After a few years of taking a break on Mills River Day, our team decided to bring it back! We weren’t sure how successful it would be, but we had high hopes and sure enough, the community was in full support of the whole entire day!
It was an unusually hot May day, but we had over 2,000 people come out and support all of what Mills River has to offer! Huge thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this incredible day happen (list below). Also, we had some amazing vendors, delicious food trucks on hand and incredibly talented and local bands preform for us throughout the day! More than twenty booths decorated our farm to help teach about everything from soil and water conservation to fun things to do around here to agriculture!
This year we even teamed up with local non-profit, Run828, to host the Mills River Family Mile! We started with a mile race around the farm with kids and then had a second one for their parents! Each racer was awarded with a prize after crossing the finish line!
With such a wonderful turn-out, we plan to keep this going for the years to come. We hope to have it around the same time each year, so come next May we hope to see you all here!
PLATINUM SPONSORS: — North Carolina Farm Bureau (Henderson County) — ReMax Mountain Living — Subway — Assurance Arms — DB Bar D Outfitters — Land Rover of Asheville — City of Asheville Water Dept.
GOLD SPONSORS: — Champion Credit Union — Meade Tractor — Edward Jones — Run828 — Bold Rock Hard Cider — The Town of Mills River
SILVER SPONSORS: — Stump Dump — Mills River Spa — Turf Mountain Sod — Mills River Animal Clinic — Waycaster Tire Service — First Citizens Bank (Mills River) — Mills River Animal Clinic LLC
We love to help our community in any way we can, especially when it comes to helping feed the hungry in Western N.C! For the past few years, Jason has worked with Society of St. Andrews (SOSA) and their volunteers. SOSA is such an amazing organization, they travel all over Western NC to farms to help glean farmers fields so they can help feed the hungry with local produce. We are so appreciative of their volunteers and the wonderful people who work so hard to schedule, plan and work with farmers busy schedules to pick produce for a great cause.
Jason has worked with SOSA for the past few years and it has been nothing but great experiences! Last year, he and Deidre (works for SOSA) had the awesome idea of planting a plot of potatoes for their mission project that year. That project went so well they decided to make it an annual thing, so this year Jason decided to plant a whole acre of potatoes for them!! SOSA and their volunteers put in so much hard work for this project and we are extremely grateful for them!
Deidre and her volunteers come out in mid-March to help prepare seed potatoes so our crew can get them planted in time.
Once the potatoes are ready, Jason and Deidre get their crews ready and they start to harvest as many potatoes they can! And this is no easy task in hot, humid mid-August weather! There were so many potatoes we didn’t get them all picked in one day so they’ll be out again in a week or so once this rain clears up to finish the field off.
Again a HUGE Thank You to all volunteers because harvesting potatoes or any crop is no easy or fun task!!
—If you or anyone you know might be interested in gleaning in Western NC, please contact us and we can connect you with the perfect person! They glean fields throughout the week and weekends so if you have time to spare and help, it would be greatly appreciated!!–
I have waited months to say it….Its strawberryseason!!!! Our crew did an amazing job taking care of these plants all winter long…and with this crazy weather around here, its no easy task! We were able to start picking last week and our office has been full of berries since! I’ve listed where you can find our strawberries below…but always feel free to call our office to confirm locations or plan a day to U-Pick!!
We are currently selling them at the produce stand (4109 Haywood Rd), our office, U-Pick field, and other local produce stands!
We can’t say enough about our amazing crew! This winter they have put in sooo many hours building/planning/clearing/updating/painting/throwing hay…you name it, they’ve been doing it! ..And we cannot say thank you enough to them for working so hard doing so! We have so much going on and I wanted to make sure you all stayed in the loop! 🙂
One of the many things we have planned to add to our Agritourism department is on site farm camping! These campsites are amazing…and I am not just saying that because I work here! If extreme privacy, sleeping outside, river front, fresh veggies, and nature are your thing, these sites are made for you! From late April to early November, you’ll be able to be set up right beside a beautiful veggie/corn field and a river you can float down-what could be better for camping!?! You can even schedule a hayride farm tour while you stay! Make sure to keep up with our Facebook page to see pics and more information! 🙂
The Agritourism department is also getting busy with planning some awesome farm tours and events this year! Let us know if you have a group (any age) that is interested in seeing how a true farm runs! We’ll take you on a hayride around our fields, look at equipment, plant or pick produce (depending on the time of year), and learn about various growing techniques! We can even take a dip in the river to cool off if you’d like! Besides the farm tours, we are opening our barn/property for events this year! We already have a few events in the works but would love to have more! Keep us in mind if you have a birthday (any age), business luncheon, or get togethers–we’d love to have ya’ll!!
Make sure to keep up with us on Facebook or check our website for more updated information and pictures of what’s happening around here!
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.
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!