Welcome to Steele Plant Company, LLC!
Steele Plant Company was founded in 1953 in Gleason, Tennessee by Claude Steele and Dudley “Butch” Sanders. Claude was a produce man and Butch was a school teacher. At first, the potato farm was designed to be a second income for the pair, but it quickly became a full-time business and family tradition.
Today, the Steele family continues this tradition … even the youngest members of the family helping out. The Steele Plant mission continues to be “provide the best quality sweet potato plants and the best service possible.”
We are no longer shipping for 2018. We will be in the fields for the next few weeks, setting our own crop of sweet potatoes. Please feel welcome to contact us with any questions about your harvest and storage. Remember when harvesting your sweet potatoes to not wash them. Just brush off the dirt, place in an aerated container, and store where the temperatures are NOT below about 55 degrees. A good storage place would be in the bottom of a closet or pantry. When you select a potato for cooking, try to get one from the top and not rummage through the container as each time the potatoes are moved or turned over, the chance for spoilage increases. Old folks say that the sugar settles in the bottom of the potato and if it s turned over, the sugar will go back through, causing, it to ruin. Sweet potatoes will last through the whole winter or even until your next harvest if carefully stored.
Thank you and please let us know if we can help in anyway!