“Let food be your medicine.” That is the motto of Sunny Creek Farms, a sprout grower in Tryon. Lee Ewing grew up in California and fell in love with sprouts while working as a driver for a sprout farm during high school. Ed Mills heard about sprouts at the age of 22 when he decided to become a vegetarian and realized that sprouts are a good source of protein. Wanting to provide high quality, nutritious sprouts for himself and others, Ed started growing sprouts in 1978.
Although they started out as fierce competitors, Ed and Lee became co-owners of Sunny Creek Farms in 1998 when food safety called both facilities to a higher standard. “We go after what is best for the consumer,” Ed said, “and Lee had just built a newer and cleaner facility that appealed to me from a quality and food safety standpoint.” Both Ed and Lee believe food safety is achievable through technology, hard work and dedication, which has led to Sunny Creek Farm’s perfect food safety record for over 22 years.