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The Sichler Family Brings Farm Fresh Produce to Rio Grande Residents with Snake Ranch Farm Stores

By Elisha Neubauer

The Sichler Family has a rich history. Emigrating to the US from Germany in the late 1800s?the family purchased farm land in the New Mexico region in 1872 and have worked the land together ever since.

Farming is in their blood. Today, there are many branches of the Sichler family operating on the land purchased by their ancestors.

Chris and Paula Sichler are the owners of one particular portion of the Sichler family farm land- the Snake Ranch. The unique name possesses an interesting back story. When Chris was younger, planting his first rows, he wasn't quite as skilled as he is today as he was just starting out. His rows appeared crooked, prompting a friendly neighbor to joke that he must be starting a snake ranch.

The Snake Ranch consists of 650 acres and is operated by fifth and sixth generation Sichler farmers. Their product list is as vast as their acreage total, compiled of Alfalfa, Field Corn, Oats, Winter Wheat, Watermelons, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Pumpkins, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Bell Peppers, Jalapenos, Yellow Hot Peppers, Sweet Corn, and of course, Chile.

The company utilizes some of the most modern technology in practice today. Their property has been laser leveled and utilizes cement lined ditches. They operate with a drip irrigation system and have recently implemented full-scale GPS systems into their tractors?allowing them to truly maximize their productivity.

The family and their operations are a crucial, integral part of the Los Lunas, New Mexico community. In addition to being a provider of fresh, local produce at affordable prices, the family has been offering jobs to the community since its start in 1872.

"All of this combined makes Snake Ranch one of, if not the most water efficient, productive and progressive farming operations in the Middle Rio Grande Valley," explains Paula Sichler. "However, everybody knows that water efficiency and productivity don't necessarily guarantee a quality product, but be assured Snake Ranch puts the quality of their crops at the top of their list."

Another aspect of business under the Snake Ranch umbrella is the Snake Ranch Farm Store. The Farm Stores sell only the product grown on the Snake Ranch properties. There are two seasonal markets operated under the Snake Ranch name: San Antonio and Los Lunas. These are generally functioning from August through October. Paula Sichler currently manages the San Antonio location while Chris and Paula's son, Steven Schiler, handles the business of the Los Lunas site.

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