Thomas Russell Merrill, known as T.R., founded Merrill Farms in 1933.
Arial view of Union Ice String, West market Street, Salinas
Merrill Packing Company began in 1933
Ice Injection method used for cooling produce.
Vacuum cooling played a major role in quality control and allowed produce to be packed directly in the field.
T.R. and others inspecting crops in the field.
Interior view of Lettuce Farm Packing Plant. Employees graded and packaged lettuce.
A lettuce farm train en route to a packing shed.