In case you’re wondering…his shirt reads, “Eat Spinach – Grow Muscles!”
“The Hutchens Homestead has been producing pasture ranged eggs, pasture-tractor turkeys and chickens, honey bees, and seasonal vegetables for 3 years. Grant, the husband, is a NASCAR engineer transplanted from the beautiful state of Nebraska. Hollie, the wife, is an RN “on hiatus” and a transplant from Texas. Hollie grew up as an active member in the local 4-H and FFA showing hogs, horses, goats and rabbits. After living in suburbia and graduating college, both knew it was time to get back to their roots and they wanted to settle in Salisbury.
The homestead came about through the passion of sustainable living, permaculture practices, and the freedom that one gets from a subsistence lifestyle. We have always believed that things thrive best when provided the optimal nature environment, essentially less is more when it comes to farming. This is how the chemical-free homestead was created and how we continue to practice to this day. No chemicals, herbicides, fungicide, pesticides, or genetically modified products are used on our farm.
We only plant heirloom or organic seeds and have transitioned the Homestead to no-till gardening this year. At any time you will find a chicken sunning itself on the front porch and Hollie pulling weeds. We focus on quality more than quantity, so sometimes the yields are small, if at all – depending on mother nature, but they are always seasonal and delicious.
Our favorite recipes vary depending on the season, but the fabulous go-to recipes include pepper jelly (bell pepper and jalapeno peppers), braised radishes, spinach and egg frittata, crock-pot chicken, fresh garden salad, baked Italian potatoes, and vegetable soup with those tasty heirloom carrots. The Hutchens Homestead will provide these recipes and more throughout the season on Facebook and at the Salisbury-Rowan Farmers Market. “
We hope to see everyone soon!
Salisbury, North Carolina