Tom Schwartz receives Award of Excellence

May 24, 2023

By Peggy Johnson

Tom Schwartz is still in business and going strong. He and Nancy James re-opened Hawkins Orchards, Rt. 37 South, Dix, in April of 2023. Tom said he and the girls missed their customers. “It’s not for the money but for the fun. It’s in our hearts and we love it.”

Schwartz was recently recognized and awarded by the Illinois Specialty Growers Association. The association gave Schwartz their Award of Excellence for his 50 years of dedication to helping the community, his continued support to the organization, and his advocacy to agriculture. He was also recognized by Southern Illinois University of Carbondale as Horticulture Alumnus of the Year 2023.

Tom said of reopening Hawkins Orchards, “It’s fun to be back into it. Things are good.”

Tom Schwartz is pictured above.

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