Reflecting on our Summer Gardens

The Fearrington Gardens have had a busy summer producing vegetables like eggplant, cucumber and so much more for our dishes at The Fearrington House. We sat down with Junior Sous Chef Zac to find out how the gardens performed this season, and what’s being planted next!

As a whole how did you feel about the first major season incorporating the garden and The Fearrington House menu?
When we planned the summer menu we focused our efforts on tomatoes, beans, tomatillos, cucumbers and we were able to provide the Fearrington House restaurant with a bounty of these items. We also tried to experiment with other items that made for a very exciting summer menu. Overall, the summer garden was an amazing success and has motivated us to expand the garden this fall.

Looking ahead, is there anything you’ll do differently next summer?
Next summer I want to look at expanding the total area we have for the garden so that we can grow even more. I would also like to have a fully installed irrigation system by next summer so we can help relieve the plants from some of the summer heat. I would also love to find more time to prune more of the tomatoes and peppers to help increase their yield.

Any advice for home gardeners on how to push through the summer heat and keep the garden happy?
Summer is an amazing time to garden because of all of the produce possibilities, but can be very challenging because of the heat. It is important to pace yourself as a gardener and find strategic ways to succeed. I find that watering at night helps both the garden and the gardner stay cool.

Keep an eye out for what’s growing in our fall gardens!

Meet Our Bees

Have you heard the buzz? Of our bees, that is! Fearrington is now home to four bee hives, which produce the honey for The Fearrington House menu and for our Fearrington House-to-Home take-home honey. We talked with Junior Sous Chef Zac to see what's new with our flying friends. Where are they from? Our bees are from local hives in North Carolina. It is best to use bees from the area you live in because they are acclimated to the weather - in our case the heat - and are less likely to be... Full Post >

Pinot Grigio vs. Pinot Gris

Wine is a unique and compelling product. Each wine pulls flavors and aromas from where it is produced. Factors such as soil type, sun exposure, humidity, temperature shifts, and a variety of other factors guarantee that good wine has a distinctive taste of its home, or terroir. These differences mean that neighboring vineyards may end up producing vastly different wines. Enter Pinot Grigio, a humble and expressive variety that is perfect for a study in terroir. Pinot Gris and... Full Post >

Q&A with Molly Hurley & Suzanne Pond

We were excited to catch up with Molly Hurley and Suzanne Pond, before their Kinross trunk show at Dovecote on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th. Here is what they shared with us about their collection! How does your brand develop from season to season? Kinross strives to put a fresh, modern, relevant and original perspective on design. While keeping an eye on emerging trends, we craft our collection to include wear-now pieces for all sensibilities. We no longer see... Full Post >

In The Mood For An Adventure?

The Golem And The Jinni is a creative delight, a tale of fantastical creatures. Full of adventure, philosophical and spiritual conundrums tangled amid devotion, friendship, and love. I absolutely love this book! Not only because of the wonderful story, but also because of its physical beauty. I didn't want the story to end, and I didn't want to put this book down! Stop by McIntyre's to pick up The Golem And The Jinni - or call 919.542.3030 to hold a copy! - Mouse,... Full Post >

The Belted Bottle Club

It's simple and easy to become a member of The Belted Bottle Club - just purchase six (or more) bottles of wine at The Goat! Our wine team is pleased to offer a discount of 10% off of orders of six bottles, or a half case, and 15% off of full case orders. If you can't find what you're looking for, stop by Wednesday - Saturday from 2-4pm to place a special order with Colin, Fearrington's sommelier. In addition, with the purchase of six bottles, you'll receive a complimentary wine satchel... Full Post >