By Keri Langhorst
Featured in Make It Minnesota’s Fall 2014 issue.
Patriot Pops is an organic popcorn that is packaged with red, white, and blue kernels by Tiffany and Ryan Batalden. Patriot Pops is named in support of the military. A portion of their proceeds go to help disabled Veterans.
The farm is nestled in Southwestern MN. The seeds are planted along with field corn to help protect the more fragile plant from the harsh southwest MN wind. The kernels are then harvested in the fall along with the corn.
Tiffany started the business 3 years ago by planting one acre. The first year she harvested 3,500 pounds and sold all but 50 pounds! Each consecutive year she has added an acre. Her business is slowly growing.
Tiffany states her biggest challenge has been exposure. She currently sells her popcorn at the St. Peter Food Coop, Sioux Falls Coop, and Cash Wise. She would like to sell her product to more businesses. Tiffany is participating in her first Trade Show called Midwest Pantry to gain exposure. Hopefully, with more publicity and the demand for local foods her popcorn will “pop” up in more grocery stores!
Organic is very important to Tiffany and her family, something that they take very seriously. Their family farm has been certified organic since 2004. She enjoys that she can bring an organic quality product to the table for her children and her customers. Her family works really hard to maintain sustainability while being able to produce high quality foods.
Tiffany is able to package and sell her product while still being able to take care of her three small children. Her husband and children are able to help Tiffany as well. The kernels are packaged in a licensed kitchen in Walnut Grove and the label is printed in Marshall, MN.
If you’re looking for a tasty treat that is grown locally you can pick some up at several locations that carry Patriot Pops.
Otherwise, you can order from their website:
Patriot Pops At The White House!
Ryan & Tiffany Batalden were honored as a “Champion of Change” by the White House on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014. This program recognizes farmers working to build a strong foundation for the next generation of farmers in our country. They were also recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
While at the White House the Bataldens got to share their story, where they discussed their work of keeping the family farm running – and of course their growing popcorn line “Patriot Pops Popcorn”