They holidays are here. I can’t stop thinking about what I get to eat next. There is so much amazing food everywhere I go. Yesterday for an Open House we made an appetizer tray with our very own Sopressata, Granny Smith apples, Looking Glass’ Chocolate Lab cheese and Roots and Branches homemade crackers. Everyone raved AND it was so simple and fast.
Whether you are entertaining or just feeding your family and guests consider us for your meat needs.
This years holiday specials include:
Beef Prime Rib: $12.50 /lb
Whole Beef Tenderloin: $19.oo/lb  quantities limited
Sopressata and Pepperoni: $8/pack
Holiday Box of Meat: $100  mixed grassfed beef and pastured pork box that will last all week

Do come by, and if you have family in town, bring them out too, show them where your food comes from. The store will be warm and we have a lot of unique, locally made gift items for under $30 as well, to start off your holiday shopping. Our store is open Wed-Sat 1-5pm, Saturdays 10-5pm, on normal weeks, year around. Below are the specific holiday hours. Thanks for thinking local for your gift and food needs this holiday season, it means alot to us.

FARM STORE -Thanksgiving Hours:
Wednesday :Nov 23rd OPEN 1-5 pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: Nov. 26 OPEN 10-5pm

FARM STORE-Christmas Hours:
Wednesday-Friday: OPEN 1-5pm
Saturday Dec 24th: CLOSED
Wednesday-Friday Dec 30th: OPEN 1-5pm
Saturday Dec 31st: OPEN 10-5pm

Asheville City Market:
December 3rd, 10th, 17th  10-1pm

Holiday Bazaar @ Chamber of Commerce Montford Ave.
December 3rd, 10th, 17th  11-3pm

The season is winding down and we are beginning to put the farm to sleep for winter. We have harvested the Thanksgiving turkeys (on a nice warm day) and the last batch of pastured chickens (not warm at all). If you’re the planning type come on over because now is the time to stock up on $3.50/lb, pasture raised, freedom rangers. I count on two chickens per month for our family which amounts to 14 birds coming up to our chest freezer to keep us fed over the next 7 months! The first chickens of 2012 will be ready to harvest in June. Chicken is the perfect reason to turn on the oven and warm up the house.
Other end of the fall season tasks include making the last of the cider, which will be available frozen through the winter, getting the barn ready for the pig herd to help us turn bedding into compost, putting the cows out on the stockpiled fescue to graze on our Rutherford County farm, mulching the blueberries, and of course getting more firewood. The always at the back of your mind task of firewood.

We did it! Certified organic apples grown right here at Hickory Nut Gap!  We will be selling our organic apples ($2.00/lb) as well as the low-spray conventional apples (.75/lb) at the farm store and at the three farmers markets we attend until they are gone.
Our fall season is upon us with the official opening on September 1st. We will be open 7 days a week from 9-6pm. New things to look for: the admission and snack cabana, baby goats, new cider making area, and 2012s upick organic berries on the hill. Our maze is growing and will be cut next week ready for families to wind their way through. Our pumpkins are getting bigger and the baby chicks are on their way. Come ride a pony on the weekends, picnic by the creek or have your special event at the farms newly enhanced party shed. Welcome to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, we hope you’ll visit soon!

Three meals in one: Baked Chicken, Chicken Salad Sandwich and Soup Stock. Make a choice to have a pastured freedom ranger for dinner tonight. You can’t go wrong at $3.50/lb. We have an ample supply of chicken right now-come visit us at the farm store (expanded hours starting Sept 1st) and pick up a chicken for dinner. The cool weather and the start of school and soccer season has brought my crock pot out of summer storage and back to its prominent place on my counter. Stuff with lemons and onions, dust with your favorite spices, add vegetables and dinner is ready. Perfect timing for a hungry family at the end of the day. Stay in touch with whats happening on the farm and weekly updates at http://www.facebook.com/hickorynutgapmeats

We are proud to announce that we have been named a North Carolina Company to Watch. This is a honor for mid-size entrepreneurial companies who have experienced growth over the past couple of years. Read the press release here:  http://blog.cednc.org/search?q=company+to+watch and see which other Asheville businesses were named as well.
Hickory Nut Gap Farm has also made it to the finals for the NC Farm Bureau, Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award. This is our second year in the finals and we are hoping to make it to the National Competition again this year. This award is given to young farmers who balance Farm Bureau involvement with family, community and the task of operating successful family farm business.

10 years and 3 kids later we have finally launched our online shopping cart, https://www.hickorynutgapfarm.com/cart/, a new convenient way to have our meat delivered to your doorstep. We have some great package deals like “Steaks on a Budget” ($60) and the BBQ Lovers ($40) as well as individual cuts available for purchse. Another great way to source local meat you can trust to feed your family right. We often hear that its hard to get out to the farm to come buy meat. No excuses people- grab your phone or your computer and cross meat off your grocery list in 5 seconds we are now open 7 days a week 24 hours a day online. Try it out, let us know what you think.  Fathers Day is around the corner, dazzle Dad with a grassfed steak or stock up the freezer for that unexpected guest you’re about to feed.

Pasture raised chicken is the perfect meat to come around the table to with family. I often roast two at a time so I can have some leftover to feed the farm crew the next day for lunch. One of our freedom rangers (that’s the breed of chicken) will feed about five people. If you’re not quite a family of five – fear not- you can easily cut these whole birds into pieces and just freeze the portion you aren’t using. The best thing about buying one chicken is it gets you three meals, dinner that night, lunch the next day and stock for soup in the freezer. You can’t go wrong! We have kept out prices the same $3.50/lb for a farm raised chicken, come on by and bring some home today. Or even come on SATURDAY during our new expanded farm store hours. Now open Wednesday through Friday 1-5 and Saturday 10-5pm. Hope to see you there or here http://www.facebook.com/hickorynutgapmeats with updates on where to get our meat each week at Asheville restaurants.

On June 25th and 26th  (1-6pm both days) Hickory Nut Gap Farm will be one of 41 farms opening their doors for a guided tour of our livelihoods. Ever wonder what a pig on pasture does, what rotational grazing is all about, or what it takes to finish an animal on grass? Stop in and learn a little more about your food, your farmer and the new exciting adventures we are planning at our farm for next season. (Shh, is an organic berry upick) Bring your cooler, we’ll have plenty of meat for sale. http://www.asapconnections.org/thefamilyfarmtour.html

Also on the tour we will be hosting child and family photographer, Jesseca Bellemare, who is offering complimentary mini photo sessions with Hickory Nut Gap Farm baby chicks on Saturday, June 25th from 1-6pm . Prints will be available for purchase through a private online gallery. View Jesseca Bellemare’s portfolio at www.jessecabellemare.com. Complimentary mini sessions are first come first serve.

As the barred owl calls: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all? Well….who does the cooking this Valentines Day?

Cook for your sweetheart, don’t miss our 14% off Valentines SALE. February 1-12th come by the farm store to receive your 14% off Steaks (Ribeye, NY strip, Filet, T-bones, Flank, Skirt) and Pork Chops. Cook your honey something nice, answer that call!