Piglets roam, cows graze and music emanates from the barn at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. With its deep roots and long history, this is a favorite gathering place for neighbors, visitors and families.
The 90-acre farm is nestled in Fairview, North Carolina (about a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville). Visitors are free to explore the extensive property, where they’ll encounter sheep, goats, and even piglets. You also can shop at the farm store and enjoy a meal at their café. “Personally, I love their sausages…We had ‘sausage dogs’… and they were amazing,” remarked Felicia McMillan, Executive Chef and General Manager at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro. The Hickory Nut Gap Farm also hosts a variety of fun events, from Friday Night Barn Dances to a Summer Horse Camp.
Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to travel three hours to enjoy their food! Lucky 32 serves their breakfast links during brunch on the weekends. We also use a variety of their pork products, including the pork loin that’s featured on the 2016 Suddenly this Summer Menu (lunch, dinner and brunch).
- 9 ounces pork tenderloin
- salt & pepper
- 2 fluid ounces Caramelized Onions (recipe below)
- 3 fluid ounces Peach Chutney (recipe below)
Season pork loin with salt and pepper and sear or grill on all sides to medium-well. Slice loin on the diagonal and serve over caramelized onions. Top sliced pork with peach chutney.
Makes 1 serving
- 5 pounds of yellow onions
- 5 tablespoons of canola oil
Remove the peel and slice in half end to end. Cut onions into uniform 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat oil in sauté pan. Add onions and sauté until tender. Reduce heat and continue to cook until onions are caramelized to a golden brown. Pour off excess liquid.
Makes about 3 cups.
- 1 pound of peaches
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
- ¼ red bell pepper, diced
- ¼ yellow onion, diced
- ½ tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- ½ teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
- ½ tablespoon Jalapeño pepper, sliced
- ¼ granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Peel, pit and ice the peaches. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until syrup consistency is achieved.
Makes 1½ cups
Disclaimer: All our recipes were originally designed for much larger batch size. This recipe has been reduced – but not tested at this scale. Please adjust to your taste and portion size.
Visitors can learn about Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s rich history in the education center barn. The farm was founded by Jim and Elizabeth McClure in 1916 and is still run by the family. “The name and traditions are special, so farming ‘old school’ is just the way it’s always been done. It’s 100 years old. That’s amazing considering so many farms have had to compromise their ways…but they haven’t,” commented Chef McMillan.
Jamie and Amy Ager (fourth generation of McClures) now co-own the Hickory Nut Gap farm business and brand Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Chef McMillan says that a relationship with the farm made perfect sense for Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen: “They have passion and values that are in line with what we do. After speaking with Jamie for just a few minutes, you can tell that he is so close to the farm and really cares about not only what they do, but how they do it.”
Posted July 2016