2010 Family Farm Tour Brochure - Buncombe County

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2010 Family Farm Tour Brochure - Buncombe County

19McConnell FarmsDanny McConnell177 Old Dana Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28792828-692-2819 • mcconnellfarms@bellsouth.netMcConnell Farms is a multigenerational family farm. Today,Danny McConnell carries on the tradition, growing strawberries,asparagus, blackberries, micro-mix greens, vegetables, apples,nursery plants, and ornamentals in containers. The farm alsoproduces preserves and fruit butters, ciders, pumpkins, andcrafts, as well as artisan ice cream featuring local ingredients.Ice cream, fruit butters and preserves, hanging tomato baskets,nursery plants, Japanese maples, raspberries, rhubarb, andvegetables will be available for purchase.From Asheville: From I-26 take Exit 49A to Bat Cave. Follow64 East to Howard Gap Rd. Turn Right onto Howard Gap Rd.and follow 1.8 miles to a hard left onto Old Dana Rd. Go 1/10of a mile and the farm is located on your left.20Stepp’s Plants, Etc.Larry Stepp156 Arrowhead Hill Ln., Flat Rock, NC 28731828-243-5299 • steppsplants@yahoo.comThis third generation farm grows nursery plants, such asroses and shrubs; many types of produce; and raspberries,blueberries, and blackberries. During the tour, raspberriesare at their peak and ready to harvest. You can also visit thegreenhouses and gardens. Raspberries and blackberries arefor sale.From Asheville: Take I-26 East toward Hendersonville/Spartanburg. Take Exit 53 / Upward Rd. Turn left onto UpwardRd. Travel 1.5 miles. Turn right on Jackson Loop Rd. Travel0.2 miles. Turn right on Arrowhead Hill Ln. Follow to the farmat the end.M A D I S O N21Bee Tree Farm and VineyardRon Gagliano246 Bee Tree Rd., Marshall, NC 28753828-680-9496 • rgrg1@verizon.netSee the organic garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, the winemaking process, and hydroponic production. Visit tipis and ayurt as well. A number of types of pesto, tomato sauces, fruitpreserves, and red pepper spice will be available for purchase.Stay and purchase an Italian agritourism lunch, including pasta,pesto sauces, sausages, meatballs, sandwiches, and more. Orenjoy a picnic on the property.From Asheville: Take I-26 West to Exit 11, Mars Hil /Hwy.21. At the exit stop sign, turn left onto Hwy. 213 West. Travelapprox. 3.5 miles to Bone Camp Rd., and make a right. TakeBone Camp Rd. for approx. 2.4 miles to the end. Make a leftonto East Fork Rd. (There is no sign.) Take East Fork Rd.approx. 7 miles to Bee Tree Rd. and make a right. Go 0.2 milesand turn right onto the property and follow the signs.622East Fork FarmStephen and Dawn Robertson215 Meadow Branch Rd., Marshall, NC 28753828-206-3276 • eastforkfarm@main.nc.uswww.eastforkfarm.netEnjoy hands on time with newborn lambs, newly hatchedchicks, and adorable bunnies. Stroll through pastures andobserve the sheep and chickens benefiting from rotationalgrazing practices. Browse the farm store and take home fresh,free range chicken; superior lamb cuts; and handmade, artisanpottery. Have a picnic on the creek near the 70 year old tobaccobarn.From Asheville: Take US 19/23 North. Take Exit 11 towardsMars Hill/Marshall. Turn left onto Hwy. 213/ Carl Eller Rd. Followfor about 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Bone Camp Rd. Drive 1.7miles to where the road ends in a T intersection. Take a rightonto East Fork. Continue to Meadow Branch and turn left.23Elk Knob Farm and GardensDavid and Phillip Kendall3200 Little Creek Rd., Hot Springs, NC 28743828-622-7398 • jkanati@hughes.netAt this historic, high country farm, the Kendalls cultivateheirloom apple trees, vegetables, mushrooms, blueberries,Christmas trees, cut flowers, wildflowers, and ferns. Theirinnovative, sustainable practices will inspire home gardenersand small farmers alike. Rest in the shade of a restored, oldlog building. Follow trails from the farm and take a picnic tonearby Max Patch Bald, one of the best loved areas on theAppalachian Trail, with impressive views.From Asheville: From I-240 W, take Exit 7 / Harmon Den. Turnright at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Cold Springs Rd., agravel Forest Service road. Follow 6.5 miles to intersection withMax Patch Rd. Turn left on Max Patch Rd. Travel about 200yards and turn right on Little Creek Rd. Travel less than 1/4mile. The farm is on the left. Look for a log house.24Farm House BeefCarolyn Bradley978 Piney Grove Rd., Marshall, NC 28753828-713-7688 • wgtsnrun51@bellsouth.netwww.farmhousebeef.comFarm House Beef is a picturesque, 130 acre family farm. Seehumanely raised, grass fed, antibiotic and hormone free Anguscattle and calves grazing. (The greatest number are visible8:00a.m.-11:00a.m. and 3:00p.m.-7:00p.m.) Learn aboutrotational grazing and preparing beef. Beef charts, cookingdemonstrations, and take home recipes are offered. Drinks,burgers and barbeque from the farm’s beef, and all cuts of beefare for sale. You may preorder meat online.From Asheville: Take Patton Ave. west to Leicester Hwy.(Hwy. 63) and turn right. Travel approx. 13 miles to Hwy.1001(Meadows Town Rd.) and turn right towards Marshall.Travel approx. 3 miles and take a left on Piney Grove Rd. Stayon the paved road until you come to a dead end in approx. 1mile.From Marshall: Starting at the court house on Main St., takeBailey’s Branch across the river. Continue on Bailey’s Branchfor approx. 6 1/2 miles to Piney Grove Rd. Turn right on PineyGrove. Stay on the paved road until you come to a dead endin approx. 1 mile.25New Direction FarmDavid Walls5335 East Fork Rd., Marshall, NC 28753828-206-0495 • newdirection@aol.comwww.newdirectionfarm.comNew Direction Farm is a Christ-centered, residential school forboys and farming community. Tour vegetable and flowergardens. See cattle, horses, hogs, and chickens. Take ahayride. Eat a picnic in the shade. Browse vegetables, beef,pork, salsa, tomato butter, pickled beans, jam, cut flowers,crafts, chestnut furniture, and wood products in the farm store.From Asheville: From I-26 West, take Exit 11 / Mars Hill. Turnleft on 213. Continue on 213 through Mars Hill College, andthen for another 2 miles. Turn right on Bone Camp Rd. Travel tothe end of Bone Camp. Turn right on East Fork Rd. and travel2 miles. Turn left on Ramsey Brothers Rd. The farm is on thecorner.26Philosophy FarmKrys and Steve Crimi537 Wilson Branch Rd., Mars Hill, NC 28754828-680-9484 • ramsita@madison.main.nc.uswww.philosophyfarm.netAt Philosophy Farm, the primary product is beauty. Seeextensive gardens of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Angoragoats, Cotswald sheep, and llama provide fleece products.Philosophy Farm also has a labyrinth and various rustic shrinesto visit. Greens, plants, flowers, yarn, wool products, books,CDs, and DVDs of biodynamic gardener Alan Chadwick by Krysand Steve’s publishing company, Logosophia, are for sale.From Asheville: Take I-26 West to Exit 3, Wolf Laurel. Turnright at end of the ramp and the cross bridge to the T. Turn rightonto Route 23 South. Travel 1/2 mile and turn left onto LaurelValley Rd. at Wolf Laurel billboard. Travel 2 miles and turn leftonto Wilson Branch Rd. (dirt road). Travel 1/2 mile into woodsand turn left at Philosophy Farm sign.27Spinning Spider CreameryChris and Jeff Owen4717 East Fork Rd., Marshall, NC 28753828-689-5508 • cowen@madison.main.nc.uswww.spinningspidercreamery.comSpinning Spider Creamery is a fully licensed farmstead goatdairy offering a variety of fresh, local cheeses including freshchevre, feta, gouda, and tomme. Spinning Spider also craftsartisan surface-ripened and raw milk aged cheeses. Watchthe cheese makers at work and participate in hands on milkingdemonstrations. Visit with the milking does and play withbabies. A range of artisan cheeses are for sale.From Asheville: Take I-26 to Mars Hill, Exit 11. Go left/westat the exit onto Hwy. 213. Follow 213 for 3.5 miles from theinterstate, through Mars Hill and continuing west. At the 3.5mile mark, turn right onto Bone Camp Rd. Follow Bone Campfor 2.5 miles until it ends in a T. Turn right at the T onto EastFork and follow this another 2.5 miles until the pavement ends.The house is an A-frame on the left, just past the start of thegravel.28Sunswept Farm ConservancyDory Brown444 Beasley Cove, Hot Springs, NC 28743828-622-7145 • dory@sunsweptfarm.netwww.sunsweptfarm.netSunswept Farm Conservancy, 73 acres of protected land, isan organic homestead, cared for by craftspeople. See thehandmade house, home business, and micro-hydropowersystem. Visit horses, cows, and pigs. Take a nature walk, catchyour own trout, and enjoy bread fresh from the wood fired oven.Jelly, sorbet, ice cream, yogurt, vegetables, herbs, jewelry,pottery, and metal work are for sale.From Asheville: Take Patton Ave. west to Leicester Hwy. (Hwy.63) and turn right. Travel approx. 33 miles to Route 209. Takea right on 209 and travel for1.5 miles. Take a left on CaldwellMountain Rd. and travel for 1.5 miles. Take a left on MeadowFork and travel 1 mile. Take a left on Beasley Cove Rd. andfollow to the farm.


Event Sponsor2010 Regional Farmers Tailgate MarketssponsorsConnect with local farmers and buy the freshest local food throughout the season at tailgate farmersmarkets. Many are open on Saturday, so you can include a visit to a farmers market on your tour.Search www.buyappalachian.org for updated information on times, locations, and seasonal produce attailgate markets.FriendsBB&TNC Farm Bureau - Henderson CountyWest End BakeryThe Market Place restaurantSunny Point CaféBuncombe CountyAsheville City MarketDowntown Asheville, SaturdaysBig Ivy Tailgate MarketBarnardsville, SaturdaysBlack Mountain Tailgate MarketBlack Mountain, SaturdaysFrench Broad Food Co-op Arts & Farms MarketDowntown Asheville, SaturdaysGreenlife Sunday Afternoon Tailgate MarketAsheville, SundaysMission Hospital Tailgate MarketAsheville, ThursdaysNorth Asheville Tailgate MarketAsheville, SaturdaysRiceville Tailgate MarketSwannanoa, SaturdaysWeaverville Tailgate MarketWeaverville, WednesdaysWednesday Afternoon Downtown Tailgate MarketDowntown Asheville, WednesdaysWest Asheville Tailgate MarketWest Asheville, WednesdaysHaywood CountyCanton Tailgate MarketCanton, Tuesdays, ThursdaysHaywood’s Historic Famers MarketWaynesville, Wednesdays, SaturdaysHenderson CountyFlat Rock Tailgate MarketFlat Rock, ThursdaysHenderson County Tailgate MarketHendersonville, SaturdaysMadison CountyMadison County Farmers & Artisans MarketMars Hill, SaturdaysSundays on the IslandDowntown Marshall, SundaysTransylvania CountyTransylvania Tailgate MarketBrevard, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and SaturdaysYancey CountyYancey County Farmers MarketBurnsville, Saturdayssupport local farms & healthy foodASAP organizes the Family Farm Tour—and we offer resources to many farms,promote the markets where farmers sell, teach children about healthy foods, andso much more. Without the generosity of supporters like you, our work wouldn’tbe possible. Please make a contribution. Visit www.asapconnections.org anddonate through the secure link. Call us at 828-236-1282 for more information.

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