Charlottesville has a vibrant locavore scene and I’m fortunate to call home in a spot that gets real jazzed about f d production and usage.

Charlottesville has a vibrant locavore scene and I’m fortunate to call home in a spot that gets real jazzed about f d production and usage.

Get Clean, Girls

by Madeleine Hawks

Final weekend, we met my ets. Or something like that like that. Meet Yer Eats was a farm trip time sponsored by Relay (a local grocery that is online) and marketplace Central. The idea would be to get eaters city slickers out on the farms to pet animals, stomp around in p , test honeys, cheeses, vegetables, and to talk to the farmers who actually develop the meals. I happened to be in hog heaven.

I went with my buddy Liz, who generously drove us about one hour south to Nelson County to the farm that is first Hill.

Hungry Hill Farm

Hungry Hill was all about honey manufacturing, however they also grow shiitake mushr ms and some veggies. This really is their honey processing r m visit the site right here, which is hilariously painted with outrageous peach foam that is colored. This men saw to it that Liz and I sampled 7 different types of honey. It absolutely was amazing the amount of huge difference you can taste in honey varieties, based on the flowers that the bees discovered and which area of the season these were out there buzzing around. The best was the honey created from raspberry flower pollen. In terms of honeys go, it’s spicy!

Spoiler alert we have a post that is whole honey manufacturing and use coming your path quickly.

After ogling the honey r ms, we stopped by their shiitake mushr m factory a lot of sticks in neat piles in the forests. Silly me, for all your mushr ms I’ve eaten, I’ve never actually pictured what it is want to develop them! The holes you can observe bored to the logs ( within the foreground) are injected with shiitake spawn then sealed with beeswax (duh!). The procedure often takes about a from injection time to harvest time week. Covering the logs with plastic, which you yourself can see regarding the far right, speeds up the method and keeps the logs nice and moist. Cedar chips cover the fl r to keep other sneaky fungi from attempting to hop a free ride with the shiitakes. I happened to be astonished to discover that all you need to begin your personal backyard that is little farm is just a log like this, some spawn, which you yourself can get online, plus some cedar for the ground below. The day before, so you can’t see any actually growing in this picture in case you’re wondering, they just harvested mushr ms.

Inglew d Lavender Farm

Our brand new buddies at Hungry Hill gave us directions to cease by their neighbors at Inglew d Lavender Farm simply up the road. Inglew d wasn’t regarding the map for Meet Yer consumes, but, like many little farms, is generally open to the general public through the week anyway. They have an adorable small setup on a vintage plantation with a previous smokehouse they repurposed as their shop. Inglew d sells a variety of lavender items like soaps, shamp , and also essential oil that they make there. For $8, I happened to be provided a set of scissors and an elastic band to go ch se my bundle that is own of into the industries.

picking Lavender at Inglew d Lavender Farm in Nelson County

Caromont Farm

That is Gail, she’s one of many founders of Caromont Farm. After Liz and I also scrambled to eat because cheese that is many as you possibly can, Gail offered us a trip regarding the farm. Understatement associated with the 12 months Gail likes her task. I’ve never experienced therefore excited about milk quality, cheese manufacturing, or pleased goats. Caromont features a growing reputation in the cheese globe, but continues to take care of their goats like queens. They allow them to down to pasture every to nibble on grass and relax in the field day. We learned that goats don’t like temperature, so in the hottest days of the summer, they be sure to pasture them into the w ds, where they can be into the color.

Caromont includes a g d reputation that is local other farmers and f d producers. A few pig farmers collect the acidic whey left over from milking the goats and feed it for their pigs, which evidently love to consume whey! into the cold temperatures, a few f die buddies of Caromont come for a pig slaughter during the farm and experiment with meat curing and bacon making. Gail only keeps a few pigs – enough to produce meat for her household as well as for friends. We asked if the goats and pigs ever co-mingle and she stated that she would never ever put them in identical pen because pigs have become aggressive and would likely consume the goats. Noting my noticeable shock and horror at the theory, she said “A pig would consume you t ”. My nervous laughter found no empathy so when we walked to your pig pen, I kept my distance.

I had no concept simply how much I would personally read about pigs at a goat farm. Not just are they aggressive, but they are smart and creatures that are stealthy! The pigs were the first animals on the farm to start going crazy, before the ground started shaking in fact, when the earthquake happened in Nelson County last year. Naturally interested in r ting and exploring, the pigs have escaped many times by burrowing under the electric fence. I could only imagine the chaos that ensued attempting to wrangle four pigs right back inside the fence. Apparently the pigs don’t l k after being herded either, but were ultimately tempted house by meals. Abruptly, pig races make more sense – duh, there’s f d for them by the end!

Additionally, the part that is best of the clip associated with Swifty Swine Pig Race starts at 30 moments.

They are the g dies we t k home from the journey. It’s obvious as I wrote this post that I ate a dinner of honey sticks and Caromont’s Esmontonian cheese. The best benefit is that now when I go directly to the farmer’s market in Charlottesville, I am able to head to these stalls and I understand exactly what I’m purchasing!

When was your farm that is last encounter?

We lusted after this poster that is great into the bathr m at Caromont.

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