Locally Produced Food Available During Winter

— Written By and last updated by Kathy Lee

During the winter months, plan on enjoying high quality, farm fresh produce and other High Country produced goods. Consuming local, nutritious food will boost your immune system this winter, plus help support hard-working farmers and artisans in our community.

The Watauga County farmers’ market is open on Saturdays from 9 until 1 through November. Seasonal produce includes apples, greens, cabbage, potatoes, garlic, carrots, turnips, and winter squash. A good variety of meat is available including beef, lamb, pork and chicken. You will also find eggs, breads, bagels, and pastries, jams, jellies, and molasses.

Beginning the first week of December, the High Country Community Supported Agriculture winter catalog is accessible online at highcountrycsa.org/catalog. You may compile custom orders, choosing from a variety similar to what is available at the farmers’ market for a once a month pick up at the Agricultural conference center.

Wild Pilgrim Farmstead, located in Caldwell County, delivers organically raised meats and fresh produce to Boone throughout the winter. Caldwell is typically 10 degrees warmer than Watauga in the winter, plus they grow in 7 greenhouses, allowing for great variety. Currently available is tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, kale, sweet potatoes, winter squash, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, spinach, zucchini, onions, carrots, and beets. The delivery site is Bare Essentials on Thursday afternoons. For more information, contact them at wildpilgrimfarmstead@gmail.com or 828-455-7808.

North Fork Farm, located in Zionville, offers a variety of high quality, grass-fed meat, including vacuum packed frozen beef, pork and chicken. Check out their selection at http://northforkfarmbeef.com/price-list/ They take orders by e mail, northforkfarm@skybest.com, or by phone 828-297-5755 / 828-773-0305. After placing your order, they will arrange a place to deliver.

Chestnut Grove Farms, located off of hwy 194 towards Todd, offers a variety of cuts of Angus beef that graze on a mixture of orchard, clover, and timothy grasses. Check out the selection at http://www.chestnutgrovefarms.net/buy-our-beef.html Bare Essentials natural market carries their beef, or you may call them at 264-7764 to arrange a delivery.

Bare Essentials Natural Market has supported the local food system for many years. Located at 273 Boone Heights Dr. in Boone, they offer a variety of produce, meat, eggs, honey, Bald Guy Brew coffee, and pasta.

Blowing Rock Produce and Provisions, located at 8100 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock on 321 Bypass beside Papa Joe’s, houses over 40 local food vendors and 20 local beverage vendors. Included is Reid’s catering prepared foods, Basil’s pasta, Bella Rooster jams, Faith Mountain farms baked goods, assorted breads and pastries from Owl Creek Breadworks, Fire from the Mountain salsa and hot sauce, Augustas pimento cheese, eggs, Ashe County cheese, Heritage Homestead goat cheese, Rosa’s Kitchen cheese and shortbread straws, Fishel’s chicken pies, Bald Guy Brew coffee, a variety of produce, Sunburst trout, Carolina bison and other local meats- lamb, beef, pork, chicken, Blowing Rock tea company, local craft beers.

Stick Boy Bread Company, located at 345 Hardin St is famous for high quality baked goods. They also carry a variety of locally produced products, including jams, eggs, pasta, and goat cheese.
Margie Mansure, M.S., R.D. is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and extension agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension. She offers personalized classes to improve the health of citizens in Watauga County through worksites, schools and community groups. margie_mansure@ncsu.edu., (828)264-3061

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Photo of Margie MansureMargie MansureExtension Agent, Nutrition and Foods (FCS) (828) 264-3061 margie_mansure@ncsu.eduWatauga County, North Carolina
Updated on Nov 19, 2013
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