AcMoody Farms -Union City, Michigan

  • Welcome to AcMoody Family Farms
    Red Gold growers since 1995 and proud recent recipients of the EA Reichart Award, Red Gold's recognition of the Best Grower of the Year.

    Currently operated by brothers Brian and Vern, AcMoody Farms is starting its fourth generation of farm and family.  They take true pride in the tomatoes they grow, and true pride in keeping their family farm managed by actual family members.
  • Meet the AcMoody's

    The AcMoody's got their start in 1955 when Brian and Vern's parents moved to Union City, Michigan and bought this farm. From that time on, they've expanded land, crops and most importantly - family members.

    “Really, the whole family is a part of the farm. They just have different roles. Everybody comes back and supports it, and lends a helping hand when needed.” - Brian

  • Grandma AcMoody
    Meet Brian and Vern’s mom, Lita. When she and her husband Duane bought this place, most of their spare time became a thing of the past (after all, she worked in the fields right alongside him). However, a lack of time would never keep Lita from her favorite activity: cutting a rug. 

    "We did dance a lot at night, until maybe two o'clock in the morning, or until they closed," said Lita.  "Then we got up, did the chores, and went to church."
  • Brian and Vern

    Brothers, friends, business partners, and all around good people. Vern and Brian farmed side-by-side with their father for years, learning how to do things right from the very beginning. Now they rely on each other, their wives, and the fourth generation coming up under them.

    “Our goal is to pass the farm on – like our dad passed it on to us – in better shape than he first received it. That’s what we strive for as a family.” - Brian

  • Award winning quality
    Brian and Vern are always good for a laugh, but they take what they do incredibly serious. It’s why they’ve been recognized with the EA Reichart Award in recent years – the highest honor Red Gold gives. It’s no surprise, given their knowledge.

    "You want a nice firm tomato," says Vern.  "You want to be able to cut the top of it.  You want it as deep red as you can get it."  As Brian puts it, "We consume what we grow, so we believe what we're doing."
  • Family makes the difference

    To Brian, the advantage of working with Red Gold is simple. 

    “They’re family owned, and only a generation removed from actually having been on our side of it. They were producers in the field along with packing their own tomatoes back then. So I think they understand what we battle out here, versus somebody at a corporate canning company that maybe has never really ever seen a field.”

  • Janice
    Say hello to Vern’s wife, Janice AcMoody. She didn’t grow up on a farm, but once she joined the family, she jumped in full tilt – eventually running the tomato planter for all 400+ acres. Brian’s wife Kelly also helps out, filling the role of “silent partner” on the farm.

    Janice is still in awe of the process she gets to watch unfold: “You put those little transplants in the ground, go back a week later and they’ve got new leaves. Then 100 days later they’re putting fruit on. Just to see it. There’s real pride, knowing that you had a part in that, in growing them.”
  • Friday night on the farm

    Every once in a while, the AcMoody's like to let their hair down with a big friends and family blowout – dubbed “Friday Night on the Farm.” It’s a tradition that has carried on throughout the years, making sure that no matter how much people drift, they always still have a family connection.

    “People bring snacks. I’ll do some grilling. Usually the kids get a basketball game going, and everyone just enjoys their time together. That’s what we cherish – everyone being able to come back here…because a lot of families don’t have that option.” - Janice

  • Employees-in-law
    Lance, Cody and Adam are just three of the family members now working for the AcMoody Farm.

    As Brian and Vern’s nephew, Lance has been a vital component for 13 years now. Cody married Vern’s daughter and has since taken over running the tomato harvester. And Brian’s son Adam is finishing up a degree at Michigan State – looking to help navigate the future of soil science and crop management.  "Back in the old days, it was just 'Plant it. Fertilize it. Water it. Harvest it.'  But today with GPS, drones and other technology, you can actually manage your crops and soil to real specific points." - Adam
  • No "I" in team
    For over 60 years, the AcMoody's have made this place a home and a livelihood. As Brian states, it’s an accomplishment with no single champion.

    “I don’t think we could have done what we’ve done here without each other. So what I feel I’ve accomplished is really nothing. It’s what we’ve accomplished. And when I say that, I mean my sister-in-law, and my wife, and my mom and dad and our kids. I guess that’s my pride. We’ve accomplished a family farm that has grown over the last 21 years – and, hopefully, it will continue to grow.”
  • Welcome to AcMoody Family Farms
  • Meet the AcMoody's
  • Grandma AcMoody
  • Brian and Vern
  • Award winning quality
  • Family makes the difference
  • Janice
  • Friday night on the farm
  • Employees-in-law
  • No "I" in team