After 70 years, Conrad Farms closes up shop; brothers, co-owners reflect on decades of service

BIXBY, Okla. - If you visited Conrad Farms Wednesday looking for produce, you probably didn't find much. But you could find a lot of love.

"One guy was from Stillwater. He said, 'I just drove over here just to say goodbye'," said Eugene Conrad.

After 70 years, Conrad Farms is closing up shop.

"It's really nice, but it's sad. And they're sad too. You can tell because they've been coming here so long," said Vernon Conrad.

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Eugene and Vernon are brothers and co-owners of Conrad Farms.

"You hate to see the customers be so sad that you're leaving, but in a way you're glad," said Eugene. "You're glad that you've done a good enough job to realize that they appreciate us."

The brothers attribute their work ethic to their dad, who opened Conrad Farms decades ago.

"Somebody would pull up and my dad would say, 'You boys get down off that trailer and get this lady a dozen ears of corn'," said Eugene.

Vernon says his fondest memory of Conrad Farms is the world-record breaking 255-pound watermelon he grew in 1983.

Still, after all the tomatoes, okra and onions, Eugene just wants to say thank you.

"It's been kind of overwhelming really," he said, laughing with eyes down. "Yeah, it's been really something."

While Eugene and Vernon expect to sell their land, retirement won't be the end of the brothers. Eugene will tend to his many gardens and Vernon plans to fish.

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