2017-10-25 / School News

Brokering tomatoes

by Trish Rudder


Local Miller family members stood in a Pennsylvania tomato field in 1996. Left, Carl Miller and Charles Miller, Jr. Local Miller family members stood in a Pennsylvania tomato field in 1996. Left, Carl Miller and Charles Miller, Jr. Berkeley Springs resident Sonny Miller shared a picture of his father, Carl R. Miller and his uncle, Charles E. Miller, Jr. (known as “Junior”), who was a tomato broker for fields in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for many years. The men are from Berkeley Springs.

The picture was taken at a Pennsylvania tomato farm in 1996 by Junior’s son Gary, who worked with his father.

Junior and Gary discontinued the brokering business in 2008. Their business began in the 1960s, Gary said.

The family owned 250 acres across from the Morgan County Ball Park on U.S. 522 and had a tomato factory that was built in 1950 called “Little Miss Tomato.” The family grew tomatoes, apple, peaches and strawberries until 1957 when the property was sold, Gary said.

The family kept a small piece of the property with a log home that is still there, Sonny said. Gary’s father, Junior built the home in 1939 and lived there with his family until 1942 when Carl Miller returned from D.C. and moved in there with his family. He was a mechanic and had a garage on the property, Sonny said.

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