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