Farm Visit Snapshots: Heart Song Farm Known for Their Peppers and Flowers

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Emily Fuller is in her third year of farming at Heart Song Farm in Silk Hope, truly a labor of love for her. Emily grows vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers and also produces amazing farm-grown value-added products like smoked garlic scape salt, pepper spice blends, and herbal teas. Emily doesn’t do it alone, and she swears she couldn’t do it without Emma Stapleton, her year-round full-time employee. Emily’s husband Jeff also helps with farm infrastructure and occasionally with harvesting.

Emily has acquired a devoted following of customers in the three years she has been growing, and is especially becoming known for her peppers and cut flowers. She grows over 60 varieties of peppers, from sweet to hot and all in between. She only grows hot peppers that offer culinary value, meaning they are not only hot but also intensely flavorful. You can view a list of all her pepper varieties (with short descriptions) on her farm website.

Emily also grows dozens of different species of flowers, and she is adding more and more perennial flowers every year. Customers have fallen in love with her roses this year and will be thrilled to know that she plans to expand production in 2022.

Emily and Emma dry flowers throughout the season so that when the fresh flower season is over they turn to making dried flower wreaths and arrangements, evergreen wreaths, garlands, and door swags, as well as okra art, pine cone gnomes, garlic braids, and pepper ristras!

You can find Heart Song Farm year-round every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Pittsboro establishments such as Angelina’s Kitchen and The Beagle buy Heart Song Farm produce, spices, and flowers.

Heart Song Farm also offers a Flower CSA, and sign-ups for the 2022 Spring Flower CSA will start next week. This would make a lovely holiday gift for that special someone in your life! Check the website next week for details.

Visit the Heart Song Farm website and follow them on Instagram at @heartsongfarmnc. Email Emily directly if you have any questions or want to connect.

I took the photos below in late summer-fall. Check the photo captions for additional details.

A mid-August snapshot of a small portion of the flower production at Heart Song Farm. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cheiro Roxa peppers; they turn lavender/orange when ripe. Not quite as hot as a habanero but with a unique sweet flavor. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Emily picks peppers in mid-August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Emily grew three different varieties of Arbol peppers, which are similar to a cayenne pepper. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mid-August pepper display at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late August pepper display at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Emily includes helpful signs with information about each pepper variety to educate customers since so many of them are unusual. It’s really fun to try new peppers! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late September pepper display at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late September flower bouquets and roselle at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Grower Emily Fuller at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late October pepper display at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Photo by Debbie Roos.

A few of the many varieties of peppers grown at Heart Song Farm. I enjoyed buying unusual peppers and figuring out how to cook with them! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Emily dehydrates peppers and uses them to make delicious salts and seasonings. One of my favorites is the Cheeky Chipotle. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mini flower bouquets. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Red Barn is the designated dried flower arranging spot on the farm. It is filled with dried flowers and flower balls, wreaths, ristras…you name it! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Flowers are hung upside down to dry. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The garlic braids are beautiful and useful! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Emily makes one of her beautiful dried flower wreaths. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Emma is working on making some okra art! Photo by Debbie Roos.

A sampling of finished wreaths. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Dried dahlia blooms. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Emily has been having fun making Christmas ornaments out of dried okra pods! From left to right: Abominable Snowman, Grinch, and Santa. Photo by Emily Fuller.