Below are important updates and corrections to the finished book, published in March 2011. If you notice anything else in the book that needs updating, clarifying, or correcting, please let me know, at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you visit a place you’d like to see included in the next edition of “Farm Fresh North Carolina,” tell me and I’ll check it out!
Bedford Falls Alpaca Farm in Warne (Clay County) is still in operation and still has a cabin for overnight stays, but the sad news is that the person who started and ran things, Nancy Rondeau, passed away in the fall of 2010. Her husband, Doug, and another couple will run the farm. My condolences to them all, and I hope Nancy’s vision stays alive. Bedford Falls is the state’s first alpaca farm! Info at 828-389-1345, http://www.bfaf.com/.
Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm, for now in Valle Crucis (Watauga County) will be moving to Ashe County. The Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Program’s Teaching and Research Farm will relocate probably in 2012. The expansion was made possible by a gift of 369 acres. What a windfall for this excellent program!
Greenlife Grocery in Asheville (Buncombe County) was bought by Whole Foods in 2010. For now, the name and store will stay, but we can guess what’s in store, pun intended.
Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock (Henderson County). File this one under “regrets.” I had this in the book originally and had to do major cutting for space/length. I should have kept it in, and I’ll restore it if there’s a second edition. It could go under Lodging or Dining. Here’s my text: While the setting at this historic, environmentally friendly resort is more upscale country than farmland, two of the Highland Lake Inn’s twenty-six acres are set aside for an organic garden. From spring to fall, Seasons, the on-site fine dining restaurant, plucks about eighty percent of its produce from the house garden and uses other area producers as well. Throughout the summer and into fall, the inn offers organic garden tours and lunches to educate diners and guests about how to grow, harvest, and cook the vegetables, fresh herbs, and flowers in their meals. Don’t worry, they don’t put guests to work hoeing the rows. This is a resort, after all. 86 Lilly Pad Lane, Flat Rock, 800-635-5101, 828-693-6812, http://www.hlinn.com/. $$$
Maple Creek Farm in Burnsville (Yancey County) is still tapping maples for syrup, but the mad scientist who started it all, farm manager Richard Sanders, has left the farm.
Spin a Yarn, a farm-to-yarn store in West Jefferson (Ashe County), has closed due to health issues in the family.
Square 1 Bistro in downtown Hendersonville (Henderson County) is now simply Square 1 after changing ownership in August 2011 (thanks to CarolinaEpicurean for the heads up). Rob Keener, former executive chef at Flight Wood Grill & Wine Bar, is continuing Square 1’s focus on all things local. Phew, and best of luck to him.
True Country Nature Fair in 2011 moved from Barnardsville in September to Highland Lake in October. And, well, maybe it will move again, in time and place. Latest info can be found at www.organicgrowersschool.org.
The Bradford Store, Huntersville (Mecklenburg County). ARGH… Nothing hurts a journalist worst than errors of fact. I tried so hard — so, so hard — to get info right (hello, fact checkers!) and darned if I didn’t print the wrong website for one of my favorite places in the entire state. The Bradford Store does almost all local sourcing, has its own produce garden, and wicked friendly owners. Here’s the correct URL: www.thebradfordstore.com. Please go visit them! They’re the coolest! 15915 Davidson-Concord Road,
704-439-4303, www.THEbradfordstore.com! You heard it here last.
Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse, Matthews (Mecklenburg County). After doing everything within my power to ensure that chef and early local-food promoter Tim Groody’s latest cooking venture — Flatiron Kitchen — made it into the book, Groody up and left a few months after the restaurant opened. Do they still deserve an entry in the book? That remains to be seen, and tasted.
Grateful Growers, Denver (Lincoln County). Great news from the gals at GG. In late 2010, they added a storefront restaurant to their food-cart offerings. The Harvest Moon Grille at the Dunhill Hotel in Charlotte is open for all meals, and most everything is locally sourced from Grateful Growers and other Charlotte area farms. Harvest Moon Grille is at 237 N. Tryon St. in downtown Charlotte. As of early 2011, dinner entrees ranged from $12 to $24. Make reservations at 704-342-1193.
Bistro Sofia, Greensboro, has closed. Greensboro is killing me! Two of the four restaurants I included are gone. Such is the way of food service.
Century Farm Orchards in Reidsville is just over the line in Caswell County, not Rockingham County. This also means it should have been placed in the Triangle chapter instead of the Triad. Bummer…
Elkin Creek Vineyard (Surry County) has new owners of spring 2012. Founder Mark Greene sold to two couples with ties to Blue Man Group. The owners are adding luxury cabins and hope to become a wedding venue. It’s a gorgeous area, and I wish them the best of luck!
Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market (Guilford County) has a new phone number, dangit. It’s: 336-373-2402
Krankies Local Market, Winston-Salem (Forsyth County), saw many changes in 2011. It’s now called Cobblestone Farmers’ Market and has moved to “near Patterson Avenue and Third Street.” Sorry I don’t have an actual address. It’s being run by Cultivate Piedmont, a new consortium of groups organized by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to “enhance the market and broaden its outreach programs.”
Sticks and Stones, Greensboro (Guilford County), now sources its meat from Bradds Family Farm in Randolph County. Check out the awesome pizza, with almost all local toppings. 336-275-0220,www.sticksandstonesclayoven.com.
Sweet Basil’s in Greensboro has closed, but the owners are keeping alive its “bistro” spin-off Basil’s and Co., 1310 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, 336-285-9023. I don’t know if it has the same local-f00d philosophy, however. It certainly doesn’t have the charming historic-home setting of the original site. Online at http://basilsandco.com/.
At least for 2011, the Franklin County Farm Tour, an entry in the book, is not going to take place. The Franklin County Extension service folks, which hosted the spring tour yearly starting in 2004, told me they didn’t have the funding this year. For more information, call 919-496-3344 or visit www.franklincountyfarmfresh.com. And here’s to 2012 success!
As of February 2012, the Goat Patrol in Durham, which transported goats to places needing brush clearing, has closed its doors. Don’t fear — the goats have been adopted out to loving homes!
Lynch Creek Farm, Kittrell (Franklin County). OK, this one really hurts. As a career journalist, I have spent countless hours checking and rechecking the spelling of people’s names. I listed Lynch Creek Farm co-owner as Bob Lynch instead of — argh — Bob Radcliffe. Yup, Radcliffe. That’s him. And don’t forget it. Thanks for your forgiveness, Bob! He and Kerry Carter (cq!) have a great place. Check it out, at 1973 Rocky Ford Road, Kittrell, 252-492-2600, www.lynchcreek.com.
Marco Shaw is leaving Piedmont in Durham in the summer of 2012, and Jeffrey Satterly is taking his place.
Refectory Cafe has opened a standalone restaurant and left Duke Divinity School but is still at Law School. Wow, I so loved the Divinity spot. Check out new place at 2716 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-908-6798. www.bonvivantcatering.com
Six Plates, Durham (Durham County). Regrets, I have a few…. Space limitations kept my dining listings to a certain count, but I should have included Six Plates, which is more “farm to fork” than I originally believed. I did eat at the wine bar/small-plate restaurant, spoke with my server, and did some background work. But I think I was off-target, and also my server could have been better informed. I also had a strong hunch that the out-of-the-way spot wouldn’t make it. Well, it’s survived, thrived, and does a terrific job of relying on local sourcing. Six Plates is at 2812 Erwin Road, Durham, on the back of the building, beside Nosh, 919-321-0203, www.sixplates.com.
South Estes Farmers’ Market in Chapel Hill has been renamed, appropriately, the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market. It was next to A Southern Season (an entry in the book, and where the market is mentioned), but has moved to another part of the parking lot at University Mall, across from K&W cafeteria. Info at www.thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com.
Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm: This is not a big deal (phew….), but in my County-by-County index in the back of the book, Sunset Ridge is listed as being in Orange and Person counties. Person is correct.
West Produce. Shoot, I got another county wrong, which, again, messed up the categorizing. West Produce is NOT in Cumberland, as the book says, but in Harnett County, which means it should be in the Triangle section of the book and not the Coastal. Sigh… Anyway, check out its awesome spring through fall farmstand and September/October agritourism activities. 2026 Hayes Road, Spring Lake, 910-497-7443.
Yancey House Restaurant: Sad news that this beautiful historic-home-turned-locally-sourced-restaurant in Yanceyville (Caswell County) closed in the summer of 2011.
SANDHILLS and COASTAL
The Berry Patch had to move, like so berry spots in Rockingham County have, because the roads keep growing, moving, widening, etc. And there’s now a website in honor of their giant berry-shaped shop: http://www.worldslargeststrawberry.com/. Josh Shaffer of the News & Observer wrote a great piece about the berry big move.