There has been a lot happening here around the farm since our last posts. One big change that we are all excited about is adding some new members to our farm! A few months back, we added about 30 beautiful cows to our farm and they have been doing awesome! Our crew has been checking on them daily and keeping them well fed! All are happy and healthy!
Hello, everyone! It’s the time of year again for us to be preparing for Mills River Day. Last year, the Mills River Partnership sponsored Mills River Day for the first time. We’re excited that it has become an annual event, with the second Mills River Day taking place on Sunday, May 31st, rain or shine, from 2:00-5:00.
If you came out to Mills River Day last year, you know all about the ice cream, farm animals, equipment display, live music, and wagon rides. All of those fun activities will be back this year, plus barbecue, a book signing, fly-fishing demonstrations, a farm simulator, a fire safety house, and more. Admission is free, and the first 100 guests will even receive a free flowering hanging basket.
We had so much fun at Mills River Day last year, and we hope that even more of our community members come out to connect this year. If you would like more information, check out this video from the Mills River Partnership.
We hope to see you there!
It has been a busy autumn at North River Farms. Our molasses facility is open, and we were thankful that Jason’s grandfather and grandmother were able to be with us as we made the first batch of molasses. They are the inspiration behind our expansion into molasses; we have the original equipment that they used in making their own molasses, and their experience and expertise has been invaluable as we’ve begun this venture.
If you’d like to learn more about how we operate our equipment, check out this great article from the Blue Ridge Times. Many thanks to them for helping us spread the word about our old-timey molasses!
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!