The Carolinas

farmer holding beets and basket

Together, North and South Carolina offer a delicious variety of produce—from beets to blackberries, and cabbage to corn. The growing season varies and typically lasts from June through August. A few of our growers are highlighted below.

Flavor 1st Growers and Packers

Kirby Johnson, an eighth-generation farmer, is one of three partners of Flavor 1st Growers and Packers. He and his team provide Publix with high-quality tomatoes, squash, and green beans from North Carolina farms throughout a growing season of July through October. All Flavor 1st facilities are PrimusGFS-certified to ensure high levels of food safety.

Cottle Farms, Inc.

This third-generation family-owned and operated farm is located in Faison, North Carolina. Ron Cottle grew up helping his parents on the farm, and after graduating from North Carolina State University in 1987, he returned to Faison and took over operations. Today, they have become a leading supplier of local produce including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, muscadine grapes, and a variety of vegetables.

Vertical Roots

Andrew Hare and Matt Daniels entered the hydroponic farming industry by experimenting in a small, rented warehouse space. Vertical Roots, an idea that started on a napkin, quickly grew into a business when they joined forces with Tiger Corner Farms and Boxcar Central. The Charleston-based company uses retired shipping containers to create indoor, automated hydroponic farms. The climate-controlled environment allows them to grow leafy greens year-round. Varieties include red oak, green oak, butter, romaine, and red butter lettuces, and arugula.

Titan Farms

Titan Farms is a family operation, with owners Chalmers and Lori Anne Carr overseeing the business. The pride and ownership of Titan team members—including family members and long-term employees—can be seen in their work every day and are reflected in the quality of the peaches they produce for Publix.

Walter P. Rawl & Sons

Co-founders Walter and Ernestine Rawl established this farm on their wedding day in 1925, starting a family business that continues to grow while providing quality fresh products. In addition to growing delicious beets, collards, kale, onions, leeks, turnips, and herbs, the farm is dedicated to providing opportunities for their team members and supporting local communities.

See our sourcing philosophy to understand where Publix gets our produce—and why.