Jaemor Farms will open an 8,000-square-foot retail store in mid-July on U.S. 441 just south of Banks Crossing.
The Centennial Family Farm, which brings in more than 700,000 people per year at its current location on Hwy. 365 in Alto, will sell fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh-made pies and breads, more than 150 varieties of jams, jellies, relishes and preserves, plus fresh peach and strawberry ice cream, according to Drew Echols.
“We are a family-owned and operated business,” Echols explained. “Me, my granddad, my uncle and myself are all partners in the operation. We are a Centennial Farm. The land in Alto has been in the family 100 years. Our current market on Hwy. 365 has been open for 32 years. We’re an established market.”
The farm comprises 300 acres, with 200 currently in production. Its primary crop is peaches, for which 70 acres are dedicated, but it also produces strawberries, blackberries, pumpkins, watermelons, tomatoes, squash, corn, green beans and muscadines.
The Commerce store — located in Banks County — is just uphill from Walmart in a building that formerly housed Indian Creek Cycles.
The market and farm in Alto draw 750,000 people a year, according to Echols.
For the full story, see the June 19 issue of The Commerce News.