Wisconsin grower-shipper celebrates 50th anniversary

Alsum Farms & Produce, a fresh market grower, packer and shipper of Wisconsin Healthy Grown® potatoes, pumpkins, onions and wholesaler of fresh, quality produce, celebrated 50 years in business on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 in Friesland, WI.

The two-day 50th-anniversary celebration welcomed more than 600 community enthusiasts, grower partners, customers and industry friends. As part of the company’s celebration, the 6th Annual Tater Trot 5k run/walk hosted a record 140 runners and walkers raising a record $14,000 to benefit seven Wisconsin FFA Chapters.

A record 140 runners and walkers turned out for the 6th Annual Tater Trot 5k.

“We were elated to host the event to help support local FFA Chapters and provide a unique opportunity to learn about the nutritional and economic benefits of Wisconsin potatoes,” says Alsum’s Nikki Jedlowski, Tater Trot 5k event coordinator.

The 5k’s top three men’s and women’s individuals in the 17 years and under and 18 years and + categories with finish times were:

Men's (17 years and under)

  1. Mason Dobb 19:19
  2. Owen Hemling 21:27
  3. Hoyt Helmer 23:08

Men's (18 years and +)

  1. Colin Smith 17:11
  2. Lucas Miller 18:34
  3. Corey Splittgerber 20:40

Women's (17 years and under)

  1. Jena Norenberg 23:34
  2. Rayna Helmer 24:37
  3. Meika Meinholdt 25:55

Women's (18 years and +)

  1. Carriann Laubenstein 22:57
  2. Katy Schultz 24:37
  3. Jessica Smith 25:07

The anniversary community celebration on Saturday, August 12 kicked off with the family run and two-mile walk. Guests shopped the farm fresh produce market, strolled through vendor and educational booths held by local FFA chapters, and enjoyed a brat and a Pepsi from the 95.3 WBEV Beaver Dam radio station at the Friesland-based location.

Left: Wendy Alsum Dykstra, Heidi Alsum Randall, Lois and Larry Alsum--the Alsum family with founder Glenn Alsum's mother; right: Wisconsin potato & vegetable grower mascot, Spudly.

After that, the Alsum family led a short program of reflection to recognize founder Glenn Alsum’s family as well as growers and industry partners who have been integral in the company’s success. Then, farmer Larry Alsum led a coach bus tour of the Alsum potato and pumpkin farms in Grand Marsh, Wisconsin.

The year-long 50th-anniversary theme “Growing Goodness” speaks to how the company has enriched the lives of associates, customers and consumers over the past five decades.

For more information:
Christine Lindner
Alsum Farms & Produce
Tel: +1 (920) 348-6774

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