This photo gallery highlights milestones while capturing a historical prospective on the life of Central Coast farming.

History

 
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•Merrill Packing Company founded by T.R. Merrill

•Brands with the Merrill Farms, Frisco, Cheerio and Circle M labels are distributed

•T.R. Merrill purchases a large plot of land

•Grower's Ice is founded by T.R. Merrill, Gene Harden, Ken Nutting and Bruce Church

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•In addition to lettuce, Merrill Packing Company begins growing celery, sugar beets and carrots

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•Merrill Farms grows so large it became essential to split into two separate entities. Merrill Farms is created for the farming of produce and Merrill Packing became responsible for the cooling and packaging of crops

•Merrill Farms Inc is founded in 1954

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•Cardboard boxes and vacuum cooling revolutionizes the produce industry

•T.R. Merrill passes away and leaves ownership to his son (Tom) and daughter-in-law (Wilma)

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•Merrill Farms Inc. acquires 100% ownership of Grower's Ice

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•Merrill Farms Inc. doubles in production

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•Merrill Farms Inc. ceases distribution of Merrill Farms, Frisco, Cheerio and Circle M brands

•Merrill Farms Inc. departs from the crop production market

•Tom Merrill steps down as owner of Merrill Farms Inc.

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•Ross Merrill becomes President/CEO

•Merrill Farms LLC is founded and focused all its operations exclusively to growing

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