Southern Farmed, Artisan Foods are Now Available Online
Two farmers have created an online resource for Southern farmed, artisan foods
Southern Farmed, Artisan Foods are Now Available Online
North Carolina farmers Jamie DeMent and Richard Holcomb have created the farm-to-table version of FreshDirect, where sustainability-minded American consumers will be able to order meats, produce, and artisan goods from more than 50 growers and producers throughout the South.
In addition to specialty gifts and recipe kits, Heirloom Provisions offers quality foods like heirloom grains, fresh meat and seafood, artisan breads, farmstead cheese, and classic Southern staples like Steen’s Cane Syrup, Edwards Ham, and many others.
Holcomb says it was that it was calls from all over the country requesting his farm’s grass-fed pork and heirloom tomatoes that made him realize there was a market for an online resource for Southern farm goods and handcrafted foods.
“It’s always been our mission to grow and share our farm’s food and way of life with as many as possible,” said Holcomb.
“In the past few years, we’ve come to realize how many really don’t have direct access to high quality food — much less reliable and affordable sources for it that can be found in one place.”
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.
United States Southern Region
The South is distinctive in its customs, food, and even dialect and accent. More than any other regional group, people born and raised as Southerners tend to think of themselves as Southerners all their lives, no matter where they live. By most geographic definitions, the northern border of the South is marked by the Ohio River and is straddled by the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.
In alphabetical order, the states in this region are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Some people also consider Maryland part of the "South."
Ambrosia didn't necessarily originate in the South, but you will certainly find it at plenty of southern potlucks. This variety of fruit salad typically contains mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, pineapple chunks, and shredded coconut mixed with some sort of dairy ingredient. Some people use mayonnaise, while others use cream cheese, plain yogurt, or whipped cream. The whipped cream version is the best because, well, it's whipped cream. You might find some potluckers add in bananas, maraschino cherries, and nuts too. At that point, you basically have a banana split without the ice cream — and no one would ever dare to complain about that.
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|Apprentice||North Downs Hops Field||Recipe||Fair North Downs Hops Crop||Sprig of Allspice|
|Apprentice||Spring Barley Field||Recipe||Fair Spring Barley Crop||Sprig of Allspice|
|Journeyman||Golding Hops Field||Recipe||Fair Golding Hops Crop||Sprig of Mugwort|
|Journeyman||Oat Field||Recipe||Fair Oat Crop||Sprig of Mugwort|
|Expert||Pride of Chetwood Hops Field||Recipe||Fair Pride of Chetwood Hops Crop||Clump of Chives|
|Artisan||Green Hill Hops Field||Recipe||Fair Green Hill Hops Crop||Sprig of Parsley|
|Artisan||Winter Barley Field||Recipe||Fair Winter Barley Crop||Sprig of Parsley|
|Master||Umbel Hops Field||Recipe||Fair Umbel Hops Crop||Sprig of Thyme|
|Westfold||Black Barley Field||Recipe||Fair Black Barley Crop||Pile of Rich Soil |
Pinch of Westfold Herbs
|Westfold||Hearty Black Barley Field||Recipe||Fair Black Barley Crop||Pinch of Westfold Herbs |
Pile of Rich Soil
|Eastemnet||Rye Field||Recipe||Fair Rye Crop||None|
|Eastemnet||Hearty Rye Field||Recipe||Fair Rye Crop||Pile of Eastemnet Soil |
Pinch of Eastemnet Herbs
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In the cozy and relaxed atmosphere of The Pantry Eatery, luncheon diners escape the hustle and bustle of West Little Rock&aposs retail hub to find a little Southern hospitality with a dash of European flavor. Chef Tomas Bohm&aposs menu speaks to his German and Czech heritage with specialties such as the Schnitzel Bun and Sauerkraut Panini, but the Belly.L.T. is the sandwich that showcases his flair for charcuterie. A riff on the South&aposs beloved bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, the Belly.L.T. features tender, melt-in-your-mouth house-cured pork belly. To further enhance the umami experience, Bohm adds a swipe of roasted garlic aïoli. littlerockpantry.com
Local Food Guide
ASAP’s annual Local Food Guide is the definitive resource for finding local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians. The 2021 Local Food Guide includes:
- 200+ farms , plus charts to easily locate farms offering u-pick, farm stands, lodging, visitor activities, and CSAs
- 80+ farmers tailgate markets , plus information about holiday markets and a list of markets that operate in the winter
- 80+ partner businesses, including restaurants , groceries , wholesalers , artisan producers , and travel destinations
- a primer on produce seasonality + local food recipes
- articles and photography highlighting farm stories.
ASAP staff connects with markets, farms, and businesses to update listings each year, offering the most accurate information for consumers.
Use the Online Guide
The online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org includes 1,350 listings and is updated throughout the year. Use it to search for specific products, locations, activities, and more. (Information is subject to change, especially with changing pandemic guidelines . Always contact farms and businesses before visiting to confirm hours and offerings.)
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Find free copies of the Local Food Guide at farmers markets, visitors centers, libraries, community centers, grocery stores, restaurants, and other partner businesses throughout the region. Copies are available in the lobby of ASAP’s office. You may also view a digital version of the magazine above. Contact ASAP if you need help locating a copy in your area or if you are interested in receiving copies of the guide for your business.
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Our local grass-fed beef, free-run chicken and turkey, pasture-raised pork, and wild-caught fish not only taste better, but help you feel good about what you eat. We only partner with family-owned farms throughout Ontario that support natural farming. This means the animals are treated humanely, and they’re free of added hormones and antibiotics.
We’ve been helping Ontario families eat better for 30 years. Try Farmway Foods yourself and taste the difference!