Very little industry
developed within the community; most that did was farm related. Sugar
beets provided a labor intensive crop for the lower, heavier soils,
more suited for potatoes and beets. Many of the area's farmers and laborers
worked at the Lehi sugar processing plant and
the Pleasant Grove cutting station until these units closed in 1924.
In 1915 the Pleasant Grove Cannery was built near the Union Pacific Railroad line; it provided an outlet for row crops, such as peas, green
beans, corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins, as well as large fruits. With the
development of freezer preservation, the cannery also served a market
for fresh-frozen strawberries. From the 1920s through the 1950s, Pleasant
Grove was a major strawberry producer, established a mid-June Strawberry
Days celebration, and became known as Utah's Strawberry City. The three-day
community-sponsored activity features parades, rodeos, carnivals, and
sports events, and draws numerous visitors. Although local strawberry
fields are now nonexistent, the city proclaims the event as the longest
established celebration in Utah.
Sheep and range
cattle were invested in by a small number of farmers at the end of the
nineteenth century. Dairies also developed, and several continue in
the area today.