Photo courtesy of People's Electric Cooperative
The Bryant Pecan story
The Bryant family began commercially harvesting pecans in 1984 near Ada, Oklahoma — the heart of native pecan country. From left are son, Randy, Carrel and Louise, and daughter, Lisa.
Although Carrel’s dad cut down many of the pecan trees to make more room for cattle and hay, word has it that he paid his taxes every year by picking up the fallen pecans.
Early emphasis was on native pecans, with only a few old Stuart trees. Now focusing on improved varieties, 2,000 young trees have been added to the orchard.
Bryant Pecan Company opened in Ada in 2002. In 2013, the store was moved to the farm to focus on pecan cracking, buying of pecans and a retail storefront offering pecans, a wide range of candy, gift baskets and other pecan specialty items.
The Bryant family is active in the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association. Carrel and Randy have served as president, and Randy is currently serving on the board of directors. Both have been named Oklahoma Pecan Grower of the Year.
Check out this wonderful video of the Bryant Pecan family created by People's Electric Cooperative: