Holly Springs Homestead now exclusively offers fruits, produce and farm raised meats wholesale to restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, grocery stores, markets, and other venues.
In late 2019, we made the decision to remodel the Market here at Holly Springs Homestead, back into our primary residence. The old farmhouse made the perfect central location for our farmers market and scratch cookin’ kitchen where we served up the harvest of the day. However, with the availability of our cook changing due to family health issues, we knew that we would need to find someone that was able to create and take the raw ingredients we produced here on the farm and turn it into delightful and tasty meals to serve. At the time of our decision we were still searching.
Our nostalgia for this piece of land and the home that sits here goes back to family. The original home, which has been added on to, yet still exists, was the birth place of Luke’s dad Fred. Our dream had been to build a new home on the land where Luke grew up, however, we love our neighbors and the neighborhood at Holly Springs so much, that when our other home up the road sold in just three weeks of listing it, we just couldn’t bear leaving this area. We lived in a camper for three months on the other land while we got construction bids on what we thought would be our forever home. With our poultry farm, all of the animals, and all of the vegetable production still at Holly Springs, we found ourselves spending all of our time there at the market even late into the evening and using the camper as only a place to sleep. With neither of us wanting to disappoint the other we held off mentioning what was on both of our hearts and that was to cancel the plans to build and to move back into our original home together which was now a growing and productive market. When we finally spoke of it, the entire family was in favor. The decision to close the retail market, kitchen, and farm stay rental was not an easy decision. We had worked tirelessly since December 5, 2014 building the business lines and adding to what we offered the public. Our family, even through the longest and hardest days, unifying to make our dream a reality – it was such a special time for us and one that brought us closer together. But as our business grew and became more successful, it was also the thing that separated us. As a family owned and operated business, we were all responsible for the daily tasks and dividing and conquering was the name of the game. Please don’t misunderstand. We are still farming. Still in the business of agriculture. Still raising our pastured heritage breed pork, Angus beef, poultry, berries and more…..that only change is how we are marketing our products and how we have streamlined sales and distribution. While the model worked in a retail setting it was very labor intensive, required we work every Saturday, and was the least efficient way of moving the quantity of produce/products we grow each year.
In 2020, we will be taking on new wholesale customers and hope to provide you with our veggies and other products in your local shops and stores to ensure that you are still able to access locally grown and freshly picked foods from people who you know and trust.
We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who shopped with us. We had many regulars who saw the value of getting garden fresh foods without having to do the work yourselves. We thank you for supporting us, for spending your dollars locally with us, and for all of the kindness you have shown for the last five years.
As we change up our model to a wholesale operation, we move back into our HOME. You will no longer see market signs or customer parking but if you drive by you will likely catch us out working the land and doing what we love to do. We hope that you continue to educate yourself on agriculture. We will still be out promoting this noble profession and way of life.
Thank you again! All wholesale inquiries can be sent to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke and Deedee