Roots of Success

Roots of Success

Putting in 70-plus-hour weeks has propelled CEO Alfie Oakes to top $200 million in his produce, food service and distribution, packing, shipping and retail operations. In five years, he’s gone from growing 50 acres and packing 90,000 cases of produce to 4,000 acres and 5.5 million cases, providing livelihoods to 700 employees.


This year, Alfie is poised to open a regional foodie paradise. Three years in the making, Seed to Table store and restaurant in North Naples on Immokalee Road will be a singular destination, which required special permitting attention.


“It’s not a restaurant; it’s not a grocery store,” he explains. “It didn’t fit in the boxes well,” said the founder of Oakes Farms, Alfie Oakes.


Read the full article written by Cathy Chestnut in Grandeur magazine HERE.

photo by: Amanda Inscore

  • Jo Ann Smallwood

    Hello Alfie,
    I am one of the ever loyal retail and restaurant clients of Food and Thought. I knew Frank even before he opened the store so I know the true impact and value of Frank’s work. Food And Thought has been my base or “hub” as you mention from the very beginning. I used to visit and purchase items almost daily. Now unfortunately due to a serious problem with your store I can no longer continue to do so.
    I have a most serious complaint or concern that I need to speak to you about personally. I have spoken to your managers several times about this serious problem but to no avail as the concern has not been remedied. Also I am not the only person who has experienced this problem.
    As a business owner myself I learned that a complaining customer is a hopeful customer that their concerns will be resolved. I also know you are the right person to hear this complaint.
    Jo Ann Smallwood

    December 2, 2019 at 2:47 am
  • Ann Mcclure

    I would like to have a recipe for the oatmeal cookies that were sold at the Oakes on Davis Blvd
    Better yet Id like to have the oatmeal cookies sold in the store again – the cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookes

    February 1, 2020 at 2:37 am
  • Azucena Leigh

    I saw Alfie being interviewed for a podcast. I am so impressed on how well his business is doing in spite of the pandemic.

    How I wish we could share in your goodies in California. Do you mail any of your products such as baked goods to customers outside of Florida?

    April 10, 2021 at 7:39 am
  • Mary

    I had the pleasure to be able to partner with Oak Farmes in the USDA Food Box program, the quality of the boxes were the best I have seen and I was in the program for 12 months distributing over 15,000 boxes daily. We could always count on the Farm to accomodate our deliveries since we are a non profit and a businessmen in Miami gave us a warehouse to work out of.
    Please support this business that has a BIG HEART and gives back to the community.
    Mary Diaz
    Helping Florida
    Vice President

    August 13, 2021 at 3:02 pm

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