70 Years of Farm Fresh Food from Limehouse Produce
Apr 23, 2015
As the presenting sponsor for Eat Local Month, which was founded by Lowcountry Local First to raise awareness on the positive societal impacts of eating local food and supporting local farmers, Limehouse Produce enables LLF’s Eat Local Initiative to reach thousands of consumers across the Lowcountry. For 70 years, Limehouse Produce has supported local farmers and supplied area restaurants with fresh produce.
A major community benefactor over the years, Limehouse Produce has provided farmed produce and products to the Charleston area for over 70 years. The company has a rich and deep culinary history. Limehouse Produce Company was started in 1945 by H.B. Limehouse. In 1972, his son Jack assumed business operations at 49 Market St. The company moved to the Charleston County Market on Wappoo Road in 1976, where regional farmers auctioned their produce to individuals and businesses from surrounding areas.
Support for Local Farmers
Over the years Limehouse Produce has grown from being one of the area’s produce companies to having a 32,000 square foot facility and bringing the best products to the Lowcountry’s chefs and restaurants. This growth has been spawned by Charleston’s culinary rise and focuses on local needs. Coming from a family of farmers, the Limehouse team understands what it is like to be a farmer and works hard to care for them and their needs. This includes convenient product pick-ups so they don’t have to travel and traffic and leave their farms, educational and certification support, as well as marketing assistance. Limehouse supports over 20 South Carolina-based farms, spending over $2 million annually to support these South Carolina farmers.
Owners Andrea and Jack Limehouse know the importance of giving back, with over $80,000 in food donated each year and $75,000 in financial support dedicated to community projects and organizations. As supporters of every major culinary initiative in Charleston, including programs at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Chef’s Feast, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, as well as critical support for Lowcountry Local First’s work to cultivate the next generation of farmers. When Lowcountry Local First’s land deal feel through for Dirt Works Incubator Farm, the Limehouse family came forward to provide 7 acres for the project at their property in John’s Island, SC. This donation made it possible for a half dozen new farming businesses to have a place to learn more about farming production and business, access affordable land and infrastructure, and launch their businesses in a collaborative, supportive and lower-risk environment. In addition to support for Dirt Works Incubator Farm, Andrea Limehouse sits on the Board of Directors for LLF and the company sponsors Eat Local Month – Lowcountry Local First’s annual April initiative to raise community awareness on the positive societal benefits of eating local food and supporting local farmers.
With over 60 employees, Limehouse Produce provides good jobs to many. It’s a family and many of the staff have been a part of the company for years.