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Profiles In Black: Hickman's Farm

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By James Shanklin –

Since 1998 Hickman’s Farm & Kresmore Produce Distribution, has been serving fresh vegetables to customers.

Every Saturday, George Hickman’s various types of produce that range from black eyed peas, greens and okra, can be purchased at the Farmer’s Market in Glendale and Los Angeles.

Growing up on a farm in Louisiana, and spending 22 years in the Air Force and working in military departments, George took his knowledge of farms from his childhood, his people skills from the military and stapled them to the pride he would put into creating his business.

When George started his business in 1998, he had 23 years of solo farming experience already under his belt, but even he was surprised by the demand for fresh vegetables when he began distributing in  2000. His biggest sellers were okra, black eyed peas and greens.

“Many people have been migrating from the south, which has caused the demand for southern vegetables like black eyed peas,” said George’s wife, Helen Hickman.

When selling a product that can also be purchased in many grocery stores, George does believe a lot of his success comes from the freshness of his vegetables. He grows his vegetables during the season they are at their most fresh.

Summertime is for corns, peas, okra, and his wintertime special is his greens.

“Customers can see that my vegetables are not dried up. I don’t use any chemicals in my vegetables, they are fresh. The vegetables in stores are loaded with chemicals,” George said.

At this moment, when a recession can have some business peoples on their heels everyday, Hickman and his wife are very content with the way business is going right now.

“Everything is running smooth. I’m happy with the way things are going,” said George.

And George’s wife is just happy that George is able to keep his hands in a business that he grew up knowing and was interested with.

“He grew up on a farm and had gardens everywhere he lived. He knows it so well. It gives him something to do he enjoys,” said Helen Hickman.


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