It all started with a passion for growing and sourcing fruit rarely seen and included in diets. My name is Colton Drollinger, and I was attending Missouri State University when I came across a plant called Passion Fruit. It was intriguing and caught my eye, so I told my father Greg about it, and that got the wheels of the vision turning. We wanted to offer a product people in our area don’t see very often and educate them on it, and extend that across the U.S.
We put our ideas to work and broke ground in 2019, erecting our first greenhouse and filling it with Pitahaya plants, utilizing a practice known as “confinement growing.” This is placing a product in an enclosed environment, usually with higher density, and controlling every aspect of that environment to increase quality, productivity, and yields. We applied these methods to growing our very own exotic fruits.
Since completing our first greenhouse, we have been committed to growing the highest quality fresh fruits and offering them directly to consumers to obtain an experience they’ve never had before. Our every effort is geared towards making sure our products are grown with the utmost care in our state-of-the-art facilities. GC Riley & Company cares about what we do and what our customers consume.
Values held within our personal lives, extended to our professional life.
Servanthood, placing our customers before ourselves.
Never cutting corners to ensure only our best is offered.
Being good stewards of the land we are given and making it last for generations to come.
Sharing beneficial knowledge with those who seek it.
Whether with schools, or our partner farms, we strive for a unity that helps others.
Honesty, and upholding our values at all times, not just convenient times.