Wholesome Country Creamery
This 100% and 70% (supplemented with heirloom corn and soybeans) grass fed non-homogenized creamline milk is produced by the Hofstetter family in Hamptonville, NC. This Amish family has been in the dairy business since 1979 and selling their milk as part of a larger co-op model via a large tanker truck coming to their dairy each week and collecting the raw milk for processing. But as of May 2013 the family decided to bottle their own milk right on the farm! They are using a low temeprature vat pasteurization process in order to preserve the natural probiotic elements of the milk. They do not homogenize their milk, so the milk has a creamline on the top just like the old days. Becasue cows on grass-only diets produce less volume of milk the price for this product must be higher in order to sustain the farm's livelihood. We hope you give it a try! The bottles are food grade plastic not glass. They are biodegradable and the most environmentally friendly bottle the family could find after months of research.
Maple View Dairy
History of the Farm:
Originating in Corinna, Maine, the farm existed at the same location from the time the first settlers homesteaded central Maine in the early 1800s. Bob Nutter is the fifth generation of his family to farm land, first in Maine and now in North Carolina.
At the turn of the century, Bob's grandfather purchased his first registered Holstein dairy cow. Holsteins are black and white, and produce vast quantities of milk with a moderate fat content. These Holsteins were imported from two provinces in the Netherlands; Friesland and North Holland both sit on the cold shores of the North Sea.
Over the years, the Maview herd has continued to develop. Milk testing (DHIA) and artificial insemination (using semen from superior bulls) have contributed the most toward the improvement of the herd. In July 1963, the Maview milking herd and bred heifers were sold. A better milk market and climate for double cropping was found in North Carolina. Within two months the calves, farm families and equipment moved 1,000 miles to the present location. Maple View Farm was back in business milking cows in Orange County, NC.
Our Eggs and Poultry comes from Queen Bee Farms:
Queen Bee is a 100 acre refuge in Mebane, North Carolina. The land has been in the family of Nita and Eric Bunker for 3 generations. The chickens here are free range, GMO free and NCIP certified.
Our Beef and Pork comes from Hickory Nut Gap Farm:
The land of Hickory Nut Gap Farm is jointly owned by the six children of James and Elspeth Clarke. In 2008 the land was put into a conservation easement with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Protected for eternity the land will remain managed by the family and their agricultural pursuits. Some of the six children, now grown with children and grandchildren of their own remain here at the farm and close by in the area while, as to be expected, some have moved away and pursued a different course in life. This large farm family gathers often as the draw of the family home and their agricultural heritage is still strong. Many of the 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children are involved in various aspects of agriculture.
Amy & Jamie Ager are part owners of Hickory Nut Gap Farm and currently operate Hickory Nut Gap Meats. 2012 celebrates the 12 Year Anniversary of their grass fed and pastured meats business.
Hickory Nut Gap Meats animals consume only their mothers milk and forages during their entire life while rotationally grazing on pasture. This production model eliminates the need for administering subtherapeutic antibiotics. If an animal were to become sick it would be treated as needed but not allowed to enter the meat supply. Growth hormones are never used here at Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Hickory Nut Gap Meat's animals are handled using low stress handling methods and are minimally hauled to one of the two nearest processors for harvest. Both of the processors have passed reviews by Animal Welfare Approved, meaning they meet the highest welfare standards for the animals processed there.
Our Salmon comes from Wild Salmon Company:
Heidi runs the Wild Salmon Company. It is a tiny outfit committed to providing customers with an amazing product—delicious, nutritious, sustainably-harvested wild sockeye salmon. Wild Salmon co. is dedicated to the notion that we all should know where our food comes from; that it strengthens our community and our biosphere when we buy organic, locally-sourced food. An Alaskan fisherman, using the most natural practices in the clean sea of Bristol Bay, Heidi has been doing this since she was fifteen years old. Beginning as her dad’s deckhand, Heidi has been gill netting for sockeye salmon in southwest Alaska for nearly twenty years, and now runs her own operation. We love working with Heidi because she lives right here in Asheville, NC for part of the year. Heidi has her Alaskan catch flash frozen right out of the water and shipped right here to us in Asheville: This is the most local wild sockeye you can get and it is delicious!
Our Trout comes from Sunburst Trout Farms:
Why this Trout Tastes so Good: The pink flesh is the normal color of most trout and salmon. It is not a matter so much of species as it is their diet, which includes NO animal by-products, NO antibiotics and NO growth hormones. Of further importance is the fact that at Sunburst they net the live trout, bleed them, filet them, and pack them at 36 degrees, all within one hour, summer or winter. Finally, the gloss on the filets is sure evidence of healthy fresh trout. A “stale” filet has little gloss. The gloss is their outer protection and is loaded with natural antibodies to protect them from external infection.
Sunburst Trout contain NO mercury, PCB’s or Pesticides. The result is that the fish reach 4 pounds before maturity. Heretofore, this has been done in salt water only, the result being superior and full bodied rainbow trout. Fresh water production of large trout is slower but results in a milder, more delicate flavor.
Our Carolina Mountain water source is the pristine, federally protected Shining Rock Wilderness Area in the Pisgah National Forest. The water has and never will be touched by industry guaranteeing overall purity and freshness. The water is naturally acidic which contributes to the product’s excellent shelf life. Water flows in at 12,000 gallons per minute enabling Sunburst to maintain up to 20 feet per minute across all ponds and runways. This water volume and flow velocity is double the normal practice in the industry.