Tigges farm began in 1935 when Phillip and Lucy Tigges Mary Tigges purchased the farm. Irrigation on the farm allowed them to raise barley, alfalfa, sugar beets, pinto beans, potatoes and corn. All the farming was done with horses in 1935. In 1936 a “C” Case tractor was purchased to do the plowing and other heavy field work. Electricity didn't come to the farm until 1938. In 1939 certified seed potatoes and hybrid seed corn was raised. Robert Tigges, son of Phillip and Lucy helped farm even after he graduated from Colorado A&M in 1939 and was offered a job in South Africa. In 1942 Robert married Mary Lind and they made the farm their home and took over all of the farming and expanded to include a dairy farm. In 1963 they purchased the farm and continued farming. In 1986 Robert Tigges passed away and Mary and son Ken Tigges continued farming.
Mary had always had a “dream” of having a Produce stand and in 1987 the farm began its evolution to a produce farm with the opening of the Tigges Farm Produce Stand. Ken Tigges ventured into pumpkin farming and the pumpkin patch was a part of the produce stand. Anaheim chilies were added to the produce and around 1995 the roaster was added and the smell of roasted chilies wafted throughout the stand all fall. A unique mix of three varieties of chilies called the Big Jim Mix became the Tigges Farm signature for their brand of chilies perfect for “making green Chile.”
The building that had been a sheep barn, a chicken coop, a pig barn, a storage building (to name a few of its historical uses) was transformed into a vegetable stand. Just the food structure part of the wood building still retains its roots and country charm with dried gourds hanging form tHanging Gourds at the Vegetable Standhe unpainted wood rafters.
In the early 1990’s the stand was expanded to the east as more room for produce was needed. A shelter outside to the east was added so those weighing pumpkins didn't have to stand in the elements (which could be rather nasty on some days). The shelter was greatly appreciated.
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