Harland's Creek Farm-Certified Organic

Organic--Historic--Enduring

Twitter linkHarland's Creek Farm, LLC is a certified organic farm located four miles west of Pittsboro NC.  All our flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits are certified organic.  The farm is operated  by Judy Lessler, Erasmo Flores, and Rene Rios. Judy started the farm with her husband in 1999.  After many years working on the farm, Erasmo and Rene became partners in 2016.

We sell our products at the Durham Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Visit the market's web site for more information. We are also at the  Apex Farmers' Market.  We operate two CSAs, our Tuesday CSA wiht deliveries in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Pittosboro and our Durham Collaborative CSA with deliveries at the Durham Farmers Market.  See the CSA tabs for more information and to enroll.  And we also sell to local restaurants, mainly: Poole's Downtown Diner, and Death and Taxes in Raleigh, Tazza Kitchen in Raleigh, and The Boot, Maeto Bar de Taps, and Geer Street  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. 

You can buy directly from us.  Please send an e-mail to hcffarmers@gmail.com  or call Rene at 919-200-2794 for more information.

  The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations writes   “…organic [methods] …are increasing soil organic carbon by [transferring] large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere to the soil … enhanced carbon sequestration, coupled with additional biodiversity…organic agriculture [has] potential for mitigating and adopting to climate change. From http://www.fao.org/organicag/oa-specialfeatures/oa-climatechange/en/  January 29, 2017. 

We farm organically--to protect our staff, our customers,

and our world.

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Cooking--Farming--Thinking

Tomato Sandwich Time

Posted by Judy Lessler :: Tuesday, July 25 :: 11:18am

It is tomato sandwich time. The picture is a tomato sandwich with turkey bacon. It just needs the last preparation step. It has to be smashed. After taking the photo, I pressed down hard on one side, turned it over, and pressed hard on the other. This causes the juices to penetrate the bread, and if you do a good job, you may need a bib to eat it.   

 

Here’s the scoop on tomato sandwiches: The classic tomato sandwich is simply tomato and mayonnaise on white bread. In assessing quality, people could debate the variety of tomato, the type of bread, and the appropriateness of additives, such as basil, dill, or a cucumber. These ingredients do not inspire much passion at least not the passion the type of mayonnaise does. Should you use Hellman’s or Duke’s?     

In the mid-twentieth century when I was growing up, some people were known to use Miracle Whip instead of mayo. This has since been recognized as a colossal mistake, and since the dawning of the twenty-first century, it is rare to find a Miracle Whip proponent. Curiously, Miracle Whip has become very popular in Germany, which a strange development given that Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, and you would expect that Germans, in general, would be upholding high standards of decorum and manners as benefits their new leadership status. I learned about the popularity of Miracle Whip in Germany from Wikipedia, and, upon consideration, think it may be OK. Wiki did not mention how the Germans were eating Miracle Whip.  Perhaps it is not on tomato sandwiches and does not represent a desecration of culinary standards.  

You do not need to search far to find articles and “research” on the Duke’s versus Hellman’s conflict. In 2015, Our State magazine published an article by Susan Strafford Kelly called Mayo Mutiny about this conflict. Kelly reports interest in resolving this conflict is now so widespread and intense that people are conducting their own blind studies and posting the results on social media. She also noted a general preference for Duke’s mayonnaise. 

Only 18 months later, Kathleen Purvis reported in the Charlotte Observer on the results of a small experiment conducted by the Piedmont Culinary Guild with chefs and farmer. This created an uproar among Duke’s proponents because Hellmann’s won.  

I worked for thirty-years as a research statistician. I can confidently state that these small scale experiments are flawed in terms of sample size, randomness, and control of extraneous variables. Therefore, just go with your own preferences, but remember to keep the Duke’s on hand to make a sandwich for your visiting aunt.    

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Judy started HCF.  She develops meal plans for the CSAs, maintains our web-site, 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, He became a partners in 2016 and lives in Siler City. You can meet him at the Saturday Durham Farmers' market on alternate Saturdays.  He is active in all aspects of the farm, is our main tractor guy, and is transitioning into doing the book-keeping.

Rene with children posing in front or his house

Rene has been full time on the farm since 2012.  He works on all aspects of the farm, receives and delivers restaurant orders, and does most of the 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: