Jul 18, 2019
South Carolina farmer of the year grows vegetables

Sidi Limehouse of Rosebank Farms
Photo: SunBelt Ag Expo

The Sunbelt Ag Expo recently named fruit and vegetable grower Sidi Limehouse its 2019 South Carolina farmer of the year.

Limehouse studied Agricultural Engineering at Clemson University and graduated in 1960, according to a press release from Sunbelt Ag Expo. Today, he operates Rosebank Farms on sixty acres of leased land that produces over fifty crops including fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Most of the crops are sold to GrowFood Carolina, a local food distributor specializing in selling directly to Charleston restaurants and local grocery stores and suppliers.

“Rosebank Farms is known throughout our area and by chefs as a unique farm that displays consistency and quality,” Limehouse said.

For the last thirty years, Rosebank Farms has also operated its road-side stand in various sequential locations, open from April through December; sales represent 80 percent of the enterprise’s total revenue. Over the last several decades they’ve sold produce, flowers, and other products at many farmers markets around the county and currently sell at the Folly Beach Market during the summer months.

As the South Carolina winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo award, Limehouse will receive a $2,500 cash award and an expense-paid trip to the Sunbelt Expo from Swisher International of Jacksonville, Florida, a $500 gift certificate from Southern States cooperative and a Columbia vest from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply. Limehouse is also now eligible for the Expo’s overall Farmer of the year contest.

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