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Greenwell Farms Earns Top Ranking Among Food Tours

September 29, 2015, 1:41 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:50 AM
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What do Hershey’s Chocolate World, TABASCO, Celestial Seasonings Tea, Jelly Belly, PEZ, Boudin Bakery, Herr’s Snacks and Kailua-Kona’s Greenwell Farms have in common?

USA Today released its 2015 list of the “10 Best Food Factory Tours” in America, and Greenwell Farms made the list among famous and nationally recognized brands.

Greenwell Farms is a fourth-generation Kona coffee farm set at the 1,500 foot elevation. It is located next to the ancestral home of Henry and Elizabeth Greenwell, and now is the known home of the Kona Historical Museum.

USA Today enlisted the help of its readers to determine the ten best food factory tours in the country. After month-long voting, Greenwell Farms beat out nominated tours like Ben & Jerry’s, Tillamook Cheese Factory, and World of Coca-Cola.

“Our farm tours have grown from our humble beginnings of welcoming walk-in visitors that stumbled upon our farm back in the 1990s into a signature farm tour experience,” said Greenwell Farms President Tom Greenwell. “Our enthusiastic team of friendly tour guides shares our story with thousands of visitors every year. This recognition really honors their dedication.”

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Farm tours run daily beginning at 8:30 a.m. and go through 4:30 p.m. Guides will take farm visitors through a walking tour of fields on the working Kona coffee farm, highlighting its history and showing the various stages of coffee growth, production, and processing.

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Henry Greenwell launched Kona coffee at the 1873 World’s Fair in Vienna. Today, four generation family farmers Tom and Jennifer Greenwell and Steve and Beth (Greenwell) Hicks continue on the tradition of quality Kona coffee at Kona’s Greenwell Farms.

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