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Family Farming

Family Farming Since 1933

In 1914 George Pappas immigrated from the ancient Greek city of Plataea to the United States and made his way West while working on the railroad. In the 1920's he opened a small grocery store on Market Street in San Francisco where, including other items, he sold cantaloupes. In 1933, along with family and friends, he started farming several varieties of melons and other crops in the small town of Mendota, California – the “Cantaloupe Capital of the World.” In 1949 George’s brother Philon Pappas immigrated to the United States to help with the growing family business.

Today, Philon's son and third-generation farmer, George Pappas continues the family farming tradition. Over the years, Pappas Family Farms has evolved from an old-fashioned wood crate packing shed into a state-of-the-art cold storage, packaging and shipping facility located on the original farm. Our advanced facility allows Pappas Family Farms to harvest, cool, pack and ship fresh produce to distributors and customers safely, quickly and efficiently.

Philon and George Pappas
In 1914 George Pappas came to America from the ancient city of Plataea, Greece and made his way West while working on the railroad.
In 1933 George Pappas, along with family and friends, started farming cantaloupes and other melons in Mendota, California.
In 1971 we built a carton packing facility to replace the wood-crate shed.
Today, Philon's son George Pappas and his 3 daughters; Serena, Arianna and Zoe continue the family farming tradition.
In the 1920's, before he started farming, George Pappas owned a store on Market Street in San Francisco.
George's brother Philon Pappas came to the United States in 1949 and dedicated over 63 years to the family business before he passed away in 2012.
Two of the founding members of Pappas Family Farms, Tom Pappas (left) and George Pappas (right).
Philon Pappas and his brother George Pappas in the 1950's.
Philon Pappas (left) in a cantaloupe field.
Our original wood-crate packing shed in Mendota, California.
In the 1920's, before he started farming, George Pappas owned a store on Market Street in San Francisco.
Our original packing shed.
Workers hand packing and labeling melons at our original packing shed.
Tom Pappas and Lena Pappas inspecting cotton harvest 1959.
George's daughters Serena, Zoe and Arianna enjoy thier dad's delicious "Sweet Treat" watermelon.
Today, Philon's son George Pappas and his 3 daughters; Serena, Arianna and Zoe continue the family farming tradition.