SUMITON – Little Giant Produce has been in operation for as long as most people can remember. When the family business closed a few months ago. Little Giant’s Facebook quickly filled with …
SUMITON – Little Giant Produce has been in operation for as long as most people can remember. When the family business closed a few months ago. Little Giant’s Facebook quickly filled with comments from people that were disappointed at the news.
“Where will I get my Mississippi sweet potatoes?” Jilda Watson asked. It was the only store in Sumiton where customers could buy quarts of fresh raw honey.
Thanks to Lee Leatherwood, the business reopened the doors for business on Dec. 1.
Leatherwood grew up just outside of Rainbow City near Gadsden, and his granddad had a produce stand. “I grew up working with produce, and I’ve missed it,” he said.
He went in a different direction when he got older, but when he and his wife Cassie got the opportunity to take over the Little Giant, he felt that it was the right thing to do.
“It gave me a chance to get back in touch with something I enjoy doing,” Leatherwood said.
The Little Giant plans to carry a full line of fresh produce, along with the Amish jar goods and the local honey. “Everybody is fond of the local honey,” he said. They also carry flavored ciders, jams, jellies, pickles, and relishes.
“We’re working on fruit baskets for the holidays right now,” he said adding that Little Giant is carrying Grandma’s Fruitcakes for the holidays.
John Phillips — who is the brother of Chris Phillips, the former owner of Little Giant — is working with Leatherwood. “We still have family working here,” he said.
Little Giant will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m.
“Our goal is to be consistent in what we do,” Leatherwood said. “We want to do as much locally-sourced produce as we can,” he said.
During the winter, that’s usually not feasible, so they have to get their produce from the Farmer’s Market in Birmingham. This has advantages because it gives them access to things they can’t get around here, according to Leatherwood.
The business' Facebook page is facebook.com/littlegiantsumiton. The phone number is 205-648-5626, the same number that the previous owners used.
Leatherwood said that Little Giant will offer flowers, ferns, and shrubs in the spring and summer. “We’ll be back in the flower business when the season comes around,” he said.
“We are glad the Little Giant has reopened,” Howard Smith said. “They offer the vegetables in quantities that we need instead of the prepackaged varieties found in most supermarkets,” he said.