Parker Farms is poised for growth with a 25 percent increase in the size of our now fully solar powered packing and cold storage facilities allowing us to offer new pouch and tray pack options.
As Parker Farms continues to grow and expand, we remain dedicated to taking important steps which will guarantee viable and practical business solutions. Our packing and cold storage facility is now 90% solar powered and this energy saving option has great value for our community and environment as it will minimize our carbon imprint.
Parker Farms partners with select organic growers on the east coast and also develops the Parker Farms Organic label. Currently Old Dominion Organic Farm in Dundas, Virginia is our predominant organic grower.
Parker Farms purchases warehouse/packing house property from the state of Virginia and major renovations begin -- expanding our Oak Grove headquarters.
Parker Farms and L&M Companies partner to form Atlantic Fresh which increases production and rebrand. Each company has 20 years of experience growing broccoli and by joining forces they offer a reliable, high quality, year-round source of broccoli. Atlantic Fresh currently grows on 14 farms including Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The "harvest one day, deliver the next" philosophy rolled out a fresh brand design with a playful logo which nods its connection to all our Atlantic coast growers. Visit Atlantic Fresh website at http://AtlanticFreshProduce.com
Headquartered in Oak Grove, VA the facilities inspect, process and ship the freshest grown produce to major retailers and wholesalers. Pictured here are the 3rd generation of transitional management. Pictured: Jimmy Carter at left (sales), Rafe Parker at center (production) and Joe Parker at right (finance), as well as the family that love and support the Parker Farms endeavor.
By 1998 through extraordinary hard work and dedication by the employees, the produce comes from 3,000 acres of production from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
The next big leap was to 500 acres of produce. In Clinton, MD they built a facility for packaging and cooling. Additionally, a farm in South Carolina was purchased and the migration and expansion into the south begins.
The wholesale business continued to expand and multiple at the same time the market place would see a change in the demand for a “Pick Your Own” environment. Retail sales were quickly king of the business and growing everyday.
Farmers Market, wholesale and local chains stores thriving was still not enough of a supply chain for the market place. This year opened the opportunity to allow a doubling of the “Pick Your Own” farm. Growing from 150 up to a whopping 300 acres of farming. How quickly this operation had become one of the largest “Pick Your Own” farms on the East Coast.
As Farmers Markets grew and spread in popularity, demand for local produce grew. The business then started to spread its reaches into the local chain stores and the wholesale business to meet demands.
As popularity increased for the “Pick Your Own” operation, the farm expanded it’s efforts to 150 acres. People came from all over to take part in the “Pick Your Own” vegetables and berries opportunity. Roadside marketing launched at the same time and sales at the Farmers Market.
Beginning with two acres of vegetables and berries in Clinton, MD, Admiral Edelen Parker and his sons, Rhoderick and Christopher launched their "Pick Your Own" operation.