Hickory Nut Gap Farm is showcasing their newly built kitchen & butchery and fall farm activities this weekend September 19th and 20th with a grand opening and fall festival celebration. The weekend includes farm tours at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00, a corn maze, baby pigs, goats & calves to visit, culvert slides, corn box, mini hay maze, hay climb, trike track, horse rides, hay rides, and kiddie cart rides. The Kitchen is open for lunch from 11-4. There will be plenty of samples including beef short ribs, pork belly, beef shank, freshly pressed apple cider, fried apple pies, donuts and much more.
The farm was established in 1916 and has been selling grass-fed beef and pasture raised livestock for the last 15 years as well as hosting people in September and October for agritourism activities and school tours. According to Amy Ager the addition of the kitchen and butchery will “create a wonderful opportunity for folks to taste the bounty of the farm’s meats and locally sourced produce during their visit as well as provide versatility for cutting our own meats.”
The HNGF kitchen & butchery and retail store are open 7 days a week from 9-6pm. The deli case will offer fresh cut beef and pork as well as smoked sausages and bacon. “We currently have 5 events scheduled for our Big Barn event space in September and October which include both private dinners and corporate events,” according to HNG on farm butcher and meat manager, Brian Bermingham. Catering using HNG meat products and local produce will be one of the farm’s specialties moving forward. Look for butchery and cooking classes hosted by their in-house knowledgeable staff as well Asheville’s own local chefs coming this winter. “Plans are also underway to launch a soup and bread CSA and preorder dinner menu as well as frozen prepared foods,” states head chef Nate Sloan.
Admission for this weekend grand opening and fall festival celebration is $7 per person with 2 and under aged guests admitted for free. Horse rides are $7/ride and hay and kiddie cart rides are $3/ride.
For more information visit www.hickorynutgapfarm.com or call 828-628-1027.
HNGF is currently available to schedule caterings, event space rental, custom cut beef and pork and school tours.