Potato Grower

September 2019

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I n the early 19th century, German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm made a name for themselves by putting pen to paper to create heroes who utilized a mix of courage, magic and good luck to rid the world of evils like impenetrable towers, wicked stepmothers, and gingerbread-house-dwelling witches. You know, the standard fare, stuff the people could easily relate to. A century and a half later, across an ocean and a continent, another pair of Brothers Grimm took a different approach to chasing happy endings. Rather than looking at the world as full of evils to be conquered, California natives Rod and Bob Grimm looked around them and saw an abundance of natural resources on which they felt they could improve. The brothers operated a successful roadside produce stand near Anaheim 14 POTATO GROWER | SEPTEMBER 2019 throughout the 1960s, with sweet corn being their biggest moneymaker. Banking on that success, they incorporated their business in 1969. In 1981, with the farming operation continuing to grow, they moved the company to the fertile region of southern California's Kern County. Through a long series of shrewd business and agronomic decisions, Grimmway Farms, as the company was now known, had become a bit of a heavy hitter in the produce industry. In 1990, the Grimms, in an uncanny anticipation of market trends, were among the first producers on the baby carrot train. The GROWER OF THE MONTH By Tyrell Marchant Photos courtesy Grimmway Farms Grimm Future Cal-Organic Farms, a division of Grimmway Farms

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