Live Oak Farms Store ClosingJuly 11, 2012 No Comments
For several years now, the Woodruff community has had the luxury of purchasing fresh, home-grown products at several local farms. However, one major source of those organic products will no longer be available. Live Oak Farms, a Certified Naturally Grown, family owned and operated 80-acre farm and store, will be closing its doors at the end of July. They are currently liquidating their inventory. Ron Wilson, former Anderson County Council member and husband of the farm’s legal owner, is facing charges for running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme through his business, Atlantic Bouillon & Coin.
The farm store sells everything from goatcheese, fresh eggs, and raw milk to soy candles and organic seeds. This popular destination draws people from all over the state by conducting farm tours for groups to see heritage breed animals, old-time farm tools and beautifully restored, historic wagons.
A message on Live Oak’s Facebook page states, “After only 3 shorts years – we are saying thank you and goodbye. We love you all so much and really appreciate your unwavering support.” Many of the comments on the farm’s Facebook page reflect the loss the community feels in the imminent closing of this local landmark. Allison Schaum, store manager and daughter of Wilson, messaged the WCB and said, “We are sorry for all parties involved. We appreciate the wonderful support of our friends and hope everyone will continue to pray for everyone affected by this tragedy.”
If Wilson pleads guilty or is convicted, a court-appointed receiver will sell the farm to offset the losses of the victims. A trial is expected to begin in August.Featured