From the Lubbock Avalanche Journal — October 20, 2016

By JOSIE MUSICO

BROWNFIELD — Clark and Tami Bowen run a seed and nut snack company in Kingston, Washington.

Kelton Coleman grows peanuts west of Brownfield, off the road toward Plains.

Tuesday brought the Bowens to Coleman’s farm for some lessons.

“Our biggest thing is to come down and see the growers and see harvest,” Clark Bowen said. “So many consumers want to know where their food comes from, we can help link those stories.”

Clark Bowen at Texas peanut harvest Peanuts are first pulled from the ground and dried in place before harvesting Peanut harvesting combine Peanut field harvested

Bowen’s CB’s Nuts has long used legumes trucked in from West Texas. His trip gave him a chance to see their origins, in a field 2,000 miles away.

“We have a really educated consumer in the Pacific Northwest,” he said. “They’re getting to the point where they’re requesting Southwest-grown peanuts.”

The tour, hosted by the Texas Peanut Producers Board, coincided with harvest time.

Coleman’s peanuts spent the past week or so above ground after the pre-harvest digging step. This week was time to collect them for the warehouse — and with an audience. The Terry County farmer enjoyed connecting with the visitors.

“It went great,” he said. “It was good to show people how it goes on a farm, and it was good to hear about how they’re doing.”

The tour group represented five companies from Texas and the West Coast. Their businesses produce peanut butter, snack nuts and candy.

“We’re just coming to connect with the farmers and see what happens on the farm,” said Denny Savage, a controller for Lord Nut, a Dallas company that makes highly seasoned peanuts. “… The Texas Peanut Board is treating us really well.”

The group visited multiple operations in the Terry-Gaines-county area; Coleman’s farm was only one stop.

“I wanted them to see firsthand the effort a farmer puts into a crop — what it takes to grow a very, very high-valued crop,” said Shelly Nutt, executive director of the Texas Peanut Producers Board.