When local farmer and businessman Paul Parsons was 10 years old, he did what many young boys of his generation did - he started his own produce stand.
Armed with nothing more than a wagon and a single card table, he would sit outside every day during the summer and sell his family's produce. It was his indoctrination, if you will, into the world of farming - at least the commercial side of it.
Today, Paul and his family oversee nearly 250 acres of prime Sussex County farmland, not far removed from the entirely different tourism havens of the Delaware beaches.
The Parsons understand, as have generations before them, that southern Delaware is dominated by three industries - tourism, poultry and agriculture.
The family has become one of the major…