Joseph and Louise Daleo opened Ole Tyme Produce in November 1973 in a converted two bay filling station in St. LouisCounty. Like his parents, Sam and Rose Daleo, and his uncle, Peter Daleo, who had operated retail and wholesale produce companies, Joe was focused on quality fresh produce and service to customers. His standards were high. Joe hand-picked all the fruits and vegetables for sale in the small store. Joe and Louise knew all their customers by name. His reputation grew in the surrounding neighborhoods, and just months after opening the retail store, customers requested that Joe deliver products to their schools, restaurants, and catering operations. Ole Tyme Produce grew into a wholesale company with a retail location.
In 1983, Joe and Louise closed the retail store and relocated the company to historic Produce Row in north St. Louis City. The company originally occupied two “units” on Produce Row, but later purchased units of both sides, operating out of 6 units from 1988 to 1998. In 2001, Joan Daleo, became President of the company building upon the original foundation of integrity, excellence and quality and establishing a vision for the next generation.
In August of 2016, the company moved into its current location in St. Charles County after years of careful design and planning. The custom built from the ground-up facility with its red brick exterior highlights the companies St. Louis heritage with state-of-the-art technology to lead the company into next 50 years of fresh food distribution.
In March of 2020, Ole Tyme Produce launched otprodirect.com as a means for anyone to buy family-sized quantities of our products. This new business has grown remarkably since we started just a short time ago. We are still learning and adding new products and services every week.
Ole Tyme Produce, 3840 Millstone Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63301