The Smith Family – Triple “S” Smith Farms – Elwood, Indiana 

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    Triple S Farms
    Say hello to the Triple "S" Smith family farm – Red Gold tomato growers since the late 1970s. Most mornings you’ll find owner Scott Smith out in the fields. It’s where he grew up, and he enjoys the peace and quiet that accompanies him in the early dawn. That, and the company of his new partner in farming – daughter Shanie Smith
  • More than business, Family:

    The Smiths and Red Gold owners, The Reicharts, aren’t just business associates. They literally are family.  The Smiths grew up tomato farmers, while the Reicharts grew up tomato canners. It was a perfect fit…so much that Scott’s sister Selita ended up marrying Brian Reichart – The President and CEO of Red Gold.

  • Third generation farmer:

    Meet Scott Smith. He grew up farming, with both his grandparents and parents running a family farm themselves. While he enjoys the process of growing many different crops, his passion really is tomatoes. And  growing for Red Gold? In his words, “I’m very proud of it, because it’s a family operation, so the families are treated like family when you grow for them.

  • Growing love. And tomatoes:

    Scott and his wife of 39 years met in high school, but the farm is where their love really blossomed. As Terri remembers, “I used to live across from the farm that he was on, and he would go back and forth with the tractor. I’d be in the upstairs window waving at him just about every round. We’ve been together ever since."

  • Shanie leaves the nest:

    Shanie Smith grew up right here in Windfall, Indiana. She spent her days helping in the fields where she could, and becoming pretty good at basketball. In fact, she still holds a scoring record or two at Tri-Central High. After college, she became a physical trainer and PE teacher. It was a life she was happy enough with, but she felt something was missing.

  • Shanie comes home:

    After being away for almost a decade, Shanie sat down with her parents one evening and laid some news on her dad.

    “I said, ‘Dad, I think I’m ready to come back to the farm’…and he looked at me – and his eyes were just huge.” – Shanie

    Scott simply didn’t see it coming. But once he did, it was a thrill he could barely contain.

  • Born in the field:

    Scott and Shanie watch over 385 acres of Red Gold tomatoes – no small feat. It’s something Scott simply can’t ever see himself not doing.

    “I’ve always raised tomatoes. I don’t know a time that I did not. My dad started back in the early 50s, but, in my case, I’ve always raised tomatoes. It’s something I do, and – and enjoy. It’s all good!” – Scott

  • Father and daughter/teacher and student:

    Now in her first year back, Shanie’s learning new skills every day – from seed tendering to how to go about properly ‘flagging’ the tomato fields…all side-by-side with her dad. In her words, “It’s the best move I’ve ever made.”

    Scott couldn’t agree more.

  • Words to live by:

    Scott’s sister-in-law Cheri sits right underneath the motto of the Smith farm: “Faith, Family, Farm” - in that order! Having the faith to be able to roll with whatever life throws at you is particularly important when you spend your days at the mercy of the elements. And family and farm, well, they just kind of speak for themselves.

  • Triple ā€œSā€ Smith:

    Triple “S” Smith farms was named in honor of Scott and Terri’s three kids – Shanna, Shanie and Shawn. Though they lost Shanna in 2006, she’s still with them every day in their hearts.

    Here is Shawn rough-housing with his son AJ.

  • Last word:

    In short, Scott’s a happy man. “On almost any given day I get to see the sunrise, and I get to see the sunset. We’ll get on the walkie-talkies sometimes and holler at the other guys – hey look at that sunset – because it’s just that beautiful. That’s one thing we capture here in the country – there’s such a peace about everything.

  • Triple S Farms
  • More than business, Family:
  • Third generation farmer:
  • Growing love. And tomatoes:
  • Shanie leaves the nest:
  • Shanie comes home:
  • Born in the field:
  • Father and daughter/teacher and student:
  • Words to live by:
  • Triple ā€œSā€ Smith:
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