The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms

  (Burnsville, North Carolina)
Dairy Goat Farming/Gardening and Mountain Crafting,CSA, Goat Rentals,Livestock
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On-Farm Workshops

We have been offering workshops/classes through our local community college and have a couple of upcoming classes.  You can now sign up for the workshop/date here on LocalHarvest through our "online store".  We are offering Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation workshops 1) March 23,2013 from 1:00-5:00pm and 2) April 13,2013 from 1:00-5:00pm.  We will discuss the log yard, trees to use, inoculation (hands-on), care, harvest and more.
We are also offering Gonna Getcha Goat which is a basic introduction to those who are new to goat owning.  We will discuss breeds, uses of goats, maintenance, expense and more.  We will  offer these on 1) March 30,2013 from 1:00-4:00 and 2) April 20,2013.  These workshops will be held here on a working farm.  We have just started our kidding season for 2013 so, there will be baby goats to play with!


Flower Essence Jellies and Fresh ground cornmeal ready for gift giving!

We have flower essence jellies available just in time for gift giving.  These come in 4oz. or 8oz.  The varieties available now are:  Nasturtium, Yucca, Burgundy Okra and Sumac-ade jellies.  We also have the traditional jellies:  Blackberry and Blueberry.  All jellies and jams are "from the farm".  Our products are naturally grown where chemicals are never used!

We are also offering Heirloom Bloody Butcher Cornmeal.  We grow the corn, air dry and hand-shell.  We then, take the corn to a certified kitchen facility and grind the corn on our mill.  We then package in Certified Biodegradable/Compostable bags.

Check out our listing and our store...Happy Holidays from The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms




On-Farm Goat Auction/Sale (many are young does)

We will have an on-farm goat auction/sale on May 29th from 8:00-10:00am.  We need to decrease our Nubian/Boer mix herd so we can increase our Saanen herd.  We are an Animal Welfare Approved farm and our goats are on a rotational grazing/FAMACHA "deworming" program.  We have at least 4 does between the ages of 1 and 3 years old (3 are breeding age), we have several wethers that would make great pets (starting at $25.00), and we have a beautiful 3 year old proven 50/50 (Nubian/Boer) buck going for $100.00.

We are also operating our On-Farm stand during this time until 7:00pm.  We have plenty of Amish Deer Tongue lettuce (Ark of Taste/Slow Food), Romaine (Freckles) and Looseleaf (Prizehead) lettuce available.  We also have radishes, sage, chives and mint.  We have potted Flame Azalea, Black Cohosh, Sweet Shrub and tomato plants (Yellow Israel and Sunbrite).  We also have some Native-American and Mountain crafts.

See our listing for directions and/or give us a call or e-mail.

Hope to see you there!! 
Susan and Alan


Remember Earth Day-Take one day to reverance our Earth

Let's all take one day at least to honor and reverance our Earth.

As farmers, we know we have to show the Earth respect!  

Try to do one kind act FOR our earth...maybe we could take one day to actually see how much we waste and throw away and take the rest of our days putting that right.  We have become a disposable world.  Years ago people would "hoard' or save back items they could use as to be saving.  But anymore "keeping" things until it's needed has become a terrible thing to do.  Well, I believe, waste is a terrible thing...and it's showing in our Earth, our creatures and most of all our people.
"Plastics" are one of the most environmentally damaging things we can dispose of...because it's never disposed of!  You hear awful stories of the breakdown of plastics  causing gender mutations in frogs and fish but, worse still is that a lot of people don't realize what harm plastics can do to humans!
NEVER heat or re-heat foods in plastic...heating plastic causes it to breakdown into a hormone-like similar to estrogen.  If you have to use plastic; use it sensibly and dispose of it sensibly...recycle or re-use.  There are many ways to recycle or re-use plastics.  Items like large coffee canisters are great to use as "Kitchen Compost" containers, they're also great for covering over tomato plants or other plants you may have out when the weather man is calling for low night temps.  Deli containers are great to use as mini-greenhouses as are yogurt containers with clear lids.  Mayonnaise jars are great for storing saved seeds.  Other containers with lids like side dishes and cool whip...these are great for organizing craft items, buttons, etc.  These are some simple ideas my mom taught me years ago because of the necessity of it's a necessity of health.
I am a breast cancer survivor so, I know first hand the weight of the issues of environmental toxins, agricultural pesticides/herbicides and other chemicals.  That's one of the reasons why we strive to bring chemical-free products to our customers.
So, this Earth Day, think about what the rest of your life means to you!

Wishing everyone wellness!




We're offering CSA shares this year and Goat Rentals

This year we are pleased to offer CSA shares.  We are starting with 5 full shares this year.  The shares are $25/week.  We were able to
extend our growing period last year until, we plan our shares to begin in May and go to November.  You can see full de-
tails on our listing.   We are also beginning a Goat Rental program.  We are an Animal Welfare Approved farm and this will help the
health of our animals through rotational grazing.
We were blessed with 3 healthy baby goats this Spring and all were does.  Their Sire, Penkerton (a registered Saanen), produced
ALL does this year! 
Spring is finally here and with it a lot of work for everyone but, after this past Winter I think everyone is ready!
Gardening has begun.  Potatoes and onions planted.  Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Raddichio, Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Looseleaf and Romaine
lettuce set out and under row covers.  A few tomatoe plants set out and under cover.  The weather is still a little unpredictable here but, more work
to come in the upcoming days.
Happy Gardening Everyone!




Shiitake Mushroom Harvest

Shiitake Mushrooms now fruiting!  We have the cooler strain of shiitake and do not force our mushrooms...we allow them to fruit when it is their time.  We deliver locally.  They are $8.00/lb.  See our listing for a photo.  Call or e-mail for more information or other questions. 

Would like feedback on products


We've had great response to our online store.  We would like to hear from any of you who purchased our products.  Let us know if you were satisfied or not with the product and how the turnaround time was receiving your product.  We would also like to hear from you who have visited the store but decided not to purchase.  Let us know how we could better meet your needs.

Thank you...Susan from The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms 

Spruce Pine, NC Farmers' Market this Wednesday

We had perfect weather at the market today!  It has been rainy for the past few weeks. We are seeing the last of the tomatoes, corn and berries.  Vendors had leeks, onions, pepper, salad mix greens, herbs (and herb teas as well!), LOTS of baked items, pumpkins, potatoes (irish and sweet), eggs, cheese, lots of crafts showing up now!  We had corn husk dolls, sorghum and broom corn seed heads.
If you're not able to visit with us at our market...please, go out and visit your local Farmers''ll be glad you did!




Falls' Harvest has begun


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Spruce Pine, NC Farmers' Market this Wednesday

This week at the market was very wet!  There was still a good turn-out of customers.
More fall crops coming in!  We had Jerusalem Artichokes and their beautiful bright flowers for cut bouquets.  Our Shiitake Mushrooms are finally coming in...we have the fall variety.  We had more Sugar Pie pumpkins, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and blueberries.
Other vendors still had corn, eggplant, garlic, pepper.  Leeks coming in.
Besides the wonderful vegetables there were the canned foods and bakes items.
There are many talented craftsmen in our area and they come out with their crafts.  Christmas is coming soon so, everyone think "Local" when you buy gifts and support your local crafts...or better yet make your own!!
We will soon be offering natural non-cosmetic grade mica (from our farm) for sale in our Local Harvest store.  This is great as an additive for soaps.


Spruce Pine, NC Farmers' Market this Wednesday

Last weeks' market showed a sign of fall.  Root crops such as irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and turnips were at the market.  We had pumpkins...the Sugar Pie pumpkins are in and they make wonderful pies.  The roasted seeds are delicious too!  We'll have the Snack Jacks' for next Wednesdays' market.  The Jerusalem Artichokes are looking good too.
Tomatoes are about over for most of the farmers' around here...the late blight hit hard.  It also hit our cantaloupes...hope to salvage some though!
We have fresh corn leaves for wraps and hope to have banana leaves for next Wednesdays' market.
Just gathered some green Oxacana "dent" corn and broom corn to dry for Falls' decorating time.  We'll be making swags and brooms from the broom corn and will have those in the store to sell.  Will gather the Bloody Butchers' corn to dry some next week.  We hope to leave some in the field to dry naturally to use for grinding and making into breads.


Spruce Pine, NC Farmers' Market this Wednesday

Today, at the market, the vendors opened a little early in order for people out for lunch to be able to visit the market in one trip.  Some of us were there between 1:00-1:30 p.m and stayed open until 5:30 p.m.
Tomatoes are finally on the list of produce available.  Some farmers are finding that the tomatoe crop is a little slower to ripen...probably the rain we've been having .  And with this is also the threat of a late blight which seems to be affecting farmers...mostly seen in the organic grown.
Corn is finally coming in as well.
There's a lot of choices here at the market and friendly, come by to see us.
We look to be open, at least, until the last of October.



Spruce Pine, NC Farmers' Market this Wednesday

There were quite a few vendors and shoppers out today at the Market even though it was a bit wet.
The vendors have quite a variety for a small market.  There was cabbage, chard, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, squash, beans, cuccumbers, blackberries, herbs and mints, cut flowers, homemade goats' milk soap, eggs, baked goods, canned goods, orders for organic poultry, pastured beef, goat cheese, crafts, blacksmith items, stone carver displaying her work and more.
If you're in the area stop by the Farmers' Market on Wednesdays from 2:30-5:30...some vendors set up before this time. 
Spruce Pine is home to the Gem and Mineral Festival which will be taking place the first week in August and Burnsville (Yancey Co.) is having the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair this weekend.
Everyone Welcome!


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