- Cottle Farms History:
In 1964, Ned A. Cottle planted his first patch of berries in Faison, North Carolina, for the fresh market up the East coast. Mr. Cottle saw a demand for strawberries, and decided to increase his production. He began growing two acres of strawberries at a Goldsboro, North Carolina location, which was his first "U-pick" farm. The market for "U-pick" berries gradually increased as did Mr. Cottle's desire to meet that need. He also noticed that there was more money and less risk in "U-pick" farms than in growing berries to be sold commercially because California was rapidly taking over the commercial sales of strawberries. So he continued to plant other "U-pick" farms in other areas, including: Kinston, Jacksonville, Dunn, and Lumberton, North Carolina.
Ned Cottle's son, Ron Cottle, grew up helping his father on the farms. In 1987, Ron graduated from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, came back home and got into the nursery business, which is presently known as Cottle Strawberry Nursery, Inc. The nursery is based in Prince Edward Island, Canada and primarily grows strawberry plants. The nursery is one of the leading berry plant suppliers in the country. Ron also took control of the operations of Cottle Farms, the business his father began, along with the business of handling berries and produce for other farms that are in alliance with Cottle Farms. This alliance allows Cottle Farms to sell and ship the grower's products through the company, Cottle Strawberry Nursery.
Today Cottle Strawberry Nursery has broadened its horizons to growing and shipping product from other regions including other states in the United States, as well as Mexico and Chile. We are reaching out to other areas to insure that we have enough product to maintain a steady supply to our customers.
- Wholesales fruits, Wholesale vegetables, Straberry plants, specialty peppers, strawberries