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The story behind this Indiana popcorn snack

Learn why this farm family markets a special brand of kettle corn made from their popcorn.

Tom J. Bechman, Midwest Crops Editor

March 23, 2023

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bowl of popcorn sitting next to Tristan's Kettle Corn Popcorn bag
IRRESTIBLE SNACK: This kettle corn — grown, popped and sold by the Wagler family, Montgomery, Ind. — tastes even better than it looks. Photos by Tom J. Bechman

You know what Lay’s says about their potato chips: “You can’t eat just one.” Well, you certainly can’t eat just one handful of Tristan’s Kettle Corn, distributed by Rosedale Popcorn LLC. Your hand will automatically head back into the bag!

Perhaps even more gratifying than how it tastes is the story behind this Indiana-grown product.

“Our sister Lisa’s husband, Tristan, loved making kettle corn from our popcorn,” Wes Wagler explains. “After he passed in 2015, we decided to honor him by making and selling his kettle corn. We’re honored to share it with other people who enjoy popcorn.”

Wes Wagler holds a bag of Rosedale Popcorn while standing in front of a farmstead photo

Wes, his brothers Michael and Lynford, and their father, Dale, operate Rosedale Ag Service in Montgomery, Ind., farming and managing a Pioneer seed dealership. They also raise popcorn each year. Some of it is popped and sold as Tristan’s Kettle Corn.

You can buy popcorn at, or you can order directly by emailing [email protected]. Purchase in lots of four 6-ounce bags or 10 6-ounce bags. Bags are sealed to lock in freshness.

Learn more about Tristan’s Kettle Corn by following @RosedalePopcorn. Happy snacking!

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Midwest Crops Editor, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman became the Midwest Crops editor at Farm Progress in 2024 after serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer for 23 years. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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