Jacob E. Thomas, founder and owner of JET Produce And Meats, grew up on his parents’ farm outside Leavenworth in Northeast Kansas. At the age of 14 he asked his parents if he could plant a garden, so they plowed a portion of the yard and he began pursuing an interest in horticulture. Nine years later Jacob graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Horticulture and Animal Science. During summer break from college in 2012, Jacob founded JET Produce with the goal of producing high quality fruits and vegetables for Leavenworth and the surrounding area.
In 2014 JET Produce expanded into the meat market by offering high quality, USDA inspected, grain-finished Angus beef raised on his family’s farm. Cage-free chickens were also added to the farm to offer fresh eggs to customers. Newfound success brought about a new name, and in 2015 the name of the farm was changed from JET Produce to JET Produce And Meats to reflect the expansion into the meat market. 2015 also saw the introduction of lamb products to sales offerings. Lambs are raised on the family farm from sheep used to control weeds around the farm.
From the beginning, vegetables have been grown using environmentally friendly and sustainable practices that ensure only the freshest and best tasting product for consumers. As part of our goal to provide high quality fruits and vegetables to the residents of Leavenworth and the surrounding area, JET Produce and Meats routinely donates unsold produce to church food pantries in the community to help families in need.