Fond Farm Memories from Childhood

My FAVORITE place growing up was my Grandparents’ farm. My Granddaddy Garrard raised cattle and had a massive garden. I remember roaming all over the property with my siblings and cousins, fishing in the “Big Pond,” picking apples and cherries, taking turns on the swing, taking the vegetable scraps to the cows, catching lightning bugs. I could go on. The farm was freedom… and GREAT food! Going to the grocery store with my grandmother was a quick errand: milk, Coca-colas (in the glass bottles), dry goods. My grandparents had three freezers full of meat and their garden’s bounty. You did not go hungry in Grandmama Kicky’s kitchen. As I learn more about the food industry, I am drawn back t

Dream to REALITY

Stanton and I got married in June 2010. Like many newlyweds, we had a five-year plan. Unlike most newlyweds, however, our plan was to have a farm! The dream materialized for both us on our 0.3-acre lot in Belmont, NC after planting a few fruit trees and two raised vegetable beds. Our dream soon outgrew that 0.3 acres. I wanted chickens and Stanton wanted more grass... and then something to eat the grass! In February 2014, we moved to our farm in Maiden and our dream became our reality!

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