Harland's Creek Farm-Certified Organic

Organic--Historic--Enduring

Twitter linkHarland's Creek Farm is a certified organic farm located four miles west of Pittsboro NC.  It is the site of the Alston-Degraffenreid house, a national historic site. Our flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits are certified organic.  We also have eggs from pasture raised hens that are fed an all-grain diet that is antibiotic free.

We sell our products at the Durham Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Visit the market's web site for more information. LoMo Market is also carrying our products.  LoMo Market moves from place to place in the Triangle area.  To find a location, go to the LoMo web site.  Many of our products are sold through CSAs.  See the CSA tabs for more information and procedures on enrolling.   And we also sell to local restaurants, mainly: Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, Tazza Kitchen in Raleigh, and Pizzeria Toro in Durham.  These are the all topnotch places with excellent chefs. We are particularly in awe of Ashley Christensen who leads a great team of chefs in multiple sites.

If you are in Pittsboro,  restaurants that have local food we love are: Small B&B  Cafe, Oakleaf  Restaurant, and Angelina's Kitchen.  They are less likely to have our food, but you might see us eating there. 

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History. The Alston-Degraffenreid house was built in 1810 and the farm has a long history.  There is a 53 acre historic site surrounding the farm. We are dedicated to maintaining this site for future generations.

Alston-Degraffenreid House

When Judy and her family first moved into the Alston-Degraffenreid house in the early 70s, kudzu covered the yard and had begun to grow up on the porch. After her husband did some clearing, they  discovered old orchards, flower gardens, and fields. In the fall of 2001 we built a parterre at the site of an old flower garden and started returning the fields to food production.  Judy's husband died in 2002; all five children have grown up and have their own families; and, with the children all raised, Judy now raises vegetables, flowers, and chickens.

Farming Practices. We have five acres under production including a one acre poultry pasture.  We rotate the 3-quarter-acre  main summer garden over a three areas and grow cover crops on the other two areas. Another 3/4 area plot is intensively farmed with crops both in spring and fall. Soil amendments include compost, green sand,  mined phosphates, feather meal, and other products approved by the National Organic Program (NOP). Mulching, row covers, flame weeding, and landscape cloth help control weeds and pests. We have deer fences and  a Jack Russell terrier who pursues the groundhogs. All our flowers are conditioned using NOP approved materials. 

You can buy directly from us.  Please send an e-mail to hcffarmers@gmail.com  or call us at 919-542-4607 for more information.


 

 

 

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Harland's Creek Farm Okra Day Wednesday August 19, 2015

Posted by Judy Lessler :: Tuesday, August 18 :: 7:00pm

Harland’s Creek Farm Okra Day August 19, 2015

Did you know that:

1)   George Washington Carver and Henry Ford dreamed of making a biodegradable automobile with plastic made out of soybeans and rugs and mats made out of okra

2)   Local artists make paper out of okra

3)   There are okra festivals all over the world

4)   Okra was used as a substitute for coffee in the South during the US Civil War

5)   Okra came to the new world during the slave trade  

We want to hear about your experiences with okra.

Our questions:

1)   Have you ever been in a parade that honored okra?

2)   How do you like to eat okra?

3)   Have you ever grown okra, picked okra, cooked okra?

4)   Did/does your mother like okra?

5)   Do you wear okra on your face at Halloween?  

Come by the Harland’s Creek Farm space at the

Durham Farmers' Market on

Wednesday  August 19, 2015. 3:30 to 6:30

Talk to us about okra.  

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The farmers who grow your food and flowers

Judy started HCF.  She develops meal plans for the CSAs, deliveries to restaurants, and writes our blog. You can meet her most weeks at the Durham Farmers Market on Wednesday and Saturday.

Erasmo worked part time on the farm for years and then came full time in 2011.  You can meet him at the Saturday Durham Farmers' market on alternate Saturdays.  He is active in all aspects of the farm and is our main tractor guy.

Martin at the Durham Farmers' MarketMartin also worked part-time before starting full time in 2011.  He is the main man at the Wednesday Durham Farmers Market.

Rene with children posing in front or his houseRene has been full time on the farm since 2012.  He works on all aspects of the farm and does a lot of deliveries. This is Rene with two of his children in front of his house.

We are a great team.

Where to buy our organic food

You can get our food by:

Visiting one of these local restaurants:

Pittsboro restaurants that have local food we love are: