Schlechter Farms is continuing a family farm tradition that dates back to the early 1900’s when Jim’s grandfather, Joseph Schlechter, settled in the Willamette Valley. Jim started farming in 1971 with wheat and clover seed, but switched in 1978 to sweet corn and onions. Over the decades, winter squash, grass for seed, broccoli and four gardens of peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and other farm-fresh vegetables have been added to the crop rotation. Part of the farm is located in Lake Labish, where they grow the red and yellow onions for which Lake Labish is famous.
The farm also supply corn and other vegetables to several of the Willamette Valley farm produce stands and grocery stores. And since the early 1980s, the farm has operated a produce stand of their own during the corn season from early August through late October.