Brothers Kelly and David Holden are legendary in the Southeastern area of North Carolina known as NC’s Brunswick Islands. You can find them just down “the Four Mile Road” from Ocean Isle Beach on nearby Highway 17 at Holden Brothers Farm Market – a Family Farm passed down from generation to generation since 1756!
The brothers farm originated from a land grant to their ancestors, the Brooks Family, from King George the 2nd in 1756.
The Holden’s, and their ancestors, have been farming this land for over two hundred years, earning it the distinction of being a Bicentennial Farm.
It is the 9th oldest farm in North Carolina that has remained in the same family.
Prior to 1984 the land was predominately used to grow tobacco. Sensing that times were changing, the Holden Brothers decided to begin to growing produce.
The first Farm Market was a open market at the corner of Ocean Isle Beach Road (4 Mile Road) and Highway 17.
In 1991 the brothers constructed an enclosed market, which has become a landmark of the area, at their current location near mile marker 10 of Highway 17.
In order to offer their customers variety, the Holden Brothers supplement their stock with out-of-season fruits and vegetables from other farms in North and South Carolina.
Purchasing locally grown produce is a boost to local economy and an environmentally friendly choice as there is less gasoline consumption and packaging involved. Since it doesn’t have to travel hundreds of miles before it gets to its consumers, the locally grown produce is significantly fresher and better tasting than that purchased at your neighborhood grocery store.
It is a sizable enterprise with all of the farming to do and then and there’s the running of the store so the brothers, Kelly and David Holden, divide up duties:
Kelly Holden is responsible for managing the crop production on the farm. Successful crop production involves numerous complex skills as well as ample knowledge of biology and agronomy.
The process begins with the preparation of the soil; the land has to be tilled and weeded prior to planting. Once planted, the crops must receive adequate nutrition and protection from pests throughout their life cycle.
A complex system of irrigation and drainage is essential to producing a successful harvest. Keeping the crops healthy is a delicate balance, too much, or too little, of any of the components can cause the crops to fail quickly.
The brothers are currently farming 250 acres of land, all of which is overseen by Kelly.
Kelly’s brother David is responsible for managing the market operation and customer service side of the business, which is no small task.
He runs both their wholesale and retail operations with an emphasis on southern hospitality and small town charm. While most of their produce is grown on their own farm, David supplements his stock with fresh produce from other farms in both North Carolina and South Carolina.
This ensures that customers are offered a wide variety of fruits and vegetables without having to make any extra stops.
A piece of the earth is good for the soul and when it comes straight from the heart, you know that it’s good for the spirit!
At Holden Brothers Farm Market, patrons get delicious, fresh and never frozen produce right from local farms!
Holden Brothers Farm store beats out your typical grocery chain as they offer a great selection of vegetables and fruits throughout the season.
In the spring time, come to Holden Brothers Farm Market for a broad selection of leafy greens, English peas and pick-your-own strawberries.
During the summer months, enjoy country favorites such as squash, corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, peppers and cucumbers.
The fall brings colorful selections with pumpkins, Scuppernong and Muscadine grapes, gourds, Indian corn and pick-your-own tomatoes. The harvest list is extensive, even carrying fresh flowers and decorative produce to accentuate your home and dishes around the holidays.
At Holden Brothers Farm Market you can be a part of a traditional past-time where families have taken their children to pick ripe, juicy strawberries!
Holden Brothers Farm Market also sells local honey, jams, jellies, preserves and apple butter as well as southern favorites such as chow-chow, stone ground grits, hoop cheese, boiled peanuts and more!
With so many things available that are exclusive to Holden Brothers Farm Market, you’ll find yourself picking up items for more than just a special occasion.