"Dortch’s Grandpa Sherman Hulless Popcorn came out on top.Dortch already sells plenty of other products like poultry, eggs, honey goat’s milk soaps, dent and flint corn. But popcorn has been a family tradition for decades — so growing and selling kernels that pop up to a nice, fluffy finish was a logical transition.
“My father is the reason why this all started,” Dortch said. “He kept the family tradition of popcorn getting together every Sunday night. It was the only thing he could cook, and boy, he was proud of it.”
Dortch’s great grandparents grew and shelled popcorn as did her dad (Grandpa Sherman), aunt and brother, but she’s the first to grow it and sell it commercially.
She sells her popcorn for $3 per pound up to 50 pounds.
“It stores well, It’s easier to get started, and there’s a market for a lot of different weights,” Dortch said. “It’s a crop that kids can get involved in. It’s more manageable for people. As a single farmer, I’m always trying to spread out my work load.”
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