By Naomi Hatch
The Hatch family got its start in farming in 1948 when W.R. Hatch and his sons Jay and C.R. sold feed they had grown. They had 13 trucks and drove all over to deliver their goods.
They were gone a lot and Jay decided that’s not how he wanted to raise his family. They had been selling feed to a man who didn’t have money to pay them, so to even his account he gave them his 14 cows and thus began Sunrise Dairy.
John and Wes Hatch, sons of Jay, are running the business now. They began selling corn in the 1970s, but are quick to tell you they’ve done this all their lives.
Wes was a junior or senior in high school and John was in his early 20s when they grew and sold corn. They told how first day they sold corn, they picked two gunny sacks full and headed up to sell it. Their first customer was Doyle Hancock of Show Low Construction, they reminisced. “We sold two gunny sacks in about 20 minutes,” said John.
Wes and John represent the third generation farming the land, and Wes’ son Logan is working with them, as well as Logan’s young son Konner, who loves to spend time at Sunrise Dairy.
They grow hay, grain, silage and, of course, Taylor sweet core, which they will be selling at the Sweet Corn Festival this weekend.
“It’s a lot of work doing this, but we’ve had a lot of people tell us thanks for being good enough to grow food for them,” said John.
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By Naomi Hatch