We have started selling North Carolina grassfed cows milk for the first time since Hickory Nut Gap Farm was a dairy! We aren’t the ones producing this milk, though. Wholesome Country Creamery is a new dairy outside of Hamptonville, NC. Their cows are 100% grassfed and humanely treated. We now sell both half gallons (available for $6.00) and 12oz bottles ($2.50) of the non-homogenized whole milk in our farmstore in Fairview.

Drinking the cream from milk is a treat that not many people get to enjoy anymore. Non-homogenized milk is pasteurized but it has not been through the pressurization process which evenly distributes the fat from the cream throughout the nonfat milk. This means that the cream will rise to the top of the whole milk and must be either shaken to disperse it, or enjoyed skimmed from the top of the bottle! Our farmstore is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Besides fresh whole milk, we sell a variety of other local products including: Roots hummus, 5th Sun Chips and Salsa, Haw Creek Honey, Buchi Kombucha, Roots and Branches crackers, and much more. Our grassfed beef, pastured pork, poultry, and eggs are also available for purchase at the farmstore.

Sorry for any confusion about the April date that appeared here earlier. May 18th is the new official date for the Open House.  If you’ve been telling yourself for months that you need to make it out the farm but you just haven’t had the time or found the right occasion, look no further. We are having an Open House on May 18th at the farm, which is located at 57 Sugar Hollow Rd. in Fairview. The event also includes a  Farm Tour at 3pm and free samples! 

Come check out our farmstore where you can buy fresh 100% grassfed beef, pastured pork and poultry, plus tons of other local food and craft items. Go on the Farm Tour with Jamie Ager and romp around the farm to see how we raise our animals and learn about our vision as a farm and local business. Try some of our cured pork and fresh cooked meats. No need to reserve a space or rsvp, just come on out and enjoy a little springtime on the farm. Hope to see you soon!

Just don’t have time to drive all the way out Fairview? Come visit us at our farmer’s market venues. We will be selling our products on Saturdays at the North Asheville Market on the campus of UNCA and at Asheville City Market, which is located at 161 South Charlotte Street in the parking lot of the Public Works Building. We’ll also be at the West Asheville Market on Tuesdays. Hope to see you there!

Our first CSA year has been a success! With that under our belts (or suspenders, you might say) we are ready to expand the number of shares we offer for next season. Next season runs from April-September 2012. We offer two share sizes 10 lb ($70) and 15 lb ($100), monthly billing, two pick up locations, and 10% off any other meat purchases the day of pickup. A monthly CSA shares includes our grassfed beef, pastured pork, and this year pastured poultry. Each month your CSA share comes with a variety of meat cuts, facts about where they come from and fun recipes to try. Pair this with a vegetable CSA from our cousins at Flying Cloud Farm and you are all set for the month! All th is and your food all origianates in the valley of Fairview, probably a mere 20 miles from your house. Now that’s local!

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

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.

An abattoir is another name for the place where animals are butchered. You will see these terms interchanged often in the industry of raising animals and selling meat. Hickory Nut Gap Meats uses two such abattoirs to process our animals. Mays Meats located in Taylorsville, North Carolina and Washington County Meats in Bristol, Virginia both located two hours from our farm.  Hickory Nut Gap Farm, and other local producers in our company, take pigs and cows we have raised  to one of these two abattoirs, or processors as we tend to say, for their final moments. Both Mays Meats and Washington County Meats are Animal Welfare Approved (a third party certification) processing facilities, which in short, means they take great care of  the animals we have raised in the last phase of their life. Why is this so important? We believe honoring the animal with a peaceful exit rather than a stressful one ultimately affects the quality of the food we are consuming on many levels. The long term relationship we have developed with both of our processors is essential to ensuring our animals well being even after they leave the farm.

In the past year there has been an erroneous account of where we process our meat in a short essay in the Mountain Express. We were never contacted by the author who assumed he had his facts straight. He did not. It was stated that our business and environmental impact are in fact not sustainable because we truck our pigs all the way to Pennsylvania. Two hours is the maximum time our live animals spend on a trailer and they do not go to Pennsylvania. We do ship meat to PA to be further value added because no such facility exists in our region. This meat is shipped UPS and made into our beef jerky, beef sticks, and kielbasa summer sausage.

Opening in 2011, a federally inspected poultry processing facility will add one more option for local processing. This is going to allow us to raise more pastured chickens to help meet our current demand and offer more of a variety of cuts. In the five year range, is talk of a processor in western North Carolina that could serve our growing agricultural economy. At Hickory Nut Gap we too are exploring adding value and variety to our meat selection by having an on farm aging room and value added capabilities as well as an inspected kitchen and on farm eatery. We will keep you posted!

Will this be your New Years Resolution? An obtainable resolution living in this town with all the amazing vegetables, breads, cheeses, honey, sorghum, grits, and meats grown in our area.  We at Hickory Nut Gap are crafting a CSA for meats model to make this goal easier. Are you interested in receiving a weekly (or monthly) “basket” of grassfed beef and pastured pork treasures. Please send us an email to orders@hickorynutgapfarm.com  stating your interest and your wish list of conveniences. We are developing this idea and would like to implement starting in the new year. A quick and easy way to get healthy meats to your table. Pick up locations could include farm store, farmers market, or neighborhood drop offs. We just need a mass following to make it happen. 

Thank you for your feedback in our recent survey, we have heard your requests and our prioritizing tasks to make our business better in the new year. The shopping cart, long awaited, is underway and with fingers crossed will be up by the mid January. We value you as customers and invite your feedback anytime. It’s the only way we know the impact we are having and will be able to serve you better.

This is what you should cook for Christmas dinner! It’s a no brainer beef tenderloin at 30% off retail. That is a savings of $6/lb. Regularly priced at $19/lb on sale now for $13/lb. While supplies last. These 3 lb whole grassfed beef tenderloins will dazzle your family and guests, treat them to a local beef dinner. We are also offering our Whole Boneless Pork Loins at the same discount 30% off. That’s a markdown of $3/lb. Rub with olive oil, rosemary and sage, (Annie Agers all time favorite seasoning for pork) and let the oven do its magic of roasting your dinner infusing the flavors of pastured raised pork and herbs. These roasts can also be cut into pork chops, your choice of thickness. (These additional sale products do not qualify for the 10% discount of entire meat purchase.)

Your ENTIRE MEAT PURCHASE! Our gift to you, a little sale this week, well how ’bout next week too! Wed-Sat 1-5 folks. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve so get stocked up for these cold days and kids who are at home eating all day long! Break out the crock pot and put in a beef roast, sip your cocoa by the fire, get out that book you’ve been wanting to read and let dinner cook itself. We have a grand stock of beef roasts for you to choose from and much much more.

Can you answer YES to these questions? Do I have HNG Meats sausage and bacon in the freezer for Christmas morning breakfast? Do I have a good stew on hand to warm up for unexpected guests? Will Johnny have his favorite snack, HNG Jerky and Kielbasa in his stocking? If not come on by and we will help you finish your shopping and check yes to these questions. Still can’t figure out what to get your parents, feed them well this year with a Hickory Nut Gap Meats GIFT CERTIFICATE.

We can help with that! Order ahead by emailing jamie@hickorynutgapfarm.com

Dinner
Prime rib $12.50/lb  SALE
Beef Tenderloins $16/lb SALE
Turkeys (sold out)
Boneless Pork Loins $8.50/lb
Whole Chickens $3.50/lb

Lunch Trays
Beef Keilbasa $6/pack
Pork Ribs $6/lb

Breakfast
Pork Breakfast Sausage $5/lb
Chorizo $6/lb

Stocking Stuffers/Shopping Snacks
Beef Stix $2 each