Thursday, May 19, 2011

North Carolina Truffles and a Visit from Martha Stewart !!!

Truffles harvested in North Carolina
Photo by Truffles Growing in NC Blog
Meet TrufflesNC at Keep Your Fork Farm.

I love the story of the origin of the farm's name...
There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly. "What's that?" came the Pastor’s reply.

"This is very important," the young woman continued.. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The Pastor stood looking at her, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" she asked. "Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the Pastor.

The lady explained. "In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork'. It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! If I'm in a casket, I am sure I'm headed for the very best."

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them: "Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come."
Keep Your Fork Farm is a real honest to goodness truffle farm where they tell the truth about truffle production (or lack thereof) in an effort to educate and provide information to people who really care about the real story of truffle growing as we know it in the U.S.  Connect with their blog Truffle Growing in NC.

Martha Stewart hunts truffles in North Carolina.
Photo by Truffle Growing in NC blog.
As the truffle growing business has matured it has called me to look at other ways to capitalize on the growing popularity of truffles in North Carolina. Truffle Butter (truffles and butter, period) is most delicious and they have several retail specialty grocers carrying it. There's more to growing and marketing truffles than meets the eye.

Friday, the truffle hunter.
Photo by Truffle Growing in NC blog.
All Natural Black Winter Perigord Truffle Butter from TrufflesNC can be purchased at Reynolda Farm Market, Winston-Salem, NC, Shelton Vineyard's Harvest Grill, Ragapple Lassie Winery, Healthy Home Market in Charlotte and Hickory and Table 16 in Greensboro.

Orders placed via email directly with TrufflesNC can be shipped. To order online, send an email to Jane and she will take it from there.

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