r By Jade WalkerrIn August, the Payson Santaquin Chamber of Commerce congratulated a little known but much loved Santaquin business. On the edge of Santaquin’s south border lies Little Opee’s Produce and Sales. This business was voted as the Business of the Month for August. If anyone recently went to Payson Market and bought delicious strawberries at a great price, these were brought to you by Little Opee’s Produce.
In 2002, Kristi and Mark Openshaw recognized while marketing a large sweet cherry crop for multiple farmers that people love local fruit and ask for it in supermarkets. Realizing that supermarkets seek volume purchases to be able to meet all their location’s needs and lower cost, Kristi and Mark formed Little Opee’s Produce.
Since then Little Opee’s Produce has grown. In order to provide Utahns with fresh produce year-round, Mark and Kristi began developing relationships with fruit and vegetable growers around the country and outside of the United States. Today, Little Opee’s still helps local Utah farmers sell their crops. However, Little Opee’s now brings fresh fruit and vegetables to Utah from California, Washington, Idaho, Texas and countries throughout Central and South America.
“Little Opee’s would like to thank all that have trusted and helped us grow to this point. Thank you for supporting us. We live in such a wonderful state and in communities that help one another.” Mark Openshaw.