Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

Coming up this September 17-18 is the 6th annual Eastern Triangle farm tour.  This year’s tour promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring 25 sustainable farms in Durham, Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Granville and Person

The event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market.  Advance tickets are $25 per carload or cycle group. Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm and can be used to visit all of the farms on the tour. Day-of tickets are $30 or $10 per farm.

Highlights of this year’s tour include:

  • The terraced fields of the small family farm of Wild Scallions have mixed production of heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as pasture-raised chickens and goats.  Also, see their native bees and worm castings operation.  Contact: Matt & Renee Clayton, 336-364-4169. (North Durham)
  • The beautiful rolling hills of Hundred Acre Wood showcase a solar home, sawmill and restored log barn with a variety of small-scale livestock and market garden. Contact: Jim & Cathy Dykes, 336-364-2972. (North Durham)
  • Free-range chickens, heritage turkeys, organic produce and flower operation at Meadowbright Farm. Contact: Sheryl & Ed Munt, 919-559-8924. (Franklin County)
  • Grass-fed cattle and pastured poultry at Lucky 3 Farm are used by local specialty butchers to produce delicious meats.  Contact: Traci & Calvin Nachtrab, 919-853-6304. (Franklin County)
  • Local expert Bob Davis will be available in Durham and Raleigh to field questions about caring for chickens in the city.  His workshops will be at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm on Saturday and the SEEDS Garden on Sunday.

Tour-goers can use the maps available through our website or in the tour booklet to determine which farms to visit and find their way. Tour goers are encouraged to bring a cooler. There will be lots of fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, and other products for sale at the farms.

For more information and tickets, go to www.carolinafarmstewards.org.

Bavarian Brathaus Truck (Cary, NC)

I like sausage as much as the next guy, or maybe I don’t, because I’ve never been a big bratwurst fan.  I think it’s because I’m wary of eating huge portions of fatty meat in one sitting.  I like sausage occasionally, and in smaller quantities – sprinkled on a pizza, say, or in a taco or omelette – rather than as a bulky inflated hot dog.  I do love biscuits with sausage gravy, but a biscuit with a big sausage patty is usually just about all that I  can handle.

Still, when I met my wife over at the Cary Whole Foods for lunch one day recently, I was drawn to the Bavarian Brathaus truck parked outside.  They were offering homemade bratwurst on a pretzel roll with mustard and sauerkraut for just $5.  They also had goulash and potato salad for sale, but I figured (correctly) that the sandwich alone would be enough to fill me up, making for a cheap lunch.

The good news was that the sausage itself was not fatty at all; in fact it was surprisingly light.   It reminded me somewhat of a chicken or a turkey sausage, and I wish now that I had inquired about the types of meat(s) in it.  The bad news was that the overall experience was a bit lifeless.  The meat was remarkably mild and flavorless, and the bun was fresh but lacked some essential pretzel-ness.  The sauerkraut was similarly dull; really the only thing that brought flavor to the sandwich was the zingy horseradish-mustard (a flavor that I don’t particularly care for).  I don’t know how they do bratwurst in Germany, and this one wasn’t bad, but it was a little disappointing.  About 2/3 of the way through the sandwich, I removed the sausage and substituted some of my wife’s peppery chicken (from the Whole Foods hot bar).  Not being a huge sausage guy, it was more satisfying that way.