Pahl’s is a family-owned and operated business that was established in the early 1900’s. We are a fifth generation family farm that started in the river bottoms of Bloomington, Minnesota. In the late 1970’s we began to move the farm south of the river, right next to the city of Lakeville, in Apple Valley Minnesota. We started selling homegrown produce out of the back of a truck.
In the early 1980’s a pole building was constructed and Pahl’s Market was established. We started out specializing in fresh homegrown produce. In 1996 the first greenhouse was built.
Pahl Farms sows over 1,000 acres of produce in our fields. All produce is sustainably grown with minimal pesticide use and is USDA Harmonized GAP Food Safety certified. Click here to read more about our sustainable agriculture practices. Crops are harvested daily to ensure freshness.
We are probably best known for our sweet corn, which we grow 13 different varieties of each year. However, we feature a variety of homegrown vegetables including our very own tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, dill, and more. We have pumpkins in all different shapes and sizes and several varieties of homegrown squash. Our produce season begins in late June or early July and continues into the Fall.
About the Farmers
Gary and Brian Pahl
Gary drove his first tractor at 3 years old. His mom and dad put him behind the wheel and told him to drive straight and he has been farming ever since. He is a fifth generation farmer, a steward of the land, with over 50 years of farming history and strong ties to the community. He holds it all together thanks to his lovely bride, Jane Pahl.
Brian has also been farming his whole life along with his brother and Dad for a total of 5 generations. His favorite part of farming is seeing the crops grow to maturity. The best time of the day for Brian is getting up before the sun rises and preparing for the day’s challenges that lay ahead.
Jack is the sixth generation of Pahl Farms, son of Gary Pahl. His first farming experiences came at an early age, sitting on his Dad’s lap steering the tractor and trying to keep the rows straight while Gary took cat naps in between turning the tractor around. At age twelve Jack got his first taste of what hard work was all about; hoeing, weeding and making boxes in the summer months. Jack graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Horticulture and is excited to continue in the family business. His favorite thing about farming is the satisfaction of seeing the crops go from seed to harvest and all the chaos and hard work that goes into it each and every day.
Cole started out working on his Grandpa’s dairy farm as a young boy. Farming is in his blood, and he started his own vegetable garden in his backyard when he was 11 years old. Cole started at Pahl’s in July of 2008 when he was 15, hoeing pumpkins and working the fields. He bought his first tractor in November 2009 and now owns 4 tractors! Cole’s favorite thing about being a farmer is having a connection to the land and the journey from a tiny seed to a bountiful harvest.
All CSA members will be getting weekly updates from Cole about what to expect in their share boxes, how the crops are doing and what kind of successes and challenges the past week presented.