Potatoes, onions and more.

History

It all began with a few Wisconsin potatoes and onions.

Ours is a good, old American success story. A one-person operation started in 1973 by Glen Alsum who bought 50- and 100-pound bags of Wisconsin potatoes and onions, repackaged them into smaller 5-, 10- and 15-pound bags and sold them to local grocers. And he did it all in a tiny 20’ x 30’ shed.

Well, Glen was an ambitious man. His small shed soon became a 4,000 square foot warehouse filled with Wisconsin potatoes and onions. By 1979, he was offering other fruits and veggies to local grocers as well.

After Glen’s tragic death in February 1981, his cousin Larry Alsum became general manager and owner. Larry — who grew up on a family-owned dairy farm and went to college to become a CPA —  began to grow Wisconsin potatoes and onions. By 1992, he had 750 acres under his belt.

Today, he’s responsible for 2,200 acres. And, as a certified Healthy Grown® grower, he farms every acre in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner. Today, Alsum Farms & Produce is still headquartered mere feet away from that original 20’ x 30’ packing shed of Glen’s. With over 345,000 square feet of production and warehouse facilities and an average of 125 full-time employees, Alsum Farms & Produce is a national distributor of Wisconsin potatoes and onions, and Great Lakes region year-round distributor of over 300 kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which are locally grown in season.

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