In 2015, Nate and Stacey Freitag started Free Day Popcorn Company to provide consumers with the freshest popcorn available. The company name comes from the Freitags' last name. Freitag in German is Friday or literally, "frei" = "free" and "tag" = "day".
Free Day Popcorn is based in Belleville, Kansas, and is grown just north of the border in rural Byron, Nebraska. Their popcorn is grown on a farm that's been in Nate's family for generations. After sampling some of the popcorn that Nate's father grew, they fell in love with how fresh the popcorn was from the field compared to what you typically buy in the grocery store.
Early 2015, Nate researched high quality popcorn seed and rented a couple acres from his parents' farm in rural Byron, Nebraska. This fledgling new venture has become a labor of love for the Freitags.
Unlike commercial processors who may store popcorn for up 18 months before it reaches the package, we only sell the current year's harvest. We guarantee that it's the freshest popcorn you can buy - we print the harvest date on each bag.
Fresher popcorn means the popcorn pops more consistently. There are fewer unpopped kernels resulting in less waste. Fresh popcorn is light and crisp and has fewer hulls. Our customers have said it's the best popcorn they've tasted, even without the yummy popcorn toppings.
We've found that people appreciate knowing where their food comes from and having a relationship directly with the farmer that grew it.
In addition to farming, Nate teaches high school online for Insight School of Kansas, K12, Inc. He earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, and completed his undergraduate studies in Citizenship Education at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. He taught social studies at Huntingdon Area High School for over six years prior to moving back to the Midwest.
Stacey is a work-at-home mom, caring for the couple's three daughters. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Communication from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. Prior to relocating to the Midwest, she worked as a Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, PA, for five years, and as a Marketing Coordinator for both an engineering firm and a start up wound care company. In her spare time, she serves as a co-coordinator for her local Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group.