Sunburst Chef and Farmer New!
Charles Hudson, Sally Eason, Bennett Tompkins
Smith Mill Works, 80 Cowan Cove Rd., Asheville
Sunburst Chef and Farmer is an aquaponics farm where we grow several varieties of lettuce, kale, basil, herbs, and microgreens. Come learn about aquaponics, a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics that grows plants and fish together in a symbiotic relationship. Enjoy guided tours of our 13,800 sq. ft. greenhouse, see our fish, and learn about our aquaponics system.
For sale on tour: A variety of lettuces, herbs, and microgreens.
More for kids: Kids of all ages are encouraged to tour our greenhouse and meet our fish. Staff will be in the greenhouses to demonstrate safety.
Directions: Travel 1 mile on Highway 63/New Leicester Highway and turn left onto the third Old Country Home Road. After 1.8 miles, turn left onto Johnston School Road. Keep left to stay on this road, which will eventually turn into Cowan Cove Road. Drive for .7 mile to a gate outside the Smith Mill Works facility. Turn left through the gate and drive down into the parking lot.
Find us at tailgates: West Asheville Tailgate Market, YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market
Additional Farms at Smith Mill Works
Visitors also have the opportunity to meet with other local farms and businesses occupying some of the greenhouses and spaces on the Smith Mill Works property. Just Ripe Farm (based in Madison County) will be on site all weekend showing visitors their greenhouse and sharing information about their farm and CSA program. Just Ripe Farm will also have produce, herbs, and flowers for sale. The Smith Mill Works complex has five acres of indoor growing facilities in total and another 20,000 sq. ft. of mixed use warehousing, manufacturing, and office/studio space.
Addison Farms Vineyard
Eddie, Maleada, Dianne, and Jeff Frisbee
4005 New Leicester Hwy., Leicester
Addison Farms Vineyard is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery. We planted our first acre of vines in 2009. At an elevation between 2250’ and 2300’, the vineyard is surrounded by nearly 360° mountain views. Visitors can tour our vineyard, enjoy our tasting room, and learn about our winemaking process.
For sale on tour: A variety of wines.
Directions: Travel about 14 miles on Highway 63/New Leicester Highway. The farm is on the right just past Union Baptist Church, which is on the left. Driveway is the first right after the cemetery.
Farm House Beef
Carolyn and Mike Bradley
978 Piney Grove Rd., Marshall
Stretch your legs and hit the trail on our picturesque 130-acre family farm. Enjoy guided tours and a hayride to our scenic ridge top at 2300’. Learn about our rotational grazing practices, summer and fall pasture management, and how we humanely raise our grass-fed Angus cattle. Come later in the afternoon to catch our calves grazing in the field (greatest number visible from 3-5 pm). We will also offer a demonstration on making bone broth.
Enjoy a meal: We will offer barbecue, hamburgers, cheeseburgers with chips and drinks, as well as a bone broth tasting.
For sale on tour: All cuts of beef, quarter and half beef sizes available.
More for kids: Take a hike on our farm, or play a game of croquet, badminton, or horseshoes.
Directions: Travel about 13 miles on Highway 63/New Leicester Highway to Highway 1001/Meadows Town Road. Turn right toward Marshall. Travel about 3 miles and take a left on Piney Grove Road (no street sign; look for Piney Grove Baptist Church sign). Travel 1 mile to the farm house.
Betty and Robin Reeves, and Thomas Rathbone
9205 N. Carolina 63, Marshall
We are a seventh generation family farm raising beef cattle, chickens, ducks, lambs, pigs, and turkeys. Visit our animals and greenhouses, see our new hydroponic vegetable operation, and learn about our process for growing winter feed. Also enjoy a virtual tractor ride in a NC Farm Bureau agri-simulator.
Enjoy a meal: Tacos, hot dogs, slaw.
For sale on tour: Frozen beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, hydroponic vegetables, flowers, bedding plants, and hanging baskets from our greenhouse.
More for kids: See the animals, pick your own vegetables, and settle down for story time on the farm.
Directions: Travel about 16 miles on Highway 63/New Leicester Highway. When you cross the Buncombe-Madison County line you will have about 2 more miles to go. Turn right for our farm.