For the past few years we at Green Valley Grill in Greensboro have been exploring new ways to bring the freshest, most flavorful foods to our guests while considering the triple bottom line of profit, environmental sensitivity and social responsibility. We call this our "Farm to Fork Initiative." To these ends we’re purchasing some of our meats and seafoods differently. We’re also bringing more and more local produce and artisan-made cheeses. We hope that this Initiative will have long-lasting effects that extend through-out our community. Some of our partners are local farmers who handpick their produce on just a couple acres, and others are larger companies that supply some of the best restaurants in the country with top quality ingredients. We have long believed that the nearer the farm to the fork the better the flavor.
Plum Granny Farm in Capella
Plum Granny Farm is a USDA Certified Organic small family farm located in the north central piedmont area of North Carolina. The farm is set on 54 beautiful acres of rolling countryside just south
of Hanging Rock State Park in the Capella community.
They are building their heritage as a NC Century Farm, as the farm has been in the Fergusin family for over 140 years. They grow raspberries, blackberries, garlic, ginger, specialty veggies, herbs and cut flowers. This year they are adding eggs from pastured chickens and honey produced without miticides or antibiotics.
Although full-time farming is new to them, they have deep connections to a farming heritage. Cheryl grew up on this farm and her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all practiced the art of cultivation on this soil. Ray has his farming roots in Kansas where his mother grew up amid some of the most beautiful soil that has ever been seen.
Their approach to farming is to nurture the soil and the land to return it to its optimal state. Bulding the soil with cover crops, compost and manure will help produce better, healthier crops and is an essential part of sustainability.
Farlow Farm in Archdale
Farlow Farm is a small family farm in Archdale, NC, where Russel and Jennifer have converted a former dairy farm into a vegetable farm. We've been buying their basil, tomatoes and squash. You can find their produce at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market and, of course, at their farm.
Schicker's ACRE in Pleasant Garden
"Only 1 mule and 39 shy"
As Mark Schicker, server at our sister restaurant Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, says, "I started a very small garden in 2007, and my idea is to grow hard-to-find vegetables, from kohlrabi to black cherry tomatoes. I'm always on the lookout for new or interesting vegetable varieties. Gardening, for me, is one yearly experiment after another. My latest attempt is to mulch my whole garden so there is never bare ground. Mother Nature abhors a vacuum, and care ground equals weeds. While Mother Nature does most of the work, it is always fascinating to watch things grow."
Massey Creek Farm in Madison
"Farm-raised, natural products from our farm to your family." For over 200 years, their family has dedicated its work to cultivating the land in Rockingham County. For the last 20 years, they have rpodiced pork, and in the last year they totally changed their model to deliver all-natural, pastured products that are environmentally sustainable.
Pigs, lambs and chickens roam on fresh grass, breathe mountain air, and are never injected or fed with hormones or additives. They supplement their pasture grazing with locally-purchased grain. Generations of their family currently farm the land so they can provide you with locally-grown, quality food products from your community.
Fogwood Food in Reidsville
Small farmers in rural North Carolina, Fogwood Food grows Shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, ginger, blueberries and other various produce items in small quantities to sell. Fogwood Food is a proud member of Got to be NC!
Parker Farms in Clinton
Van Parker plants his tomatoes the day after Thanksgiving, so by early spring Chef Leigh Hesling can get tomatoes to incorporate into dishes at Print Works Bistro and Green Valley Grill all through summer. You ask...how does Parker deliver heirloom tomatoes so early in the season? A little creativity and a lot of tinkering. Chef Leigh Hesling gets a kick out of visiting Parker Farms, because as most farmers around here do, they re-purpose old stuff and find just the right use for it. To perfect his tomatoes, Van Parker bought a boiler from an old High Point furniture warehouse (we’re talking Mike Mulligan-size) to heat the farm’s large greenhouse during the cooler NC months.
Try some North Carolina wines from our award-winning Wine List. The nearby Yadkin Valley is designated as the first viticultural appellation in North Carolina. There are 150 appellations in United States, including 14 in the southern region. A region can gain an appellation if its soil, growing season, climate and amount of rainfall vary from the surrounding areas. The Yadkin Valley is very distinct with soil that is clayey, well-drained and moderately fertile, which are excellent qualities for grape growing. In the past five years, the number of wineries in North Carolina has leaped from 15 to 40. Take a tour of central North Carolina Wineries.