Meet Us at the EXPO: Tiny But Mighty Popcorn

Attend Innovation EXPO on Tuesday, September 19th and meet first-time exhibitors Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. Sometimes innovation comes in the form of a tiny, heirloom kernel–cultivated in Iowa and enjoyed worldwide. Tiny But Mighty Popcorn is an ancient heirloom variety of popcorn that’s tiny in size, but mighty in flavor! It’s virtually hulless, which means it won’t get stuck in your teeth and is easy to digest.

This one-of-a-kind seed was nearly lost forever. It was discovered by Samuel Kelty in Shellsburg, Iowa in the 1850s, and kept in the Kelty family for over 100 years. Fast forward three generations to Richard Kelty, Samuel’s great, great, great grandson, discovering his mother about to pop the last remaining kernels. He grabbed the small jar of seeds, rescued a few handfuls for planting and allowed his mom to pop the rest. Richard kept planting, with the dream of sharing this amazing popcorn with the rest of the world. Having trouble with the yield of this rare seed, he hired a farmer and soil consultant to help. That farmer was Gene Mealhow, current caretaker and owner of Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. Never genetically modified or hybridized to become something that it isn’t, this little heirloom, full of mighty flavor, has captured hearts and taste buds across America and beyond.

Farmer Gene personally tends to seed selection, cultivating the soil and fields to provide the most healthy, natural growing conditions, and rigorous quality control. Attend the EXPO and meet the Tiny But Mighty team and sample this one-of-a-kind Iowa product for yourself!


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