Lemmons was first introduced to peach farming when he met his wife,
The Lindleys had been farming peaches
in Cherokee County since 1934.
By 1961, Jodean began working
part-time with his father-in-law in the family-run business.
Although Daisy Lemmons had always
assisted her family in the business, it wasn’t until 1965
when her father, Jesse Lindley, died
that Jodean was asked by his mother-in-law to harvest her peach
In 1967, while maintaining and
packing the Lindley crop, Jodean decided to rent and later acquire his
Jodean farmed both his and the
Lindley orchards while using the Lindley shed and equipment to pack the
Thanks to the help of many supportive
family members, he was able to begin this
new venture at a time when his
family’s ice and coal business began a natural decline.
In 1971, Jodean built a more
packing house and began shipping under the brand name of Carolina
The family grew, picked, and
peaches through the mid-1990s.
Lemmons’ Farms’ 300 acres of
produced over 100 trailer loads of peaches per season,
employed as many as 165
and supplied peaches for resale on the roadside stands.
With conservative management,
Lemmons’ Farms has continued to
thrive even though the number of
farms in the area has declined.
Today, Lemmons’ Farms no longer
and ships peaches, but still maintains two locations that sell peaches,
homemade peach ice cream, jams,
jellies, and other peach products.
The farm leases some of the acreage
to local peach growers to guarantee that their roadside
stands are still a source for
South Carolina peaches its customers have long come to enjoy.
Lemmons’ Farms has two locations
I-85 at Exit 87 both north and southbound.
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