It is in our blood, and the passion for agriculture continues to be passed down generation after generation. The farming tradition began with John Walker Pittman who was a sharecropper and helped Moses Coleman plant the very first Vidalia Onions in the early 1930s. John Walker’s fourth born child was John Clyde Pittman, better known as Clyde. Clyde was in the army and served during World War II and the Korean War.
After the army, Clyde purchased the family’s first piece of farm land in 1955. Later that same year, he married Ruby Nan Jewell and purchased the family homestead. Clyde started off growing tobacco and raising hogs. Clyde and Ruby had five children: Jerry Clyde Pittman, Donna Pittman Lawson, Carri Pittman Moore, Timothy Mitchell Pittman, and Janice Pittman Purvis.
The family spent many hot days suckering and cropping tobacco while slowly growing the farm. Clyde developed a heart condition in the late 70s/early 80s, and Timmy came back to the farm after high school to help out his father. Timmy became a partner in the farm and helped his father grow the hog operation and began growing row crops like corn and peanuts. The family continued raising hogs and peaked at a herd of over 700 brood sows. Timmy married Patricia DiNardo and had four children: Mitchell Walker Pittman, Kyle Nicholas Pittman, and twins, Jonathan Dean Pittman and Caitlyn Pittman Cain.
The farm changed drastically in the late 90s when the hog market crashed due to the small buying markets being bought out by large corporations.Timmy now ventured out into an unknown area of agriculture which was vegetables. Timmy began growing cabbage and Vidalia Onions to help keep the farm going. He slowly gained access to the produce market and locked down a steady broker for his produce. Timmy gradually upped his acreages and built a new packing facility in 2008.
In 2008, both of Timmy’s older sons, Mitchell & Kyle, came back to join the farming operation after college. Mitchell brought back an agribusiness degree from UGA, and Kyle returned home with a wiring degree from STC. With Mitchell and Kyle now on board, the farm was able to take a big leap and double their vegetable acreage. The farm also opened a farm market on the front of their packing facility to sell fresh produce to the public. As the farm grew so did their store front. The family would begin selling only vegetables they were already growing. However, when the public began asking for other items, the farm quickly began growing specialty produce to be sold strictly out of the store front.
In 2014, Timmy’s third son, Jonathan, returned home to take over the store front. Jonathan brought back a Finance degree from UGA. The store was remodeled in 2014 and doubled its retail space. The store added numerous retro glass bottle sodas, nostalgic candy, jams and jellies, syrups, hand dipped ice cream, and many more country store items. The store also features numerous Georgia Grown and produced items.
The family, which is now on its fourth generation, offers the public over 40 different varieties of fresh produce straight from their fields. Many of these crops are offered during the spring and fall. Enjoy fresh shelled peas, sweet corn, watermelons, cucumbers, and so much more. Customers can also enjoy homegrown pumpkins during the fall season along with anything one could need to decorate for the season including ornamental corn and hay bales.
The family now grows over 1200 acres of produce and row crops each year. The current family consists of Timmy and his wife Patricia, son Mitchell and his wife Rebecca with their two children Braylin and Tatem, son Kyle, son Jonathan, and daughter Caitlyn and her husband Blake. The family thanks God for allowing them to be farmers and hopes to continue growing both their farm and family.