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Our Story

3rd Generation Family-Owned Business

TEXAS grown and TEXAS proud!
The orchards of Surratt Farms are nestled in the upper Rio Grande Valley, about twenty-five miles east of El Paso. Originally planted as a windbreak, the first pecan trees were cultivated in 1955. Our climate and elevation produce some of the best pecans in the world, with minimal intervention. We enjoy long, hot summers, abundant river irrigation, and cold winters. Our orchard management includes pruning, nutrition, and the knowledge and expertise that only comes with three generations of hands-on experience.

Sun Valley Pecan Company, Inc. is a state-of-the-art pecan shelling facility located in Fabens, Texas. Built in 2002, it has the capacity to shell up to 25 million pounds of pecans each year. Michael works with other pecan growers to shell, package, and deliver millions of pounds of pecans WORLDWIDE! Sun Valley Pecan is SQF L2, AIB, Kosher, and Organic certified, and is the area’s largest employer outside of the county.


About The Owners

Michael Surratt is a third generation farmer. As a child, he started working in the fields and orchards at the age of 7. After graduating high school and attending Texas Tech University, he returned to the farm help his parents. He took over operations for Surratt Farms in 2000 and opened Sun Valley Pecan in 2002. Besides life on the farm, Michael is also an avid racing and gun enthusiast, with investments in both. Michael’s “always do the right thing” mentality, combined with his generous support for education and youth outreach has cemented his legacy as a honest and outstanding leader.

Angela Jolene Surratt is a native west Texan. While attending college, she began work in the telecommunications industry. She moved to El Paso in 2004 and started the first of several successful businesses. In 2014 she began consulting Sun Valley Pecan in the areas of regulatory compliance and quality assurance. She's very involved in community outreach and in local politics. She's also an avid runner. As a two time cancer survivor she’s a strong advocate for cancer awareness and research. Her kindness, compassion, and fearlessness have made her a leader in both business and within the community.  

Combined, Michael and Angela have six amazing children ranging in ages from 13 to 23!

They also have 6 dogs, 5 grand-dogs, and are BLESSED to be living the AMERICAN DREAM!

“ The right thing to do will always be the right thing to do, and if you live your life according to that principle God will bless you in ways that only HE can"

Michael W. Surratt

“The secret to a good life is to figure out what makes you happy and do it- on purpose and with purpose!”

Angela Jolene Surratt 

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