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Monday, January 30, 2012

Shearing Day at Rising Meadow Farm

Carl--corriedale ram
Shearing Day at Rising Meadow Farm
Liberty, NC

 Saturday, February 11, 20129am until

Master Blade Shearer: Kevin FordAssisted by local shearer: Joy Moore

Soon after Kevin shears our sheep he’ll head to the Golden Shears International Shearing Competition in New Zealand. He’s one of a four man (actually three men and one woman!) team representing the United States. We are thrilled that he shears our sheep every year.

Since we begin shearing before Saturday, there will be some fleeces to look at when you arrive. Plan to come and help “skirt” fleeces as they come off the sheep. There’s no better way to see and feel what a whole fleece is like! At the end of shearing we will have about 125 fleeces for you to see.

The Farm Store will be open, offering Corriedale and Navajo-Churro roving, possibly sheepskins, and our wonderful Corriedale and Meadow spun yarn!

Lunch at the Farm
is a rather informal affair since we all need to eat. We’ll have our usual big pots of Lamb Chili and Homemade Soup. We will also have homemade bread so bring sandwich fixings, a dessert to share, or money donations! We always eat well!

All sales in cash or check

Call (336-622-1795) or email if you have questions

Please NO PETS

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mother Holtz Farm's Jams and Jellies


Mother Holtz Farm's jams, jellies and Apple Butter are already a favorite
of our Farm Store's customers!

We sell their Blackberry Jam, Apple Jelly, Muscadine Grape Jelly, Blueberry Jelly, Strawberry Jelly, and Apple Butter.

We're continuously adding more local products to our farm store, so you'll want to stop by to see to check it out!

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Germanton, NC 27019

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Gift Items: Goat Necklaces and Magnets

These handmade necklaces and magnets featuring some of Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian goats are available in our farm store.
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road
Germanton, NC 27019

The necklaces and magnets are available for online purchases also.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winter Dessert Theatre Series

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Historic Walnut Cove Colored School
308 Brook Street in Walnut Cove
The Stokes county Arts Councils kicks off the 2012 Winter Dessert Theatre Series with Mike Wiley Production of "Tired Souls", a remembrance of Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. $14 per person,
$12 Seniors 60+, and $10 for SCAC Members and Students, includes dessert and the performance. For tickets or information, contact 336 593-8159. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012
6:00pm until 8:00pm
South Stokes High School Auditorium
1100 South Stokes School Road

As performed by the NC Shakespeare Festival, experience one of Shakespeare's most famous theatrical tragedies. $14 per person, $12 Seniors, $10 SCAC members and students, includes dessert and the performance. For tickets or information, contact 336 593-8159.
Dessert is served beginning 1 hour before the performance. A great Valentine gift for your sweetheart!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gift Items: Farm Toys

A few of the farm themed toys, books, and puzzles that we have available in our farm store.
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road
Germanton, NC 27019

Monday, January 16, 2012

"The Big Eat" Returns for a Fourth Year

The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and participating downtown restaurants are proud to present the return of "The Big Eat." Every Tuesday night beginning now until February 22, more than 30 great downtown restaurants will offer 50 percent discounts off of their signature dishes.

A list of participating downtown establishments, as well as the signature dish for each Tuesday, can be found at

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Local Foods

The following is a list of farms and local companies whose products we currently carry. New items are being added continuously to our Farm Store.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
3241 Buffalo Creek Farm Road
Germanton, NC 27019

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pasture Raised Lamb

In addition to the grass-fed beef and free range chicken, we now have pasture raised lamb available in our farm store.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road

Germanton, NC 27019
Monday - Saturday 9-6
Sunday 1p-6p

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Community swap event promotes the preservation of diverse plants

Gardening events for 2012 start out with a bang when Slow Food Piedmont and Old Salem Museums and Gardens combine for a community seed swap on Jan. 14.
"This is designed as a community event, and everyone is invited," said Margaret Norfleet Neff, the chapter leader of Slow Food Piedmont. The group is dedicated to sustainable food production and the preservation and dissemination of heirloom foods and the craft of producing them. The swap also includes a potluck lunch.
"We want to include everyone, even if they don't have seeds to share. Bring some cookies; bring whatever. This is a great opportunity to share," Norfleet Neff said.
Norfleet Neff and her daughter Salem also grow and craft food products, such as jams, preserves and relishes, from their home-garden business, Beta Verde.
Slow Food has held its annual seed swap in various venues for the past five years, from farms to family homes. Uniting with the Old Salem Gardens' mission of preserving heirloom varieties should expand the offerings exponentially. Additionally, So True Seeds, an Asheville seed house dedicated to regionally grown and tested varieties, is sending offerings from its catalog. Seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, an international organization, also will be available.
Old Salem is one of three retail locations in North Carolina that sell Seed Savers' products. They are available throughout the year at the T. Bagge Merchant.
Martha Hartley, Old Salem's horticulture outreach agent, said Old Salem and Slow Food share a similar mission.
"One of our goals is to educate people about the importance of saving a diversity of vegetable varieties," she said. "The staff in Old Salem's gardens is meticulous about the seed-saving program."
"We begin saving seed in April," said Ellen McCullough, Old Salem's herb and flower specialist, "and we are harvesting, drying and processing seed throughout the year."
"People are asking where to get seed for these plants all the time," said Vonnie Hannah, Old Salem's greenhouse manager, "so it made sense to combine with Slow Food."
"Slow Food and Old Salem are two big proponents of heirlooms," Norfleet Neff said. "It is about preserving the longevity of what works."
The seed swap will feature farmers and gardeners from throughout the region in an informal exchange of ideas, information and seeds, with expert advice available at every table.
Folks such as Jim Knottke, a local native plant and fruit expert; Mary Jac Brennan, Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Service's community garden outreach coordinator; and Jeff Tucker of Sugar Creek Farm, a local organic farmer, will share seeds and stories.
Local growers have been invited to add greens to a massive winter salad that will be assembled for the lunch.
"Sugar Creek is providing a big chunk of the winter salad, which is exciting," Norfleet Neff said. "The winter salad is Beta Verde's variation on a spicy Caesar salad with a citrus dressing and grated cheese ... a little local garlic, too."
Slow Food recognizes food that is threatened through the Ark of Taste program. These endangered items might be livestock varieties, such as the Bourbon Red Turkey, or vegetables, such as the Fish Pepper.
The Fish Pepper was grown by blacks in the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas before 1870. It was traditionally used to flavor fish and oyster stews in the Chesapeake Bay region. Seed for the Fish Pepper should be available at the swap.
Often the stories associated with the seeds are as interesting as the harvest. Take, for instance, the Carolina Black, a rare heirloom black-skinned peanut, which is another variety that will be at the swap.
This variety is believed to be what was called the African peanut, a black peanut the black community grew as a substitute for the African ground nut that cannot be grown in our climate.
The African ground nut, or black Bambarra, was used as an aphrodisiac and an important component in African folk medicine. Carolina black peanuts are slightly larger than Spanish peanuts and have a sweet taste.
The Ark of Taste includes 800 products from 50 countries, 200 in the U.S. These are foods or traditions that are threatened by the standardization practices of large-scale, industrial agriculture. Preservation of these varieties will take the effort of gardeners and farmers who share the bounty from sprout to harvest year after year.
Slow Food Piedmont also recognizes food-service organizations that support quality, sustainability and authenticity through its Snail of Approval program. Nominations are welcome for those who do good, clean and fair work in food production.
The seed swap is the first of several events in Old Salem Museums and Gardens' Seed to Table series. It will feature a lecture by Diane Ott Whealy of the Seed Savers Exchange in March. More on that in a future column.

Foothills Pilot Plant Update

The Foothills Pilot Plant that we blogged about last year will be officially open for processing poultry and rabbits under USDA and FDA inspection as of January 15, 2012!

To schedule processing or discuss plant details:
Plant Manager, Dr. Paljinder Manhiani

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Nigerian Dwarf Goats 2012 Kids

New 2012 kids starting arriving at our farm on January 1.

Bookmark our Website to see baby pictures of all the new arrivals at a later date.

Until then, contact us at 336.969.5698 (8am-9pm) or if you have questions on availability or to reserve your kid.