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September 5, 2013

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50 years ago

Sept. 5, 1963

STAMFORD (Special) — Stamford, the “Town of Perpetual Motion,” has done it again.

A new industry is in operation here which unquestionably will revolutionize the cauliflower market for area growers.

George K. Todd Farms’ plant, located approximately three miles east of Stamford Village, on Route 23, is packaging cauliflower which is being distributed from Florida to Maine and from Chicago to New Orleans; and is being exported to Canada by refrigerated trucks; to Puerto Rico by air freight.

“Our objective,” said George Todd, owner of the plant, “is to encourage area farmers to grow more cauliflower. The acreage, over the past few years, has been decreasing because of the lack of marketing facilities. But with our present facilities we can properly package and distribute a considerable volume of the product to the advantage of local growers.”

Aim of the George K. Todd Farms is to provide cauliflower of better quality with a longer shelf life and greater consumer or eye-appeal.

In 1960, Todd Farms began cello packaging cauliflower, and the reaction from their customers was favorable. Trimming heads at source level also gave them the opportunity of giving the cauliflower the “Decco” wash treatment.

“This process of chlorinization improves the shelf life and appearance of the ‘flower,’ but was not possible with untrimmed heads,” Mr. Todd said.

George Todd, 35, has been in the cauliflower business since 1949, after coming out of the service. His father, Frank, however, is one of the pioneers in the cauliflower business in this area.

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