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Farming methods are also important to us. That’s why we attend conferences and symposia around the country to learn more about the latest trends in sustainable agriculture and are designated Appalachian Grown by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. You can rest assured that natural growing methods are always used at Jolley Farms!
We are dedicated to bringing you the kind of food that our parents, grandparents, and many generations of Jolleys before would have been proud to grow and that will also give you the satisfaction of preparing, serving and enjoying local and sustainably grown food. Dig in!
-Zeb and June Jolley
Meet the Jolleys
The first Jolley family settled in North and South Carolina in the early 1700’s in search of fertile soil. Large agricultural operations soon followed and in these parts of the country, the Jolley name brings to mind acres of bountiful fruit trees and fields of superbly grown vegetables.
There is a saying, “If it’s Jolley grown, it's Jolley good.” Zeb Jolley inherited these high standards.
Raised on a family truck farm, Zeb grew up picking peaches in his grandfather’s South Carolina peach orchard and climbing a stepladder to pick tomatoes from his father’s traffic-stopping 10 feet tall vines.
June Smathers’ farming experience was also steeped in tradition. Her grandfather owned an apple orchard in the Western North Carolina cove settled by her ancestors, and her parents raised large vegetable gardens that fed their family of five as well as half the neighborhood.
Zeb and June met in the late 70's while attending the horticulture program at Haywood Technical College, and after marrying built a successful plant farm dedicated to growing top of the line bedding plants and perennials for independant Garden Centers, Landscapers and retail customers throughtout Western North Carolina.
Interested in environmental design, Zeb returned to school in 2000 to pursue a degree in civil surveying and June accepted a position managing the greenhouses of the North Carolina Arboretum. Faced with the great resession of 2008 and finding himself unemployed Zeb returned to the farm to his true calling of being a grower.
Jolley Farms was reborn and soon area chefs from upscale restaurants were clamoring for Jolley Farms microgreens, lettuce mixes, specialty and heirloom vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. The fact that Jolley Farms uses sustainable practices was an added bonus to the superior quality and rich flavor of their produce.
Today Zeb and June, along with the dedicated staff at Jolley Farms, bring together their family farming traditions and years of growing experience to produce naturally grown, tasty, and healthy food for fine restaurants, chefs and family tables throughout Western North Carolina.