|Updated: 9/25/2013 12:29 pm
||Published: 9/25/2013 10:24 am
Wednesday marks the end of an era as Conrad Farms in Bixby closes its doors for the final time.
The family announced plans to close up shop back in July after selling produce for three generations.
The shelves were bare by midday, but that didn’t stop customers, who say they’ve shopped at the farm for decades, from stopping by to say farewell.
Jack Comers tells FOX23 for the last 20 years he’s made the 35 mile trip from Claremore once a month to the farm. We were there to capture his final visit.
“It’s the last day, I wanted to get some tomatoes and watermelon, clean up on the good stock, and it’ll be the last time I get to come here.”
And he’s not alone—another woman showed up before the store even opened to get what she could, saying “It makes me want to cry.”
“People are pretty sad about it,” the eldest Conrad, Eugene, says. “We didn’t really expect that, we’ve just been doing our thing.”
The eldest Conrad, Eugene, tells us he’s looking forward to retirement, but after running the farm for so long, it’ll be a big change.
He says since he was a kid, he and his two brothers would help their dad loading corn and other goods.
“People would drive up in their car and say I want a dozen of that corn, and my dad would say you boys get down from there and get this lady some corn.”
But after nearly 80 years, he says it’s time to hang it up.
“It’s been a pretty long haul, but it’s been fun, it’s made us all a good living, but I guess everything comes to an end.”
We’re finding out things are ending on a high note around the farm. The tomato crop this fall, Conrad says it’s the best they’ve ever had. And all the farm equipment and supplies, Conrad says they’re all accounted for and already sold.