Al Lopata and his daughters farm Lopata Gardens in Northeast Iowa. The operation consists of 400 acres, all for vegetables. His land is bordered by the Wapsi River, providing a fertile growing area with light, sandy loam soil. This soil is ideal for cabbage, sweet corn, cucumbers, summer and fall squash, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins, and other fall seasonal items.
From an early age, Al and his brother helped their father with the planting, growing, harvesting & distribution of the crops, to both small markets and produce stands. Al has carried on the family business and is continually expanding the farming operation. His Iowa-grown produce can be found in area grocery stores, restaurants and is distributed by Loffredo Fresh Produce.
Deardorff Sweet Corn, located in central Iowa, is family owned and operated by Ron and Becky Deardorff along with their Son, Matt Deardorff. When the business started over 30 years ago, the Deardorff children helped pick and sell the corn. Today, the Deardorffs employ approximately 50-55 people ranging from pickers in the field to delivery drivers.
Customers around the Adel and Des Moines area get some of the freshest sweet corn available. It is hand-picked in the morning and delivered that afternoon, seven days a week. The Deardorffs take great pride in the corn they grow. Ron is very selective in the hybrids he plants to ensure the sweetest, most tender and best-sized product. He grows 21 separate plantings in order to have a steady supply of fresh sweet corn from July to September.
Johnson Family Farm was established in 1993 in Hatfield, Missouri by Dave and Debbie Johnson and their 8 children. Their farm is their passion because they get to work together as a family, and they get to provide, fresh, healthy, high-quality products that are enjoyed by so many.
Johnson Family Farm is packed full of fresh herbs grown in the fields and 20 greenhouses. They specialize in growing chemical free culinary herbs.