Family uses gifts to create business to help others

Heritage Acres produce boxes in Drive-thru Market
Published: Aug. 2, 2020 at 3:31 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Chris and Paula Sandberg family knows all about caring for others. The started out caring for each other, and then were blessed with ten children to care for. And now, they are using their skills to help their neighbors.

Paula is talking about the business she and husband Chris have been evolving. They sell artisan beef in 30-pound boxes. But they raise a special herd of cattle, hand finished in small groups, and each season, they sell out of their beef long ahead of schedule. Their boxes for September are all spoken for, and ordering for beef boxes does not happen again until February 2021. They are steadily increasing production, but they are set on caring for the land as much as they care for the cattle who graze on it. Paula says her cows are happy.

And so, the Sandberg’s plan evolved. They thought about their chickens and all their eggs, and they thought about their fellow producers with special produce, and the Produce Box at and the Drive-thru Market was born.

Chris and Paula work closely with other producers. They provide the business model and website, and the box delivery, and the eggs.

And by new things added to the produce boxes, Paula invites producers - or moms at home who want to get involved selling a quality product - to contact her to pitch their wares. She said maybe a couple loaves of homemade bread would be added to the website for order. And she said as the beef boxes are put together, she may have some cuts that don’t go into the beef boxes that she may list for sale as well. She admits it is a new concept, and she just wants to help others.

And the Sandberg children are learning a lot from their parents. Olivia is her dad’s helper when he goes out and cares for the cattle. Aimee is the “chicken whisperer.” She is fond of the chickens the most, but admits part of it is just because she likes eating eggs. And Alaina cares for the family’s pet goats. She is hoping to get milk soon from Gretel and add to the family business.

You can get your own custom produce box by signing up at

The Sandbergs deliver to McCook once a week on Tuesdays. You can only order Friday through Sunday to guarantee availability and freshness of products. Chris and Paula say you will not be disappointed.

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