Serving Up Hotdish in North Dakota
Nick Pyle’s ancestors uprooted their families from Canada move to Casselton, about 20 miles west from Fargo in eastern North Dakota. Other ancestors relocated from Illinois to North Dakota, the land of opportunity. Six generations later, the Pyle’s are still proud to call this area home.
“We’re blessed to have a rich heritage here that steeped in tradition,” says Nick, who lives with his wife, Brandy, and their four children in the farmhouse that members of his family have called home since 1903. “Even after my working years are through, this place will be special because it holds so much history.”
A love of history and respect for his family and their rural way of life is what led Nick to return to his prairie roots. He and his cousin Brad are partners a family-owned seed business that was started by their grandfather, Donald McIntyre.
Years later McIntyre-Pyle Seeds, Inc. was formed through a partnership between Donald, his wife Lily; their two children, Duane and Marlyce; and their children’s spouses, Paula and Harvey Pyle. Then in 1990, a business opportunity with another local seed company led to the formation of Unity Seed Company.
"Our mission is to provide our customers with the best quality seed available," says Nick. "We want to help farms survive and prosper. Because we're a family-owned company serving family farmers, we believe strongly in partnering with family-owned entities. That's why we're excited about our new partnership with Latham Hi-Tech Seeds."
Because family and community are so important to the families here – and to this region – it’s only fitting for the Pyles to share a recipe for hotdish, which is commonly served in North Dakota at family reunions, potlucks and church gatherings.