Nat Feinn & Son History
Nathan Feinn was born 1890 in Waterbury Connecticut. Nat Feinn started buying and selling produce in the 1920s around New york City. By the 1930s he was brokering tomatoes primarily from Florida, Mexico, and Cuba. By the 1940s Nat Feinn was working deals in California.
Nat Feinn and his son, Charles, started their business in Fresno 1947. That was also the year when Fenn Way Farms trademark was registered. They started their tomato business in a raisin packing plant on Santa Fe ave.
In 1953 Sam Finkle was invited to move his family west to join Nat Feinn & Son. Sam was related on his wife’s side.
Besides repacking bulk tomatoes we also put up Fenn Way Packed tomatoes. Many people called them tube tomatoes as there were 3 or 4 tomatoes in a narrow tray. We called them cello tomatoes because they’re wrapped in cellophane.
Nat Feinn passed away in 1961.
Nat Feinn with his wife, Miriam around 1957 in their apartment in San Francisco
In front of Nat Feinn and Son’s first repacking shed in Fresno
During the 1960’s-1970’s we began growing our own vine ripe tomatoes in the summer. We also grew bell peppers, squash, green beans and cucumbers.
1963 we moved across the tracks to Topeka Ave, Fresno
In the 1970’s we began working with local farmers in addition to our own operation. We started with sweet italian red onions, cherry tomatoes, chile peppers, bell peppers and squashes. Following the 1977 season we quit growing our own tomatoes. By the 1980s we were handling local produce year round. We also kept our tomato repacking crew busy by buying tomatoes in California, Mexico or Florida.
After college and a few trips around the world Byrne Finkle in 1983 started full time in sales at Nat Feinn & Son. Byrne previously worked every summer at Nat Feinn & Son since age 13. Byrne is the great grandson of Nat Feinn.
1988 we bought Midland Cold Storage down the street. With the tomato repack business fading in the 90’s we launched our Clamshell cherry tomato and grape tomato packing operation.
Charles Feinn passed away 2002.
Sam Finkle passed away at 91 in 2019
In 2021 we consolidated all of our operation at Midland Cold Storage 944 S Topeka Ave, Fresno
A 1950s photo of (far left) Nat Feinn, Charles Feinn, Sam Finkle, and their foreman Bill
A Look Into The 60's
1990's Holiday Party
Blossom Feinn, Carmen Rings, Charles Feinn
Sam & Margot Finkle
Margot Finkle, Amelia Davila, Charles Feinn, Blossom Feinn
Blossom & Charles Feinn
Carmen Rings and Modesto Bazan
Alan King is preparing to cut Sugar Cane into 8 inch pieces
Solange Bazan and Dotty are packing the cello wrapped Sugar Cane
Produce Done Elsewhere
Produce Market in Tokyo 1986
Sugar Cane Delivery, Fiji 1982
Produce market in Penang Malaysia, 1986
Produce selling at a farmer’s market outside of Marrakech Morocco.