Walnut Cove Farms is proud to announce our firstFarm-to-Tableevent on Thursday, July 17, 2014, featuring a delicious homemadesupper from our heirloom produce and other fresh,local ingredients.
The event will take place in a beautifulrusticsetting located right on our family-owned&operated farm in historicWaynesville, NC.
Our Farm-to-Table event will include a performance by the Darren Nicholson Band & an informal discussion on seed saving and other sustainable gardening techniques.
There is plenty to see&experience at Walnut Cove Farms! Explore the beauty of our 2014 growing season including our hops, “Three Sisters Planting” – heirloom corn, squash and beans as well as our mushroom logs.
Tickets $60/person.Bring your ownwine&spirits.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contactTara Cathey at 828.400.0115
Walnut Cove Farms is a family-ownedandoperated business dedicated to providing top-quality, organically-grown produce using sustainablepractices.
We grow only heirloom,open-pollinated crops – NO GMO’s, NO HYBRIDS!
We offer a CSA and sell weekly on Wed. & Sat. 8-noon at the Waynesville Tailgate Market – 171 Legion Drive, Waynesville, NC.
Beginning in May 2014 our outdoor event venue will be available for rent for weddings and outdoor gatherings.
Summertime in the mountains of Western North Carolina is a season filled with non-stop activity—from hiking & biking adventures to backyard barbeques & family reunions. Rain or shine, the siren songof the outdoors is simply irresistible!
What about when you want to slow down a little and savor the simple pleasures of summer? Nothing packs all the flavor and brightness of a summer afternoon quite like juicyberries fresh from the vine. One bite immediately transports me back to my childhood, trotting along behind my grandmother as she picked berries and I held the bucket.
We made jars&jars of freezer jam, jellies, marinades infused with garden fresh herbs and even sweet dumplings cooked in a boiling berry stew for a Sundayafternoon dessert. My grandmother infused each of her signature dishes with fresh flavors that can only be achieved through use of seasonal ingredients harvested at the peak of ripeness.
To inspire your own traditionsfor embracing the simplepleasures of summer, here is a recipe from my grandmother’s kitchen—infused with a twist of unexpected ingredients— that embodies the very essence of the season using localraspberriesfresh from the vine!
Note: This dish is best enjoyed from a porch, or under your favorite tree,as the summer afternoon heat gives way to twilight—at least that is the memory from my childhood that makes this tradition one worth enjoying seasonafterseason!
1 (8 oz) Container of Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 cups Sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
6 large Farm Fresh Eggs, at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose Flour
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier(can use other orange-flavored liqueur or substitute orange juice)
Zest of 1 Orange
2 Tablespoons fresh Thyme, chopped (optional)
Steps of Preparation PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees
STIR together sour cream & 1/2 teaspoon baking soda;
set mixture aside.
BEAT 3 cups sugar & 1 cup butter (softened) at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy (2-3 minutes). ADD eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
STIR together 3 cups flour & salt. Add to egg mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. BEAT at low speed just until blended after each addition. STIR in 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon Gran Marnier, orange zest & chopped thyme.
POUR batter into greased and floured cake pan
(Use 1 bundt or 2 loaf pans)
BAKE at 325 degrees: 1 hour for bundt or 35 minutes for loaf pans, or until long wooden stick comes out clean. Careful not to over bake. Cooking times vary with oven temperatures & climate conditions.
COOL in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack.
SERVE with fresh berries & sweetened whipped cream.
Cook. Share. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood Project Coordinator— inspired by her grandmother, Lucille Parker
If there is one common thread that ties all Southern people together, it is the love of a great party—especially when our heritage is the theme!
This weekend marks a series of special events in Haywood County honoring our richAppalachian lifestyle—where heritage meets modern convenience.
Come out and join us to celebrate our community, both past&present. You will discover that Haywood County, NC, is rich with cultural memory of heirloom seed saving, multi-generational farms, and a tradition of time spent at the dinner table surrounded by loved ones…and this weekend we’ve set an extra place just for you!
Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration in historic downtown Waynesville
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
10am-5pm on Main Street, Historic Downtown Waynesville
The annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration is a heritage themed event featuring mountain music, dance, storytelling, arts & crafts, demonstrations, displays, local authors, traditional food & so much more!
The event will feature specialguests: Michael Reno Harrell & Darren Nicholson Band and other local entertainment!
This event is a must-seefor visitors and locals alike!
The Shelton House at 49 Shelton Street
Saturday, June 13th & Sunday, June 14th, 2014
In conjunction with the Appalachian celebration event, The Shelton House invites you to see a living history camp, reenactments and demonstrations on Saturday at 49 Shelton Street during their 2014 Civil War Commemoration Weekend, June 13 & 14.
Come out for a day where you can experience heritage, history & fun! Enjoy lectures, Civil War reenactments, displays of period clothing, Southern Cross of Honor memorials, museum tours, BBQ, contra & square dancing for all ages!
In the evening, make plans to visit The Strand at 38 Main for a screening of “Cataloochee: A Documentary.” The film tells the story of the Cataloochee Valley, the settlers who lived there for a hundred years, and the movement to form a national park that includes this special place. From the Cherokee relationship to the land prior to white settlement to settlers themselves telling the story of their time in the valley – the documentary encompasses the universal themes of migration, settlement and loss of community.
Just as the growing season really starts to heat up in Haywood County, Skipper Russellof Seasonal Produce Farm opens a new farm stand in Bethel, called Seasonal Produce Farm Market.
The farmstand will feature product from Russell’s own 35-acre Gap Certifiedfarm as well as from other local growers. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a certification that focuses on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. According to the USDA, “a GAP approach aims at applying available knowledge to addressing environmental, economic and social sustainability dimensions for on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products.”
Seasonal Produce Farm Market is located on Hwy 276 in the heart of the historic Bethel community (just a hop skip and a jump from our “Farm to Table” partners at the Jukebox Junction Restaurant & Soda Shoppe).
Seasonal Produce Farm Market will be open Monday-Saturday, from 10am-6pm.
Pack your cooler to store all the local goodies purchased at the Seasonal Produce Farm Market and plan a day trip to the picturesque Bethel community! While you are out that way, grab one of our Find your Adventure! 2014 Agritourism Guides to see which Bethel farms welcome visitors. Or, make the adventure a whole day trip by exploring Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Cold Mountain Heritage Tour (self-guided driving tour CDs are available for purchase).
Come on out and see all the spectacular farms, products and historic markers that makes Haywood County, North Carolina, a community of UNIQUELY LOCAL opportunities!
For more info, contact Skipper Russell at 828.734.5500
Supporting Haywood County farms, locally grown products, farmlands & the preservation of our rich agricultural heritage since 2007