Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Summerfield Farms

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Summerfield Farms is that hidden gem that everyone wishes they lived close to.  And much to my surprise I do live quite near and only recently discovered it!  It’s located just outside of Greensboro in the beautiful North Carolina countryside in Summerfield N.C.  It’s a picturesque  working farm dedicated to raising grass fed beef, growing seasonal and sustainable organic vegetables and flowers, and has a market where you can buy these products along with a wide variety of fresh, local, artisanal goods, unique gifts, products made in North Carolina and other goodies. Every item in their  store has been hand-selected.   And it’s incredibly charming. 

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The market is housed in a renovated barn and the windows can be rolled up like a garage door.  I love that concept of being able to roll up the windows and letting the outdoors in. 

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This is a “Farm to Fork” market offering the grass fed beef raised right there on the farm and the sustainably raised vegetables grown in their garden.  In addition to this they carry certified organics including grass fed milk and other certified organic dairy products, eggs and they partner with other farms with the same philosophy.  The vegetables are grown with out any herbicides or pesticides and the beef and poultry and eggs are raised without antibiotics and no added hormones. 

And let me share with you one of my favorite parts of the d├ęcor in the Market building itself.

The light fixtures! 

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My eye was immediately drawn up to the ceiling when I walked into the Market building.  Old farm buckets turned into light fixture and  turned upside down hanging from the ceiling provides much of the lighting along with some skylights and a gigantic oversized fan also hangs from the ceiling in the middle. 

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After my first visit there, I went home with a pound of grass fed ground beef and  a dozen organic eggs.

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I made a batch of Mexican Beef Nachos with the beef and I used the eggs to make a Boursin and Spinach Quiche.  It tasted delicious.   If you are looking for a quiche that is more than delicious and has great eye appeal this one might be your ticket.   Get the organic eggs.  They really do make a difference. 

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So why grass fed beef?

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Well, to start it’s so much healthier for you and it tastes great too.    The cows raised there are eating what nature intended them to eat.  GRASS. Not genetically modified corn and wheat which is so difficult for them to digest,  but GRASS.

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I was surprised but happy to learn that grass fed beef is considered Nutrient Dense with a perfect balance of essential fatty acids. Omega 6 : Omega 3 proportion mirrors the health benefits of wild salmon!  The cattle are pasture raised and the farm uses sustainable grazing practices that keeps both the cows and the land healthy and happy.  And because their cattle are raised on a natural grass, they are healthier and less susceptible to disease so there is no need for antibiotics.  Makes for happy cows if you ask me.

“We consider our beef to be beyond organic, as our cattle are raised without added hormones, antibiotics, or steroids.  We would never dream of feeding them animal by-products; they are raised on mother’s milk and grasses alone- no grain ever!”

And Summerfield farms considers themselves to be “Certified Transparent” which means they welcome any and all questions about how their beef is raised  and invite you to come take a look if you so desire. 

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The Market is filled with carefully selected and when possible,  locally sourced products.

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“Seasonal vegetables are sustainably raised on the farm and offered for sale within The Market.  The produce offering is also supplemented from local partner suppliers using the same or similar production methods.”

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And ALL produce in their Market is grown without pesticides or herbicides.

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 And look at the baking mixes I spotted from The Old Mill of Guilford.   I can personally recommend the Corn Bread Muffin mix.   Add some cheddar cheese and minced up jalapeno peppers….Delicious!   They are so good this time of year with a bowl of soup or chili.  I’ve visited this nearby mill.   You will feel like you took a step back in time if you stop for a visit.   It’s a fully operational and historic 18th century water powered grist mill in Oak Ridge, NC.   Very happy to see their products here at the Summerfield Farms Market.      

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The Market considers itself a lifestyle food market offering quality products sourced locally whenever possible.  If you are concerned about what you and your family are eating this is a great source for the best and most wholesome food you can find.

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              Red Clay Gourmet Pimento Cheese                              Two Chicks Farm Sauerkraut

 

And of course you know I have to mention some of the  local and artisanally-made cheeses they carry like cheeses from Ashe County Cheese in West Jefferson, Holly Grove Goat Cheese made in Mt. Olive, NC, and  Red Clay Gourmet Pimento Cheese from Winston-Salem, NC (Got a very good report on the Red Clay Pimento Cheese.  Haven’t tried it myself but was told and I could see by looking in the container that it was very cheesy and not too much mayonnaise.  Just enough to hold it all together.)

I also have to mention that I took home a jar of the Two Chicks Farm Sauerkraut made in Hillsborough N.C and it is truly the best sauerkraut I’ve ever had.  Honestly!  Really tasty.  Fermented foods are very good for you and your digestion! 

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And if there is a wedding or another special event in your future and you are looking for a venue to have it, consider Summerfield Farms. 

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It’s the perfect Carolina country setting and they have everything you need for a big celebration, a company event, or a smaller party.

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So there you go.  I simply cannot say enough good things about The Market at Summerfield Farms.  We are so lucky to have this in our area and I wish them great success.  Next summer I hope to buy their organic cucumbers for my summer batch of pickles.  

The Market is open Monday – Friday 11:00am – 6:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am – 6:00pm.

And you can even get Pickles (sauerkraut) and Cheese there.  Makes me happy.