On August 18th, North River Farms was pleased to be able to donate a potato field to the Society of St. Andrew. The Society of St. Andrew is an organization that gleans food straight from farmers’ fields in order to feed the hungry.
There were forty-two volunteers that came to glean the potatoes, and our crew helped, too. With all of that help, we were able to harvest and donate 5,238 pounds of potatoes!
We’ve also been busy giving farm tours. We hosted folks from the Emeritus at Pine Park living facility for a farm tour, picnic, and u-pick session.
It was a wonderful day at the farm. Thanks for coming, Pine Park residents!
Since the beginning of June, North River Farms has been working hard to complete our new molasses mill and cooking facility.
It isn’t quite ready yet, but we’ve made a lot of progress. We expect it to be completed in October, and we couldn’t be more excited. In the meantime, we’ve been busy growing a field full of sugar cane a few miles from the farm. Harvest time should come toward the end of September.
Once the facilities are completed and the sugar cane is harvested, the real fun will begin. We will host live molasses-making demonstrations at our farm in Mills River. Making molasses is an all day affair, and we will welcome all visitors and observers! People have been making molasses in the North Carolina mountains for generations, and we are excited to invite people to take part in this educational process.
If you’re interested in attending any of our molasses-making demonstrations this fall, be sure to like our page on Facebook and stay tuned for updates!