Local farms offer fresh, nutritious food options
Spring weather ushers in more than warmer temperatures. It also brings crops of fruits and vegetables and the return of summer farmers markets.
We get more benefits from the vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and fiber from produce the fresher it is. And local food has a quicker trip from the farm to your fork. That means local food requires less fuel, preservatives and middle-men.
Plus, money spent on local food goes back into the local economy.
Lincoln County has convenient resources to feed families straight from the source.
Know Your Farms
For convenience and guaranteed fresh produce every week, sign up for Know Your Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The spring program runs from April to June. The summer program runs July to September.
Participants purchase a share in the program to supplement locally grown produce. A small share provides fruits and vegetables for one to two people, and large shares support two to four people. Shares include vegetables, grains, fruits and occasionally condiments depending on what is the best, fresh and available that week. Shares start at $231.
The program also offers eggs, beef, pork and poultry as an add-on option. Shares come from different farms, primarily Barbee Farms, KC Farms, Cottonmill Mushrooms, Commonwealth Farms and Davis & Son Orchard.
Know Your Farms distributes shares locally at Freshly in Denver, but also has pick-up sites in Davidson, Huntersville, and Plaza-Midwood.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.KnowYourFarms.com.
3189 Dave Heafner Road, Crouse
Open as available, call for appointment
Products: Apples, blackberries, blueberries, sweet corn, muscadine grapes, honey, melons, peaches, pumpkins and traditionally grown vegetables.
Purchase locations: Lincolnton Farmers Market.
Berry Hill Farm
2400 Hudson Poultry Road, Iron Station
Open in May
Products: Blackberry and strawberry ciders, strawberries.
Purchase locations: Denver Farmers Market and Maple Springs Farm in Dallas.
Big Oak Farm
2749 Sherrill Cove Way, Denver
Open all year, Monday-Saturday
Purchase locations: Farmers markets in Gastonia, Davidson and Conover
Cheval Farmstead Dairy
2380 Cat Square Road, Vale
Open all year, by appointment only
Products: Artisan goat cheeses, goat yogurts and chocolate goat milk pudding.
Purchase locations: Atherton Mills Market, Hickory Farmers Market, and Davidson Farmers Market. Products also available at Sweet Vine Winery in Denver.
Davis & Son Orchard
922 North N.C. 18, Lawndale
Products: Apples, blackberries, blueberries, apple cider, pear cider, muscadine grapes, honey, ice cream, jams and jellies, melons, peaches, pumpkins, strawberries and traditionally grown vegetables.
Purchase locations: Roadside stand at farm, Vendor at the Hickory and Denver farmers markets.
Double B Farms
7311 Flay Road, Cherryville
704-435-1073 or 704-472-2976
Open for pick-up of advance orders only. July 1-Oct. 1
Products: Apples, applesauce, blackberries, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry purees, cucumbers and pickles, squash and sweet corn.
Purchase locations: Vendor at the Lincolnton, Denver, and Gastonia farmers markets. Advance orders can be picked up at the farm.
Gilcrest Natural Farm
1164 Lowes Lane, Iron Station
Open all year, call before visiting
Products: Beef, eggs, chicken and traditionally grown vegetables.
Purchase locations: Advance orders and vendor at Davidson, Charlotte Regional-Yorkmont, and Cramerton farmers markets.
Grateful Growers Farm
3006 Mack Ballard Road, Denver
Open by appointment
Purchase locations: Vendors at the Lincoln County Farmers Market in Denver, Charlotte Regional, Matthews and Davidson. Meat market open on site by appointment.
6922 Houser Farm Road, Vale
Open May-September, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Products: Blackberries, blackberry cider, strawberries, jams and jellies, sweet corn, melons and traditionally grown vegetables.
Purchase locations: Advance orders and vendors at Denver Farmers Market.
2506 Leonhardt Road Cherryville, NC 28021
Open May-October 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Products: Sweet corn, melons, pumpkins, traditional vegetables, heirloom tomatoes and white cucumbers.
Purchase locations: Vendor at Denver Farmers Market.
1110 N.C. 18 N., Lawndale
Open June through mid September
Products: Honey, jams and jellies, melons, peaches and traditionally grown vegetables.
Purchase locations: Roadside stand and vendor at the Mount Holly Farmers Market.
Yum Yum Gardens
3875 Wilfong Road, Lincolnton
Open all year, call for appointment
Products: Asparagus, sweet corn, eggs, shiitake mushrooms, organic vegetables and pumpkins
Purchase locations: Advance orders and on-site.