Bethel Valley Farms
North Carolina Berry Farms
We are excited to see what the Summer and Fall 2015 season holds! In order to accommodate our local residents, we have changed “You Pick” on Saturdays to “You Pick” Every Day (*Weather Dependent – Please check our Facebook Page for most up-to-date information). We are excited to have our local residents and neighbors come out and enjoy the beautiful weather while picking fresh berries to take home with them!
We are anxiously awaiting the approval from the Federal Government for the Appalachian High Country AVA (American Viticulture Area). If approved, wineries and vineyards from eight counties and three states will be distinguished as the great wines of the High Countries of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Johnnie James, owner of BVF, was one of the key people that spearheaded this initiative along with the help of Dr. Jeff Colby, Director of the ASU Geography and Planning Department, Bianca Temple, Graduate Student in the ASU Geography and Planning Department, and Derek Goddard, Principal with Blue Ridge Environmental Consultants. For more information, check out an interview with Johnnie James on the Mountain Television Network.
Bethel Valley Farms has been invited to participate in the High Country 2015 Farm Tour, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. We are a part of the July 18th tour and hope you will support this event to educate consumers about sustainable agriculture and local food in the community High Country 2015 Farm Tour.
We have hired Six ASU students to join the Bethel Valley Farms team this summer. Dr. Seth Cohen, the Director Fermentation Sciences at ASU, recommended a few motivated students that were passionate about learning about farming from agricultural and business perspectives. In order to support sustainable agriculture, we have found ways to utilize our overripe berries. We are utilizing materials that other farms might waste to make beers, wines, and ports. Later this summer, we are bottle sharing with Grandfather Winery to make a raspberry and blackberry port.
We will continue to provide our berries wholesale to local restaurants and grocery stores including:
• The Come Back Shack in Boone
• Fred’s Mercantile Store on Beech Mountain
• Lowes Food in Boone and Tyncastle
• We also will continue to sell our berries to local jam makers, including the Palace Green
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