The Middlesworth Family Farm – Marion, Indiana

  • Meet the Middlesworth Family
    The Middlesworth family farm has been raising tomatoes dating back almost 70 years – when Wilma and Daryl Middlesworth got hitched and started a little farm in Marion, Indiana. They raised their family of four boys on that very same land, and things just kind of took off from there.
  • Meet the whole family:

    Today they’ve grown to 290 acres of Red Gold tomatoes, and 21 great-grandchildren. While Wilma doesn’t drive the tractor anymore, three of her boys – Danny, Max and Brian – two of her grandsons – Shane and Brett – are out there every day…and on most days, the fourth generation of Middlesworths isn’t too far behind them.

  • Wilma Middlesworth:

    Wilma and Daryl Middlesworth both grew up on family farms before starting their own. Throughout their entire marriage, they prided themselves on their ability to grow the perfect tomatoes. Wilma once asked him, “Daryl, do you think there’ll be tomatoes in heaven?” If there are, Daryl’s growing them as we speak.

  • Second generation:

    After spending their childhoods right here in these fields, Danny, Max and Brian have since taken over running the family operation and they don’t take their duties lightly. They know there are countless families out there in the world, relying on their production. As Max puts it, “We’ve got a big responsibility to feed the world.”

  • Born a farmer:

    When asked if he knew that he wanted to be a farmer early on, Danny replied, “I was born to farm, that’s all I ever wanted to do!”

    Danny remembers sitting on the fender of the tractor as a kid while his dad was driving, and finally heard those four magic words: “You want to drive?” Before he knew it, he was behind the wheel and his dad was on the fender. It was a thrill he’s never forgotten.

  • Third generation:

    Meet Shane and Brett, 3rd generation Middlesworth farmers. Can you guess where Brett and his wife Linsie had their first date? If you guessed a tomato field, you’d be right.

    Shane and Brett work side-by-side with their dads on a daily basis – something they’d both dreamed of since they could walk. To them, family and farm are permanently tied together.

  • It takes a village:

    Ronda and Brittany Middlesworth are just two of the amazing wives and moms that make days on the farm that much brighter. They may not be out planting tomatoes, but their everyday roles are just as essential.

    “We got together for Mother’s Day and there were 47 of us here. We do well when it comes to family dinners.” – Wilma 

  • Growing up on the farm:

    As many as 21 great-grandchildren frequent the Middlesworth tomato fields day in and day out. Unlike most cousins, they get a chance to truly grow up together in the outdoors…helping out, playing, even getting into trouble! Needless to say, there’s no shortage of activity, and their great-grandmother wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Fourth generation:
    Remington is Shane’s son – and part of the fourth generation of Middlesworth’s coming up. Even if he needs his dad’s feet to reach the pedals, he’s no stranger to sitting behind the wheel of a pickup. Whether or not he follows in his father’s footsteps is up to him, but the opportunity will be there waiting if he wants it.
  • It takes a family:

    To the Middlesworth family, tomatoes aren’t just a way of life – they’re a livelihood.

    “It would be safe to say that the reason we’re still raising tomatoes is because of Red Gold. They treat us like a family, because they’re a family.” – Danny 

  • Present and future:

    Four generations in, the Middlesworth family farm doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. “When my son came along, all he talked about was farming. And his sons – all they talk about is farming, so you can assume that some of them will probably farm. To keep the family farm going into the next generation is a good deal.” – Max

  • Meet the Middlesworth Family
  • Meet the whole family:
  • Wilma Middlesworth:
  • Second generation:
  • Born a farmer:
  • Third generation:
  • It takes a village:
  • Growing up on the farm:
  • Fourth generation:
  • It takes a family:
  • Present and future: