How are we different?

R.C. Hatton Inc. is committed to providing you high-quality produce and sugarcane … from farm to table.  We make this happen as a team, a team which is focused on the future – while understanding the importance of today. We believe in improving the community through hard work and honest business practices.  We properly care for our beautiful Florida and Georgia soils through sustainable means, so you and future generations may enjoy the finest fresh sweet corn, green beans, sugarcane, and more!

What makes R.C. Hatton Inc. different from other farms? 

Microclimate: Our 8,000 acre farm is located beside Lake Okeechobee, an area known for its rich and fertile “black gold” soil.  Protected by the warmth of the lake, the nutrient-rich soil is perfect for growing our green beans, corn, sugarcane, and, well … anything else we decide to grow. Also, during the winter, the lake creates a mild “microclimate,” and frost concerns are minimal – this allows for a long growing season and our famous, delicious sweet corn, green beans, and cabbage in the winter!

From farm to table: You can be assured that your food is carefully and safely grown. How? First, all of our corn is nonGMO. Also, R.C. Hatton Inc. is involved in the entire process, from the planting of the corn seed to the loading of the delivery truck.

Florida’s Sweetest Corn: We strive for perfection. In order to keep our Florida sweet corn tasting fresh, we are willing to put forth extra efforts. Instead of packing corn in the field like most farms, R.C. Hatton crews transport it in specially-designed, reinforced bins to the packinghouse, where it is packed to our customer’s specifications in a controlled environment which provides a much better working environment for our employees. The corn is hydro-chilled to remove field heat and to keep its sugars from turning into starch. It is then stored in a climate-controlled warehouse, where our quality control team inspects the corn to ensure that they are closed and stacked properly for the trip to store shelves and dinner plates. We offer our sweetcorn in value-added packaging, as well.

Green bean process: We thoroughly wash, sort, and then pack our green beans in either 30lb wire-bound crates or RPC’s (Returnable Plastic Containers). Also, we offer our beans in value added packaging as well.

Cabbage: Our red and green cabbage is primarily sold for processing purposes. The balance of RC Hatton’s cabbage is boxed for retail sales around St. Patrick’s Day.

Partnership:  We proudly partner with Hugh Branch, Inc. to coordinate the distribution of our vegetables to you.

Cooperative: We grow about 4,500 acres of sugarcane, and are a part of the Sugarcane Growers Cooperative of Florida and United States Sugar Corporation.