History

Pioneer Potatoes is a fifth generation family farm whose eye on the present and firm grasp of the past allows it to produce a truly unique product.

In the late 1800's, the Thulen family immigrated from Sweden in search of the perfect place to raise their family and continue farming in America. They settled in the Skagit Valley in Washington State, recognizing the mild climate and the fertile soil as an ideal combination to continue farming successfully. The Skagit River ensured water for the land and a mode to ship produce to market by barge. Five generations later, Pioneer Potatoes continues to farm with that same vision and stewardship. John Thulen's firm grasp of his past and eye on the future allows Pioneer Potatoes to produce a truly unique product.

John Thalen

John & Sofie Thulen

Immigrants from Sweden to Skagit Valley.

Alvin & Margaret Thulen

(Married in 1936)

Colleen Thulen

Gail & Colleen Thulen

begin farming.

John & Debbie Thulen

graduate from college.

1st Heir

is born.

Jacob & Barbara Peth

become settlers in Wisconsin during its pioneer days from Switzerland/Germany.

Jacob Peth

John Jacob &
Mary Jane Peth

begin farming in Skagit Valley.

Archie & Anna Peth

begin farming.

Archie Peth

First Potato Shed

in the valley opens for shipments by paddle wheelers to Seattle & Bellingham.

John & Debbie