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Scott brothers honored with award by Food City

Two sons have received an award named in memory of their father.
According to information released last week by Food City, Steve Scott and David Scott were presented with the Wayne Scott Memorial Grower of the Year Award during the company’s recent Local Grower’s Appreciation Luncheon in Abingdon.
Food City created the memorial award in 2007. According to the company, Wayne Scott was one of the first local growers to partner with the supermarket chain. The partnership has continued for more than 13 years.
The award was named in his memory for many factors, including his leadership, passion for his business and dedication to delivering the best produce possible.
“Scott Farms was among the first to partner with our company and Scott’s Strawberries continue to be one of our most sought after products,” Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer said. “Wayne Scott was one of the finest, most honorable men I have ever had the privilege of doing business with. We thought it befitting to honor his memory and dedication to the agricultural industry with this annual award.”
Wayne Scott founded Scott Farms in 1959. Sons, Steve and David, spent most of their childhood working in the fields and delivering produce with their father.
Steve earned a degree in horticulture at Virginia Tech. David earned a degree in agriculture at the University of Tennessee.
By 1980, the brothers were partners in the family business. They helped the company expand beyond growing tomatoes and strawberries to include half-runner beans and sweet corn.
More than three decades later, Steve and David continue the legacy of their father and maintain the high standards the family business was founded upon.
Since its inception, the Wayne Scott Memorial Grower of the Year Award has honored one outstanding local grower each year.
“We pride ourselves in selecting the best possible products for our customers,” Smith also said. “Our local farms are known for producing some of the finest products in the country. Buying locally is the logical choice. It provides our customers with the freshest produce possible, while lending additional support to our local economies. In many instances, our locally grown produce arrives at the store the same day it was picked. It simply doesn’t get any fresher than that.”
According to the company, Food City purchases an average of $6,000,000 in fresh produce from local growers annually. Produce is purchased from local farms in Unicoi, Blount, Grainger, Hawkins, Jefferson and Sullivan counties in Tennessee
“We enjoy a great partnership with a variety of local farms,” Mike Tipton, director of produce operations for Food City said. “And we are proud to be the exclusive retail outlet for a number of them and of course our customers love the added convenience.”
Items purchased from local growers include tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, cabbage, half-runner beans, okra, peppers, squash and more.