Friday, August 17, 2012

Hickory Nut Gap Meats, Asheville, NC: Cured Delight

Hickory Nut Gap Farm specializes in delicious locally sourced cured meats. Located in North Carolina, this farm raises their own animals on certified organic fields.

Ryan Sitler of Hickory Nut Gap Ranch, West Asheville
Tailgate Market, Asheville, NC

I met Ryan Sitler, Hickory Nut Gap's farmers' market salesman, at the West Asheville Tailgate Market. "We use celery salt in our salami instead of synthetic nitrate salt," he told me.

They sell many types of cured pork products like bacon, pepperoni, and prosciutto. They also sell pastured poultry, and grass-fed beef products.

I could taste all their attention-to-detail practices in the hard salami classico. It reminded me of European cured meats with a perfect balance of fat to salt to meat ratio.

According to their website, 12 years ago farmers Jamie and Amy Ager started running the business, shortly after graduating from Warren Wilson College. Their practical studies in international farm practices has sculpted the business.

The farm is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday. In season, they have organic u-pick berry picking fields.

To find out more, you can go to their website
or visit them at 57 Sugar Hallow Rd, Fairview, NC    Phone (828) 628-1027

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