About Hampton Acres
Our Humble Beginnings...
Tom Hampton’s love of all Southern Traditions came about from his Amazing Mother, Naomi Hampton, who, a veritable community pillar and the very ideal of a homemaker’s dream. Naomi’s skilled ranged from custom monogrammed clothing to keep her brood looking smart to an array of cookie dough to satisfy the range of palates of voracious appetites. As the youngest of the 4 Hampton boys on a working self-sustaining farm Tom was exposed to all the secrets and precise methods to master gardening, canning, and cooking. He developed a real passion for the traditional way of life and values and it was a natural progression to his 15 year career in Law Enforcement which culminated in the position of Master Deputy.
Tom was blessed to find the love of his life, his wife, Kristi. They have an amazing daughter, Makenzie Rae who was named after Ray Hampton, Tom’s Father who served as a Master Sargent in the Air Force.
How It All Started
In 2003, after being injured in the line of duty Tom was forced into an early retirement, but after a lengthy recovery He reinvented himself and began to walk in his mother’s footsteps and became a “Mr. Mom”. One afternoon while on Cheer Dad duty all the moms were complaining about meat quality so Tom had his first entrepreneurial idea and jumped into the meat business, not soon thereafter He heard the same bell chime for pimento cheese and it sent him on a hunt thru his late Mother’s recipe book where he found a recipe and before you know it Hampton Acres Pimento Cheese was born!
His wife Kristi took the reins from there. She began marketing it, moved the operation to a certified kitchen, refined the process, and grew the distribution outlets to 15 stores including the Simpsonville and Asheville Farmers markets, little farm stores including Happy Cow creamery, Pierce town General Stores.