Fruit Farm History
Farm is a family farming operation owned and operated by
Sylvia and David Reddin since 1975, with three farming
locations: Main Farm, Highway Orchard and Emma’s Place
(named after granddaughter, Emmalou).
In 1977, our fruit farm took on its official name after
the birth of our first child, Suzanne, and has been known as
Suzanne’s Fruit Farm ever since. Daughter, Allison was
born 4 years later. Granddaughter Autumn’s
picture is used in all of our highway billboards.
With a tomato farmer as a father, David knew the special
feeling and pride of growing crops on one’s land and seeing
them grow. For this reason, David was drawn to horticulture,
receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of
Science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
While working on his Master’s, David did research work under
Dr. Joe McFerran, head of the Horticulture Department at the
After Sylvia and David graduated from the U of A, David
received jet fighter training in the Marine Corps,
completing the officer’s training course (OCS) at Quantico,
VA, and Marine Corps Flight Schools in Florida, Georgia and
North Carolina. He was qualified to fly in the F-4 Phantom
Jet as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO). Major Reddin later
became the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corp Reserve
Unit at Texarkana, TX.
Both Sylvia and David are now retired from the federal
government—David with 32 years in National Defense and USPS;
Sylvia with 33 years with National Defense, USDA and lastly
with the USPS as a Postmaster. (David taught agriculture at
Hampton High School for a year.) Since retiring, Sylvia and
David now have the time to put their ‘heart and soul’ into