In my search for Iowa Made Stuff I have found some interesting things…I love when those things have a story…And Tiny But Mighty Popcorn does!
They have traced it back to the 1850′s where they believe Native Indians shared it with their pioneer neighbors and was enjoyed for several generations. As with many things as times change, some of the past is lost. Luckily in the mid 1970′s this heirloom variety popcorn was given new life and Tiny But Mighty Popcorn was born.
Richard Kelty, was the original owner and Gene and Lynn Mealhow have been happily running TBM since they purchased the business in the late 1990′s. The two gentlemen meet when Richard needed assistance with his corn and Gene as a soil consultant came to help.
Tiny But Mighty popcorn is unique ~ it grows on stalks that are only about 3 feet high, bearing as many as 36 ears, it’s hull-less when popped and easier than most popcorn to digest. In the picture is Richard & Gene with the famous stalk with 36 ears.
Tiny But Mighty popcorn is something that the Mealhow family is passionate about. Grown by family farmers outside of Shellsburg the family works hard to their popcorn alive and thriving. Check their website to see where you can buy Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. ”Since our popcorn tastes like it has butter on it, farmer Gene always warns – we are not responsible for your addiction!”
3282 62nd St
Shellsburg, Iowa 52332