This website is about the farmers, gardeners and farms in Florida and Southeast United States that supply food to restaurants, breweries, distilleries, vineyards, families and other individuals that crave fresh, locally grown ingredients.
I have been an underground farm-to-table journalist for six years and have spent countless hours travelling around Florida and Southeastern United States gathering stories of these hard working people and their supporters.
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Davidson, NC—Rowland’s Row Farm has delicious pastured poultry eggs. These eggs have a delicate buttery flavor with no sulfur aroma. Rowland’s Row Farm, an 18-acre property, started in 2010 with the help of wife/co-farmer Dani Rowland, grows USDA certified organic vegetables.
I met farmer Joe Rowland back in March of this year at the Saturday morning Davidson Farmers’ Market in Davidson, North Carolina.
Rowland said he had 300 hens that he moved to fresh pasture every two to three weeks. He also said his hens were not certified organic but they were antibiotic-free.
I bought one dozen eggs and some sweet potatoes. Both were delicious.
The farm also raises pastured meat birds that are available fresh from now until November.
If you want to learn more about Rowland ‘s Row Farm’s produce and where you can buy their products then go to their website www.rrfarmnc.com
You can also contact Joe at (704) 575-4915 or email@example.com
Davidson, N.C.--Farmer Brad Hinkley grows wheat in North Carolina. He grows many other things at Coldwater Creek Farms but for the past few years he's been growing hard red winter wheat using organic practices. I interviewed him at the Davidson's Farmers Market in April.
He used to be a certified organic farm so he knows what he is doing. He has 18-acres of wheat that up until recently he had ground at a local restaurant.
"I bought a mill to grind our wheat," he said with a broad smile that lit up his bearded face. He also grind grits.
If you want to try his products you can either go to the Saturday morning Farmers Market in Davidson, find a restaurant in Charlotte using his products or contact Hinkley at (828)406-0849.
He'll sell and ship them to you if you pay for them and shipping.
I think these grits could easily compete with Anson Mills Grits.
Who says onions are only good for eating. According to Melissa Polk, owner of Wild Faerie Caps, they are also good for dying fiber and wool, or at least the dried skin of onions are good for this. She uses both yellow and red onions.
I met her at a booth on Golden Acres Ranch, one of the farms participating in the 6th Annual New Leaf Market Cooperative self-driven Farm Tour.
"Dye something with onion skins then go over it with indigo to get dark green," says Polk. She adds that carrot tops work well dying fiber to a light yellow shade.
"If you want something blue. Take a blue flower and pound it on paper. Then you can use it, in any quantity," she says. Her table is covered with twisted bundles of fiber, wool and pieces of knit clothing.
She also uses bark to dye her textiles. "I've used oak bark. You have to use a lot. Simmer it in water and put the fiber in it," Polk says. The down side of using natural dyes is that one dye does not work on all types of materials. What works for wool does not work for cotton or bamboo. And natural dyes fade except for black walnut.
"Black walnuts will dye everything. If you need anything brown, use this natural dye, it's permanent." Polk says picking up a bundle of wool that is a light brown color.
"Someday I will have a dye garden," she says.
She sells her fibers and yarn even though it is not profitable. She says spinners appreciate the time it takes to make the fiber. "Mostly I spin to knit with and not sell. I sell online to feed my addition so I can spin more," she says with a big smile.
To find and purchase Wild Faerie Caps online go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/WildFaerieCaps