Carolina Fresh Farms began as a row crop family farm. Returning from the war in the late 1940’s, John A. “Tony” Fogle, with less than 100 acres, began farming cotton, corn and soybeans. Over the years, he purchased vast amounts of land and in the 1960’s was approached by a county agent who requested that Mr. Fogle plant “some coastal Bermuda to cut for hay.” It wasn’t long before he had amassed more than 1,500 acres of coastal hay. In the late 1970’s, the family began modernizing their hay business by adding a pellet mill, which turned hay into pellets. Eventually, however, producers started growing their own hay to feed to their cattle. As a result of the declining market for hay and more and more producers getting out of the cattle business, Carolina Fresh Farms began using the hay to grow mushrooms. However, competition was fierce in the mushroom business and the Fogle family found themselves “hunting sales.” Although Carolina Fresh Farms still sells 13,000 to 14,000 pounds of mushrooms to the South Carolina State Fair each year for their fried mushroom concession, sod production is the farm’s main focus today.
THE FARM TODAY
Between its main operation in Neeses, South Carolina and a smaller farm in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, Carolina Fresh Farms is one of the largest producers of sod in the South today. With more than 3,000 acres of irrigated land, our farms produce six varieties of turf including Tifway 419 Bermuda, Carolina Blue II Fescue, Centipede, Palmetto St. Augustine, Palisades Zosia and Royal Zoysia. Our turf grass can be cut to order so that you get the absolute, freshest grass possible.
Carolina Fresh Farms employs only the newest technology and most advanced research throughout the growing process to produce a superior, higher quality sod.
We believe purchasing sod should be as beneficial as it is enjoyable. Our team intends to help you select, install and maintain your new lawn as if it was our own.
Located between the two railroad towns of Neeses and Norway, South Carolina, the Neeses farm produces the majority of the sod grown and distributed. Because of its mild winters and fertile soil, the climate is excellent for growing premium sod.
The Neeses farm is also a distribution center for Lebanon Turf products, sod, hay and compost that are shipped daily to outlets in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
Green Creek Farm
Located in the foothills of the Western North Carolina mountains along the Green River, our Green Creek farm produces approximately 100 acres of premium sod. The cooler summer temperatures and fertile river valley allow Carolina Fresh Farms to harvest our select Carolina Blue II Fescue year round.
Farm to Outlet
The first retail outlet opened its doors in Columbia, South Carolina in the 1980’s for the purpose of distributing sod to homeowners and also landscapers. In the mid-1990’s, a second location opened in Duncan, South Carolina. Today there are a total of six retail outlet locations throughout South Carolina: Aiken, Anderson/Greenville, Charleston/Summerville, Columbia, Greer Spartanburg and Rock Hill. At every location, you’ll find in-stock or to-be-ordered sod, premium mulches, gravel, pavers, top soil, Lebanon Turf fertilizers and chemicals and more.
Although Mr. Fogle still climbs on his beloved bulldozer nearly every day to clear land, by his side at the business’ headquarters is his grandson, CEO Andy Fogle. Stepping into his grandfather’s shoes, Andy looks forward to a future full of promise and expansion. And, like his grandfather, he is steadfast on providing superior sod and superior service.