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Certified Organic Apples

We did it! Certified organic apples grown right here at Hickory Nut Gap!  We will be selling our organic apples ($2.00/lb) as well as the low-spray conventional apples (.75/lb) at the farm store and at the three farmers markets we attend until they are gone.
Our fall season is upon us with the official opening on September 1st. We will be open 7 days a week from 9-6pm. New things to look for: the admission and snack cabana, baby goats, new cider making area, and 2012s upick organic berries on the hill. Our maze is growing and will be cut next week ready for families to wind their way through. Our pumpkins are getting bigger and the baby chicks are on their way. Come ride a pony on the weekends, picnic by the creek or have your special event at the farms newly enhanced party shed. Welcome to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, we hope you’ll visit soon!

Awards and Achievements

We are proud to announce that we have been named a North Carolina Company to Watch. This is a honor for mid-size entrepreneurial companies who have experienced growth over the past couple of years. Read the press release here:  http://blog.cednc.org/search?q=company+to+watch and see which other Asheville businesses were named as well.
Hickory Nut Gap Farm has also made it to the finals for the NC Farm Bureau, Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award. This is our second year in the finals and we are hoping to make it to the National Competition again this year. This award is given to young farmers who balance Farm Bureau involvement with family, community and the task of operating successful family farm business.

Farm Tours- its time to meet your farmer

On June 25th and 26th  (1-6pm both days) Hickory Nut Gap Farm will be one of 41 farms opening their doors for a guided tour of our livelihoods. Ever wonder what a pig on pasture does, what rotational grazing is all about, or what it takes to finish an animal on grass? Stop in and learn a little more about your food, your farmer and the new exciting adventures we are planning at our farm for next season. (Shh, is an organic berry upick) Bring your cooler, we’ll have plenty of meat for sale. http://www.asapconnections.org/thefamilyfarmtour.html

Also on the tour we will be hosting child and family photographer, Jesseca Bellemare, who is offering complimentary mini photo sessions with Hickory Nut Gap Farm baby chicks on Saturday, June 25th from 1-6pm . Prints will be available for purchase through a private online gallery. View Jesseca Bellemare’s portfolio at www.jessecabellemare.com. Complimentary mini sessions are first come first serve.

14% Off Sale-Cook 4 Your SweetHeart

As the barred owl calls: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all? Well….who does the cooking this Valentines Day?

Cook for your sweetheart, don’t miss our 14% off Valentines SALE. February 1-12th come by the farm store to receive your 14% off Steaks (Ribeye, NY strip, Filet, T-bones, Flank, Skirt) and Pork Chops. Cook your honey something nice, answer that call!

Sign Up for our MEAT CSA!

The CSA Concept

Community Supported Agriculture or CSA is a relationship between a food producer and food consumers. Traditionally CSA shares have been offered by a vegetable producer on a weekly basis throughout the season who in return provides the customer with an assorted box of freshly picked vegetables. This buying concept was sprouted from the idea that the customer was investing in a particular farm business they respected by buying a CSA share, similar to buying stock in a company. The money was paid upfront and the return on your investment came later when the crops were harvested. Not all years are good for growing tomatoes and of course no one can predict the weather so the shareholder took the risk with the farmer as the season progressed.  

There are various models in use and we have crafted our CSA model to accomplish two things that we feel are essential for a win-win situation between a farm business and a CSA shareholder. First we are committed to providing high quality, healthy meat to our shareholders with satisfaction guaranteed. Secondly we are planning our supply based on the six month commitment we have as partners in this endeavor and expect that to be a mutually respectful relationship. Our goal is to keep it simple and exciting. Here are the nuts and bolts of the CSA program here at Hickory Nut Gap Meats. 

Share Sizes

10 POUND SHARE
 $420 or average of $7.00/lb each month

Example A:
5 lb Chicken (when in season)
2 lbs Pork Breakfast or Specialty Sausage (Brat, Italian, Chorizo)
3 lb Ribeye Steak

Example B:
2 lbs London Broil
1 lb Flank Steak
2 lbs Pork Tenderloin
3 lbs Bacon
2 lbs Ground Beef 

15 POUND SHARE
 $600 or average of $6.67/lb per month

Example A:
5 lb Chicken (when in season)
2 lbs Pork Breakfast or Specialty Sausage (Brat, Italian, Chorizo)
3 lb Beef Short Ribs
2 lb NY Strip Steaks
2 lb Chuck Roast
1 lb Stew Meat

Example B:
2 lbs Sirloin Steak
2 lbs T-bone Steak
1 lbs Skirt Steak
3 lbs Breakfast and/or Specialty Sausage
2 lb Fresh Ham
1 lb Hot Dogs
2 lbs Pork Chops
2 lbs Pork Ribs

Box Variety
We strive to represent all types of the meat we raise on the farm each month in your box. Currently we raise chicken, beef, and pork at Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Chickens however are the variable as they are only raised seasonally.  Most of the meat in your box will be frozen but if possible we will provide you with some fresh products.  Each month we will offer recipes corresponding with some of the cuts in your box.  Part of the fun of being a CSA member is experimenting with new cuts that you may not cook in your normal routine. Of course you can always give those cuts away or store them in your freezer until the inspiration hits you. The beauty of meat, you can freeze it!

Add-Ons
Should you need something specific from us, say for a birthday dinner or special occasion, you can add on cuts to your monthly CSA box.  Add on cuts and special orders picked up at the same time as your CSA box are 10% off retail prices for CSA members.   We will be putting the boxes together the week of the pick up so we will not know ahead of time what cuts will be in the box. So if there is something you have your heart set on go ahead and put in a special order at 10% off! 

Payment Options
We offer two ways to pay for your CSA share. You can either pay for your entire six month share upfront, that would be $420 for a 10 pound share or $600 for a 15 pound share. Or you can pay 50% at sign on $210 for 10 pound share and $300 for the 15 pound share and the remaining 50% prior to your fourth month’s box delivery.  Monthly payment plans are available upon request.  To pay, you can either, call and let the person working the farm store enter your credit card number, or send us a check.  In the future we plan to have secure online payment processing through our shopping cart.  Again we have committed to supply you with high quality grassfed beef and pastured pork and chicken for six months and reciprocally we ask you honor your six month commitment to us.  

Pick Up Locations
CSA pick up will be the first Tuesday of the month.  We will send you an email reminder the Monday before pick up.  You can pick up your CSA share at the West Asheville Market during the May – October market season between 3:30-6:30pm OR at our Farm Store between the hours of 1-6pm that Tuesday.  Shipping is also available for our out of town members but normal shipping costs will apply in addition to the monthly charge for your box.  We ask that once you select a location you continue to pick up at that location for the entire six months.

No Show Policy
If you cannot come to get your CSA share that month for one reason or another, please arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. I am sure if you give them a pack of ground beef they would be happy to do it! If you fail to arrange for someone else to get your box please be aware that we will invoice you a $20 no show charge.  If we fail to have your box at the previously agreed upon location we will issue a $20 Gift Card. 

Sign Up
We accept new CSA members twice a year, in December and June. This will allow us to process your information one month ahead of time and have your first CSA box ready the first Tuesday of January or the first Tuesday of July.

****For this first round of members which will have their first box pick up Tuesday February 1st the season will run February-June (five months). Fees will be reduced to $350 for 10 pound share and $500 for the 20 pound share. Payment, in the payment plan fashion you choose, is due by Jan 21, 2011. ****

Please contact Erica VanSteeis [email protected]  or 828.628.1027. She will collect the necessary information and get you started as a Hickory Nut Gap Meats CSA member.

Eat Local. Our Meat CSA.

Will this be your New Years Resolution? An obtainable resolution living in this town with all the amazing vegetables, breads, cheeses, honey, sorghum, grits, and meats grown in our area.  We at Hickory Nut Gap are crafting a CSA for meats model to make this goal easier. Are you interested in receiving a weekly (or monthly) “basket” of grassfed beef and pastured pork treasures. Please send us an email to [email protected]  stating your interest and your wish list of conveniences. We are developing this idea and would like to implement starting in the new year. A quick and easy way to get healthy meats to your table. Pick up locations could include farm store, farmers market, or neighborhood drop offs. We just need a mass following to make it happen. 

Thank you for your feedback in our recent survey, we have heard your requests and our prioritizing tasks to make our business better in the new year. The shopping cart, long awaited, is underway and with fingers crossed will be up by the mid January. We value you as customers and invite your feedback anytime. It’s the only way we know the impact we are having and will be able to serve you better.

30% OFF Beef Tenderloins and Pork Loins

This is what you should cook for Christmas dinner! It’s a no brainer beef tenderloin at 30% off retail. That is a savings of $6/lb. Regularly priced at $19/lb on sale now for $13/lb. While supplies last. These 3 lb whole grassfed beef tenderloins will dazzle your family and guests, treat them to a local beef dinner. We are also offering our Whole Boneless Pork Loins at the same discount 30% off. That’s a markdown of $3/lb. Rub with olive oil, rosemary and sage, (Annie Agers all time favorite seasoning for pork) and let the oven do its magic of roasting your dinner infusing the flavors of pastured raised pork and herbs. These roasts can also be cut into pork chops, your choice of thickness. (These additional sale products do not qualify for the 10% discount of entire meat purchase.)

10% OFF SALE

Your ENTIRE MEAT PURCHASE! Our gift to you, a little sale this week, well how ’bout next week too! Wed-Sat 1-5 folks. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve so get stocked up for these cold days and kids who are at home eating all day long! Break out the crock pot and put in a beef roast, sip your cocoa by the fire, get out that book you’ve been wanting to read and let dinner cook itself. We have a grand stock of beef roasts for you to choose from and much much more.

Can you answer YES to these questions? Do I have HNG Meats sausage and bacon in the freezer for Christmas morning breakfast? Do I have a good stew on hand to warm up for unexpected guests? Will Johnny have his favorite snack, HNG Jerky and Kielbasa in his stocking? If not come on by and we will help you finish your shopping and check yes to these questions. Still can’t figure out what to get your parents, feed them well this year with a Hickory Nut Gap Meats GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Have a locally made Holiday

Locally made and raised ideas, available at the farm store.
Open 7 Days a week through October 31st. Open Wed-Sat 1-5 Year Around. Come on by get your shopping done early!

HNG Meats -20 lb Box of Beef or Pork
Looking Glass Creamery– Goat Cheese
The Hairy Potters– Cork-nosed Piggy Banks
Maria Pritchards– Jewelry
Michaels Silks-Shibori Silk Scarves
Steve Bakkens-Wrought Iron Steak Turners
Jessica Lynns-Oil Paintings
Imladris Farm-Jams
Lusty Monk-Mustards
HNG Farm– Apple Cider
Fire on the Mountain– Hot Sauce and BBQ Sauce

Bee Observatory

Where else can you see bees in action! Come view our bee observatory located in the barn, learn about bees and understand the vital role they play in our local food economy. Long time beekeeper, Greg Rogers of Haw Creek Honey, has provided the hive to help educate folks about raising bees and the production of honey in WNC. Appreciate all the work these insects do so we can enjoy a little honey on our biscuits! Haw Creek Honey offers both its Sourwood and Mountain Wildflower honey harvests for sale in our farm store.

What will you cook for the holidays?

We can help with that! Order ahead by emailing [email protected]

Dinner
Prime rib $12.50/lb  SALE
Beef Tenderloins $16/lb SALE
Turkeys (sold out)
Boneless Pork Loins $8.50/lb
Whole Chickens $3.50/lb

Lunch Trays
Beef Keilbasa $6/pack
Pork Ribs $6/lb

Breakfast
Pork Breakfast Sausage $5/lb
Chorizo $6/lb

Stocking Stuffers/Shopping Snacks
Beef Stix $2 each