Early 1900’s

Frank Pahl starts farming


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.


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


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


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


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


Wayne starts farming in Eagan, Burnsville and Apple Valley


Wayne and Joanne Pahl purchase land in Apple Valley, MN


Farm acres surpass 400


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


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


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


Start selling Christmas Trees


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


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


Start selling annual flowers


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


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


First permanent green house is built


First Moss Basket days in March


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


At least one greenhouse was constructed every year


Farm acres surpass 1000 acres


Start putting up greenhouses on the east side of the property


Started CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)


Jack Pahl officially enters the business as the sixth generation


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 .

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