History


The Zook Molasses Company started back in 1934 by M. Simon Zook filling a need for farmers to feed their livestock with quality molasses.

M. Simon Zook was raised on an Old Order Amish farm in Honey Brook, PA. Sim decided early in life that there had to be a better way to earn a living than plowing fields, so he left the Amish lifestyle with a sixth-grade education. At the age of 25, he began M. Simon Zook Company with encouragement and help of his wife Elsie. He traveled from farm to farm grinding feed and baling hay. He was able to stay ahead of the competition by flying his airplane over the fields to see who was going to be ready to bale next. He would then arrive on their farm the next day ready to bale their hay.

M. Simon Zook Grain & Roughage Grinding

M. Simon Zook on right

Eventually, he started mixing molasses with the feed to make the feed taste better to the animals. Sim, becoming very frustrated at the inconsistency of molasses deliveries, decided to travel to Baltimore, MD himself to pick up the molasses. This began a new aspect of the business which led to the formation of the Zook Molasses Company.

The company motto has always been “service with the best quality molasses.”  Since the beginning, Zook Molasses has been serving the agricultural industry with liquid and dried feeding cane molasses and today now offers organic molasses, oils, and blends as well.

Along with Good Food, Inc. and L&S Sweeteners, the Zook Molasses Company is continued today by Sim and Elsie’s daughter, Sally (Zook) and her husband Larry Martin.