Farm

Early 1900’s

Frank Pahl starts farming

1920

John Pahl, father of five, (2 boys, 3 girls) helps build the Long Meadow Lake bridge and moves next to it on the River bottoms in Bloomington, MN, not only did he farm down there but he also ran a campground.

1930

Leo Pahl ( Oldest of the five) takes over the family farm on the river bottoms in Bloomington

1933

Leo marries Myrtle and have 5 children – Wayne is the oldest, born in 1933-late 1933

1942

Leo (Oldest child of John) is shot and Paralyzed. Wayne takes over farming operations at age 9

1959

Wayne Pahl marries Joanne, have 5 children, Gary being the oldest, Brian one year behind Gary

1963

Wayne starts farming in Eagan, Burnsville and Apple Valley

1979

Wayne and Joanne Pahl purchase land in Apple Valley, MN

1980

Farm acres surpass 400

1982

Gary and Lynn Joyce (Pahl) start Pahl’s Market in the back of a semi selling vegetables during the summer and fall

1983

Brian becomes Gary’s partner, Lynn moves on to work for Northwest Airlines

1983

Built the 1st shed on the property to sell out of and put tractors in there for storage

1984

Start selling Christmas Trees

1987

Brian Pahl marries and has two boys, (89),(92)

1988

Gary Pahl marries Jane and have a girl(90) and a boy(92)

1988

Start selling annual flowers

1989

Bought our first portable greenhouse, 20’ x 60’, put it on the east side of the small market

1993

The Pahl Family says good bye to the Bloomington river bottoms and makes Apple Valley Home

1995

First permanent green house is built

1997

First Moss Basket days in March

1999

Wayne and Joanne Pahl were named Dakota County Farm Family of the year

1996-2004

At least one greenhouse was constructed every year

2000

Farm acres surpass 1000 acres

2009

Start putting up greenhouses on the east side of the property

2014

Started CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

2014

Jack Pahl officially enters the business as the sixth generation

2015

Major expansion on the east side with a state of the art greenhouse connecting the existing 5 houses

 

 

For 6 Generations, dating back to the early 1900’s, the Pahl family has been farming.  Pahl Farms started along the Minnesota River bottoms in Bloomington and eventually relocated to the Apple Valley area where our main farm still operates.  From generation to generation we have consistently grown the finest homegrown vegetables in Minnesota.  We sustainably farm a little over 1200 acres, approximately 800 acres in vegetables and 400 acres in soybeans and field corn.  At Pahl Farms, we know the importance of land and take great pride in our ability to take care of the land so that it provides for future generations to come.  Our Produce is picked fresh daily to ensure the highest quality, and sold fresh in season at our Farmers Market in Apple Valley.  We are the first and only Farmers Market with a unique Sweet Corn Drive Thru!  Normally our farm fresh produce season starts in mid-July and continues into October.  We specialize in sweet corn, cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, pumpkins and more. The majority of our fresh vegetables are sold wholesale and distributed primarily across the Midwest so everyone can enjoy the finest Minnesota Grown Vegetables in peak season.  We have shipped as far south as Texas, as far east as New York, as far west as Colorado and as far north as Alaska.  In recent years we have started a Pahl’s CSA Program.  This Community Supported Agriculture Program has brought a lot of education to our consumers.  We now get to share our passion of farming and see firsthand our crops go from our fields to your table. 

For more information on what we grow click on the vegetables below:

 

For additional information and wholesale requests, contact Gary Pahl at 952.431.4345 or e-mail Gary at gary@pahls.com .