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This August 1971 aerial photo shows how the pea harvest operation changed from farm-based vining to central locations next to the Twin City Foods plant in Stanwood.

For decades, the pea industry helped build the Stanwood area community by providing jobs to hundreds of locals while producing millions of pounds of the vegetable for the growing country.

Scott Houser, 62, of Camano Island recalls spending six summers working the local pea harvest during his teenage years.


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New pea harvesting equipment — mobile viners — arrives in March 1966.

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A trio of mobile pea viners were at work in summer 1974 at the Al Christianson farm, where they were expecting to ship 1.4 million mounds to Twin City Foods for processing.

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A crew at Twin City Foods processes peas in summer 1977.

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This June 1966 aerial photo shows the pea season equipment being prepped for harvest.

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Scott Houser, 62, of Camano Island describes the start of the six summers he spent working the local pea harvest during his teenage years.

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