Rice farming returns to NC after 120 years. Now the heirloom Carolina Gold Rice is grown in Pamlico County and sold just a few miles away at the Nautical Wheelers store in Oriental, NC. Rice grew in the Tidewater lowlands of the Carolinas up to Norfolk from the late 1600s to the early 1900s when hurricanes and the beginning of widespread commodity farming ended rice farming on the east coast..
The Rice Men Cometh
The Rice Men, Al Spruill and Tommy Wheeler, like to say they have the "Best Rice Farm in North Carolina", then with an honest grin, admit that "it's the only rice farm in North Carolina." The Rice Men with the help of some friends and family have prepared the land and growing rice like your great great grand parents would of have eaten and enjoyed. “We don’t grow it because it’s easy. We grow it because we believe you deserve it. It’s too good not to share”