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The McDowell family has been farming on Grand Island since 1947 when Charles Sr. moved the family from Petaluma. Charles Sr. started farming 18 acres of pears and 250 acres of row crops. Over the years, the family has grown pears, sugar beets, alfalfa, feed corn, wheat, tomatoes, dried beans, milo, and safflower.
Now with the third generation operating this farm, major crops include alfalfa, pears, and wheat. Double M Farms opened its farm to sell directly to the public in the summer of 2011 with picked and U-Pick pears. Additional picked fruits (peaches, plums, nectarines, pluots, nectaplums, apples, apriums, pomegranates, etc) from Michael’s private special collection orchard may be available. Other commodities for sale include eggs from free-range chickens, Mexican avocados, alfalfa hay, and straw bales.