Sang Lee Farms, Inc. was established in the mid 1940's by Fred's Uncles, John (Kim Poy Lee), Hugh K. Lee and father, George Kim Lee. Following George's return from his Navy tour of duty during World War II, the farm began supplying New York's Chinatown with quality Asian produce grown in Melville, Long Island. The farm was expanded in the late 1950's to include year round production from Hobe Sound, Florida during the winter months. In 1964 the New York operation was moved to East Moriches, Long Island. Through the 1970's, '80's, and '90's, production and wholesale distribution expanded to Asian markets along the eastern coast from Montreal, Canada, to Miami, Florida, with many cities in between.
As the markets changed and with the passing of some family members, Fred moved the farm operations in 1987 to Peconic, Southold, on the North Fork of Long Island. The moderate climate, offered by the location between The Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, allows an extended growing season that capitalizes on the fertile, well drained sandy loam soils of eastern Long Island. During the early 1990's, the product line was expanded greatly to include specialty baby greens, herbs, mesclun and flowers.
Today, Fred and his wife Karen operate the farm with their three children and staff growing more than 100 varieties of specialty vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, baby greens, mesclun, herbs & specialty Asian greens.