so little, materially speaking. We had been feeling led to more fully embrace the simpler things in life, too, and were all the more convinced once we returned from Africa. Not long after, we decided to sell our house in a suburb of Chicago and move to St. Louis to set up a little farm... or as Jim likes to say, our petting zoo. (Is it normal to name all your chickens?) Friends and family thought we had lost our minds!  Well, maybe....... We do know, however, that we have thoroughly enjoyed the adventure . And we look forward to continuing the journey at Uncle Dean's."