The 25-year history of Baloian Farms is but a snippet of the Baloian family’s farming history. It was Ed Baloian’s father, Charles Baloian, who in the 1920s first began growing and shipping vegetables in the San Joaquin Valley. Ed Baloian and his brother, James Baloian, joined the family business after serving in the military during World War II.
Twenty years later, the father and sons added a new dimension, Pam Pak Distributors, to pack and market the family’s fresh vegetables and those of other valley growers.
When James Baloian retired in 1985, Ed and Tim bought out other family members and started afresh with Baloian Farms. The firm did retain earmarks of the old organization such as its Marty Boy and Pam Pak labels.
The new company was in operation less than a decade when a disastrous fire gutted most of the packing-storage-office headquarters near downtown Fresno.
It was a setback Baloian Farms would overcome by building the new west Fresno complex. Difficulties are not new to the family. Charles Baloian escaped an already troubled Armenia shortly before the Ottoman Turks launched the infamous Armenian Genocide.
Tim Baloian represents the family’s third-generation in California agriculture. It is not the last. His daughter, Julie, and nephews Peter and John are already active in Baloian Farms.