"Life's a peach" is more than a slogan for the McLeod family of McBee, South Carolina. The McLeods operate one of the largest peach orchards in the area, growing 22 varieties on 650 producing acres on sandy loam outside the small town of McBee SC.
The orchards have been in the McLeod family since 1916. Today, Kemp McLeod represents the fourth generation to work the family orchards. He learned the operation from his father, Campbell McLeod.
It takes about 30 employees to run the farm year-round. However, during the harvest season, from the end of May to the end of August, the numbers swell to over 200. Workers can be found picking, grading, packing, and shipping millions of pounds of peaches to all parts of the U.S. and Canada. At the height of the season, a 15-hour workday is not unusual.
|Directions to the McLeod Farms Roadside Market on Hwy 151 in McBee, South Carolina
|Coming from Columbia, SC take I-20 East, Exit 98 toward Camden. From Camden take US #1 North. Take a right on Hwy 151 (South) in McBee. Our Roadside Market is 4.5 miles on the left-hand side of the road.
Coming from Charlotte, NC take 74 South. In Monroe take 601 South which turns into 151 South in South Carolina. Our Roadside Market is 4.5 miles south of McBee on Hwy 151 on left-hand side of the road.
Coming from Myrtle Beach, SC take 501 North in Florence turn right on Hwy. 52 toward Darlington. In Darlington, take Hwy. 151 North. Our Roadside Market is 10 miles north of Hartsville on Hwy. 151 located on the right side of the road.