About the Marks Family
The Marks Family, owners and operators of Belmont Peanuts of Southampton, have been in Agribusiness for many generations. Our family is proud to belong to a select group of farmers in our area that remain loyal to producing the Virginia type peanut – a peanut that has become world renowned. Located in Southampton County, Virginia also known as the “Heart of Peanut Country,” our family is committed to growing, harvesting and processing an exceptional peanut to share with others all over the world. Our philosophy and commitment at Belmont, is to promote and provide the freshest, most delicious, hand cooked Virginia Gourmet Peanut and peanut products on the market. We live in a rural area, we work the land to preserve a way of life that we treasure and we’re passionate about wanting to share our products in order to treat you with that “Great Fresh Taste from the Country!”
The History of Belmont Peanuts
In 1993 Belmont Peanuts of Southampton, Inc. was launched. It all started with an idea that Bob and I had – we had a vision of starting a peanut company and wanting to promote a product that our family has produced and believed in for generations. Mail order seemed to be a good fit as it allowed me flexibility and time for growth while being at home with our children. The basement of our home seemed like a likely place to start out.
The product was without a doubt – peanuts! I grew up on a farm in northeastern North Carolina where my father grew peanuts each and every year. As a young girl, I watched my father plant his crops, cultivate them through the growing season and finally prepare for the harvest in the fall. Bob, my husband, and his brother Mike, are also in the your agricultural business and yes, peanuts are a regular crop even today. We live in an area called the “Heart of Peanut Country.” It is this area, southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina that produces the “Virginia Type Peanut” that is so well known. We wanted to share what we, along with other area farmers, grow with pride.
The original structure of our home which is named “Belmont,” dates back to 1790 and is on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register for Historical Places. My family and I thought it would be appropriate to associate its historic name with quality peanuts that have played such an important role in Virginia’s history – consequently our business name became Belmont Peanuts of Southampton, Inc.
Just as our family grew and matured, our business took off! In 2004, David Peck joined the company. David had been around the peanut business from a very young age and knew how to cook a great peanut. David has been a tremendous asset to our company. As a result of our growth, and with David’s help, we transitioned from our home office and moved into a facility on the farm.
By 2017, all 3 of our children, Robert, Megan and Kelly had returned home to the farm and joined the company. Each one has a vital role in the day to day operations of Belmont Peanuts.
As of 2019, our company grew once again. We took a leap of faith and expanded by building a completely new facility. In addition to an all new plant, we incorporated a beautiful Retail storefront, a Delicious Deli and office complex located on Highway 58, Courtland, VA.
Our company’s success is attributed to our wonderful customers sharing our products with their friends, families and associates. Word of mouth really is our biggest advertiser. Over the years we have developed many special friends all over our country and abroad. We appreciate your business and strive each day to provide exceptional Virginia Gourmet Peanuts and peanut products. Our peanuts are always cooked to perfection with the intent of treating your taste buds to that “Great fresh taste from the country!”
We live in a rural area, working the land to preserve a way of life that we treasure. On the farm, Bob and Mike not only grow peanuts. Our other crops include cotton, corn, soybeans and even watermelons. Each crop is grown under their watchful eyes with careful attention given to good environmental practices. Our livelihood depends upon the quality of products that we produce and market all over the world.
Freshness, quality and customer service is our commitment every day. We love what we do – we believe in what we are promoting – we enjoy talking with our customers. Our doors are open to opportunities that help promote the Virginia Type Peanut and peanut products.
We really are down on the farm – please stop by for a visit – we’d love to meet you and show you around. If you are new to us and are contemplating ordering our products – go ahead – we guarantee you’ll be glad you did.