Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Johnsonville's The Sausage Dome Champion, World Food Championships E.A.T. Certified Food Judge, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Brand Ambassador, Culinary Researcher, Food & Travel Critic, Food Competitor, and Recipe Developer
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Tiny But Mighty Popcorn is heirloom popcorn packed with natural flavor
Gene and Lynn Mealhow began their journey of this heirloom popcorn in 1995, growing and cultivating it on a small scale. Gene is agronomist and organic soil consultant. In the 1990s, he met a farmer named Richard Kelty, who had kept a special popcorn variety in the family since the 1850s. Richard was yielding around 600 pounds per acre (where hybrid commercial varieties are yielding 5000+ pounds per acre). After experimenting with special organic fertilizer blends and old-world methods of seed selection, Gene and Richard were able to increase the yield an average of 1800 pounds per acre (3000 pounds per acre is the maximum this variety will produce). Richard wanted to retire, so the Mealhows decided to buy the business from him. After massive floods in 2008 and 2009, the Mealhows almost lost everything, but with help of “good food” promoters, family, friends, and local farmers they came together to help get everything back. In 2010, Tiny But Might Popcorn was born – an ancient variety of popcorn with unbelievable flavor and health benefits.