(Dec. 5) After 52 years in the produce industry, 64-year-old Sam Lipot still says nothing compares to selling produce.

After all, he met his wife through the produce industry.

Lipot retired as produce supervisor of Allentown, Pa.-based Ahart’s Markets on Oct. 21.

“I think I was in this business long enough, and I decided it was about time to spend some time with family and children,” Lipot said.

At 12, Lipot began working with his grandfather, Sam Pettello, at the family’s fruit markets in Elysburg and Marion Heights, Pa. Lipot would pick, separate and grade tomatoes to sell at the fruit stand. Lipot and his grandfather also sourced produce from the Baltimore and Philadelphia wholesale markets.

For five years, Lipot also served as a produce clerk at Weis Markets in Shamokin, Pa. For 35 years, Lipot worked at Laneco/Food Lane in Allentown, Pa. He began as a produce clerk and became a produce manager six months later. He later served as a produce specialist at Laneco/Food Lane, and trained produce clerks to become produce managers.

For the past five years, Lipot was produce supervisor for Ahart’s Markets in Allentown.