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Asheville, NC, May 27th, 2021 – Hickory Nut Gap is excited to announce a unique collaboration with Wicked Weed Brewing to create three new mouthwatering dinner sausage flavors, all crafted using Hickory Nut Gap pasture raised pork and Wicked Weed Beer. This collaboration between two of Asheville’s top food and beverage brands has been in the works for over a year, and they’re excited to unveil these special sausage flavors just in time for grilling and beer drinking season in Appalachia.
To ensure the unique flavor profile for each new sausage was just right, Hickory Nut Gap and Wicked Weed Brewing also teamed up with a third local partner, Spicewalla, to create the perfect spice blend for each of these three distinctive flavors:
Jamie Ager, Fourth Generation Farmer at Hickory Nut Gap, states, “Hickory Nut Gap has been a part of the WNC and Appalachian communities for over 100 years. It makes me super excited to develop partnerships with like-minded brands who, like Hickory Nut Gap, also have a commitment to craft. Wicked Weed and Spicewalla are not only great companies with great products, but they are also friends in our community. Relationships are a core value at Hickory Nut Gap and this partnership is a testament to the amazing food scene here in Western North Carolina.”
Every detail of the collaboration is important, including the land these products are created on. The Appalachian Style sausage pays homage to the land now protected through conservation efforts of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. A portion of proceeds will be donated to support their efforts protecting the scenic views, mountains, rivers, and working farms that local businesses depend upon.
“This project is the culmination of years of collaboration coming together,” said Ryan Guthy, founder of Wicked Weed Brewing. “Working with both the Hickory Nut Gap and Spicewalla teams sparked a lot of imagination and innovation that allowed us to showcase part of what makes Western North Carolina so special – food, beer, and community. The opportunity to bring together local companies is something we’re honored to be a part of and can’t wait to introduce these sausages to the community we love, and just in time for summer!”
You can find these sausages for sale exclusively at the Hickory Nut Gap Farm Store and on their website with a special option to have all three sausage flavors shipped directly to your door, Wicked Weed locations, Earth Fare at Westgate, Hendersonville Co-op, Johnson Family Farm Store, and more to come. Be on lookout for exclusive chef samplings and special menu pairings at Wicked Weed locations over the coming weeks.
About Hickory Nut Gap:
Hickory Nut Gap harvests and markets crave-ably delicious grassfed and pasture raised meats that are unsurpassed in quality and nutrition. We are partners with the land – committed to renewing our soil and pastures, improving the health and happiness of our animals, strengthening rural farming communities and helping create a cleaner environment.
Hickory Nut Gap. Flavor Raised™
About Wicked Weed:
Wicked Weed Brewing is an award-winning brewery based in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in December 2012, Wicked Weed currently operates a 50-barrel production brewery, a sour beer production facility and four retail locations; the original Brewpub in the heart of downtown Asheville, the southeast’s first mixed-culture dedicated taproom, the Funkatorium, and the Wicked Weed West taproom. Most recently, in 2019 Wicked Weed opened Cultura, a fine dining restaurant that was nominated in 2020 by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant. In 2021, Wicked Weed launched their newest endeavor, Vidl Winery, specializing in the production of natural wines. Learn more at:WickedWeedBrewing.com.
“I took the trip out to Zadie’s Market Friday to drop their order and say thank you for all the support through Covid. Once I got there I was warmly greeted by Emily and Josh Copus, long-time college friends of Jamie and Amy Ager. Josh was working on the final touches of the converted old Marshall Jail that will soon be a hotel, bar, and market showcasing HNG, while Emily was working hard on her passion at their sister business, Carolina Flowers. There she makes flower arrangements for weddings, venues, and any occasion. That is how the Copus’s started Zadie’s market. During Covid, they needed to provide other products for delivery to customers locally. They used the pickup and delivery flower shop model to build what will now be Zadie’s market, opening this summer. This trip was special because I got to meet not only small, local business owners and supports for HNG, but true stewards of their community and farmers as well! ” – Brandon Lowery, Wholesale Warehouse Manager at Hickory Nut Gap.
A Little History
“We started Zadie’s Market because we are farmers. Our sister business, Carolina Flowers, was founded in 2016 to supply the Asheville area with flowers for weddings, events, wholesale, and everyday enjoyment. Carolina Flowers is also a delivery company, with an emphasis on bringing flowers to homes throughout the area.
Asheville’s community of farmers is full of colorful, driven growers and entrepreneurs. We have loved every minute of running a business in sustainable agriculture.
When COVID-19 shut down many of the restaurants in the Asheville area, we wanted our fellow farmers to be able to offer their products via delivery, alongside our flowers. So, we started an online grocery store, where bunches of kale were listed alongside flower arrangements.
Asheville showed us it is ready for grocery delivery. We’re so proud to forge a connection between some of the best farmers in these mountains. Our grocery store became Zadie’s Market, and our flower business continues to grow as Carolina Flowers.
Zadie’s Home Base
Zadie’s is based in the small town of Marshall, North Carolina, about 20 minutes north of Asheville. We pack and ship our deliveries from our hometown, and this location puts us in close proximity to some of the area’s best farms. We’re proud to represent a new vision for agriculture in a former tobacco community.
Zadie’s will open its first brick-and-mortar location in the Old Marshall Jail, a historic landmark in the heart of Marshall. The boutique grocery concept will include the freshest produce from local farms alongside specialty goods, a bar, a restaurant, and an expansive deck and patio with a view of the French Broad River.
Upstairs, we’ll hosts guests at our small hotel. Learn more about the Old Marshall Jail at oldmarshalljail.com.”