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Marvin Dziuk

Originally from Poth, Texas, Marvin Dziuk moved to Castroville in 1974 at the age of eighteen to manage Dziuk’s Meat Market, the latest branch of the family business. In its heyday in the 1980s, the company included three retail locations across south-central Texas and a slaughterhouse in Poth. Upon his father’s retirement, Dziuk became sole owner of the Castroville location and currently operates it as a family business with his wife and daughter. Dziuk’s Meat Market is known as one of the few establishments in Texas that makes and sells fresh Alsatian-style sausage, using ingredients from recipes that the pioneer families of Castroville brought with them when they arrived in Texas in the 1840s. The market is also a popular stop for deer hunters on their way to and from south and west Texas hunting leases.

Date of interview:
2007-06-18 00:00

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