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Our Produce Has a Story That Begins at Home with Us.

Ham Farms has been a family owned and operated business since its founding in 1975. Following graduation from East Carolina University and an off-farm auditing position with Texas Pipeline Gas, Bobby Ham returned home to the family farm. At that time, Woody and Allen Ham farmed about 200-acres consisting primarily of row crops.

In the early 80’s, with high aspirations, Bobby decided it was time to diversify.  The Hams ventured into vegetable production; beginning with sweet potatoes and cucumbers.  Before long, the Ham's added a cucumber grading station, which is where Bobby's daughter, Stacy, found her interest in the company at an early age.

The Hams continued growing throughout the 80's, adding specialty peppers (jalapenos, cherries, and bananas) to their operation. Their expansion led to a bell pepper canning contract with a canning company, which would became an outlet for the Hams’ sweet potato crop. Nearly a decade later, they were farming 5,000 to 6,000 acres of vegetables and tobacco.

With operations booming and their regional recognition growing, the Hams’ built their first sweet potato packing facility in 1992 and began to
focus their energies on marketing their prized crop; the premium “Ham’s Yams.”

Today, Ham Farms Inc. grows approximately 8,500 acres of sweet potatoes, onions and cabbage; placing them among the top 25 growers in the Southeast.   With top notch facilities in North Carolina and Florida, Ham Farms  ships both nationally and internationally.

Ham Farms has come a long way from its initial 200 acres, but we sure couldn't have done it alone.

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Thu, 01/26/2012 2:19PM

Check Out this NC Sweet Potato Documentary aired on UNC TV featuring Ham Produce Company & Yamco, LLC:



Sustain and Preserve - So Much More Than Sweet Potatoes