Derrick is a 3rd generation farmer. In fact, his family has been involved in Colorado Agriculture since arriving in 1903 as German from Russia immigrants who migrated here to work the Sugar Beet fields in northern Colorado. Derrick grew up farming 500 acres with his Grandfather and Father in the Johnstown area, growing Barley, Corn, Pinto Beans and Alfalfa. After his Dad retired in 2002 he followed a career he started in 1996 in Education, that lasted for 22 years, supporting and managing technology systems. Only to return to farming in small scale vegetable production in 2014 at the idea of his wife. With his family background in farming and past experience, he was able to expand their operation rapidly in the subsequent years. He is a true example of “once you get dirt under your fingernails, its hard to get it out…”
Hanmei is a 3rd generation farmer, albeit not originally in America. Hanmei’s family farmed fruits and vegetables in southern China, in the Fuzhou province. She conceived of the idea of taking her Husband’s 1 acre garden and turning it into a business. She officially started Hoffman Farms in 2014, and built the business into what it is today by tirelessly seeking out new customers and finding ways to improve sales. This mother of three will always be smiling every Saturday at the Farmers Markets, or cheerfully greeting you when she delivers the farms orders to all of their customers along the Front Range. Her core belief is that eating healthy should not break the bank.