New owners will pick up where Pat Ruter left off

After five years on the market, the Oregon Candy Farm — about five miles east of Sandy on Highway 26 — is under new ownership, and will again turn out the confections that made it a favorite since 1933.

Originally based in Portland, the candy farm moved to its present location in 1974. Pat Ruter and her late husband, Don, bought the company in 1978, selling more than 100 types of candy, from brittle to marshmallows, through catalogues, walk-in business and wholesale orders.

The 3,000 square foot factory has been idle since 2008, but with the new owners, the smell of confectioner’s glaze should soon fill the air again.

“They’ve registered the name, and they have a young man who’s a chef who will become the candy maker,” said Ruter.

The new owners, the Povich family, are from California.

Ruter left everything in place at the candy farm. All the equipment, tools and gadgets are ready to go, so it’s essentially a turn-key business for the new owners.

Representatives for the Povich family were not available for comment at press time.

What the sale also means, beyond the sweets, are jobs for the area. Ruter said she employed between six and 10 people at the candy farm. She said she finally decided to sell the company only because she said it was time to hang up her apron.

“I’m 71 years old,” she said. “Aren’t you supposed to retire by then?”

Nonetheless, Ruter holds fond memories for the farm.

“I do miss the customers and I do miss the wonderful fragrances,” she said. “And the smell of the chocolate. It’s addictive.”

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