Producing Food & Fiber in Two Centuries
Kauffman Farm of Filer, ID offers consumers the opportunity to source a variety of products directly from us the producer or from other Idaho producers. Our products include sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, barley, barley soup mix, and more.
Clark Kauffmanʼs farming enterprise has grown and evolved over the last forty years. He began farming by renting farmland and two years later he bought 120 acres of that land near Filer. His first crops included hay, grain, and corn grown specifically for a small, local dairy.
Clark’s next enterprise was to grow sweet corn for the Green Giant plant in southern Idaho and he added fresh sweet corn for a local market as well. He soon realized he had two choices: expand the acreage of a single crop, or diversify and include several smaller crops to fill local markets. Choosing to diversify, Kauffman began to work with some unique experimental crops including chicory root, several squash varieties, and cucumber for seed. To assure income and reduce risk involved in these specialty crops, he also produced commodity crops such as sugar beets, onion seed, and canola seed.
To take advantage of consumers’ request for local products, Clark started selling his produce at the Twin Falls Farmers market with the help of his daughter-in-law, Katie. He continued to expand his fresh product offering and today Kauffman grows tomatoes, peppers, red beets, sweet corn, peas, peppers, pumpkins and spinach.
In 2007, Kauffman Farms became involved in the production and packaging of barley products. Clark grew the barley and set up a small packaging facility on his Filer farm. With his wife and children assisting him, he began producing and packaging pearl barley and a Hearty Barley Soup mix.