Our Belties & Farm Happenings

Our black and white belted cows are Belted Galloways, a rare breed of Scottish beef cattle that was introduced to the United States back in the 1950s. In the early 1980s, R.B. Fitch brought a herd of six Belties from Virginia to Fearrington. There are now over thirty Belties grazing our rolling pastures. The Belties’ sole purpose is to greet village guests and coax a smile or two.

A Clean Sweep

Fearrington's longtime farmer and "Beltie-whisperer" Bob Strowd takes Fearrington's Belted Galloway Cows on a trip every year. This yearly adventure takes a select few of Fearrington's Belties away from the serene pastures surrounding the Village Center and into the North Carolina State Fair. Every year the fair grows larger, the crowds increase and the cattle competition intensifies. We are proud to announce that Fearrington's Belties made a clean sweep of the fair's awards this year --... Full Post >

Anticipating Chef Bedford on the Today Show!

Everyone, including our Belties, are thrilled that The Fearrington House's Executive Chef Colin Bedford has been invited back to the TODAY Show in the Big Apple! Tune in tomorrow (Friday, August 29th) at 9:36am EST to see his segment teaser, followed soon after by him whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. We "herd" he was cooking up the perfect Fall combination of an open-faced seared steak sandwich on challah bread and butternut squash soup. Don't fret -- the recipe will... Full Post >

Bouquet Making with Southern Weddings

I always love starting the day in our beautiful cutting gardens (thank you Gardener Donna Mears!) and today  was even better because I got to share it with an amazing group of women. The charming and talented ladies from Southern Weddings Magazine just happen to be visiting Fearrington for a retreat. We had a casual stroll through the cutting gardens followed by a very informal lesson in bouquet design. It was so interesting to see who picked what – and although they all cut from... Full Post >

Fearrington Beltie Turns One!

Can you believe that one year ago today Fearrington Beltie made his debut off the farm? In just a 365 days he has traveled to Vegas, Brazil, London, New York City and now his friends are filling out their passport too (check them out)! So, what's Beltie have to say about his adventures? I got the chance to sit down with this traveling oreo bovine and ask him myself. Q: You’ve traveled a lot of places this year, which destination was your favorite and why? Beltie: Without a doubt... Full Post >

Peachy Keen!

Peaches are making their debut at The Fearrington Farmer's market tomorrow! The season becomes even more "peachy" when the peaches arrive from Kalawi Farm. They bring delicious peaches, and delightful, homemade peach ice cream in small, individual-sized containers. The Fearrington Farmer's Market has a few tips on selecting peaches: Look for peaches with a creamy to gold under color that best indicates ripeness. The amount of red blush on fruit depends on the variety and is not always a... Full Post >

Stone Cold Belties!

While most have seen our lively Beltie Crew in the front pastures as they enter the Village Center, only some know where to find their friends made of stone that also "live and graze" in Fearrington.  When the temperatures started to drop in the Fall some of our residents took it upon themselves to keep our concrete sheep nice and warm throughout the winter with scarves and little leg warmers!  To visit with these friendly animals we challenge you to come find them and their handmade... Full Post >

Return of the Whirligigs

We are very fortunate to have four very large whirligigs made by the late, great folk artist Vollis Simpson of Lucama, NC. Vollis was always very concerned to know that we were taking good care of his whirligigs, making especially certain that they were properly greased.  Vollis passed away this summer at the age of 94, but his artwork will live on for many years in his honor thanks to the great care of fellow folk artist Riley Foster. Riley is a metal worker extraordinaire who has spent... Full Post >

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkinfest!

Lumineers, Jarrehdales, Fairytales and Sugar Pies -- the Fearrington Gardeners were at the Raleigh Farmers Market last week in search of the perfect pumpkins for this year's Pumpkinfest! We've found some beauties and can't wait to get started decorating! Full Post >

Meet until you’re Beat!

Known as the “ultimate global travel community event,” Virtuoso Travel Week is one not to miss!  Over 4,000+ Virtuoso travel agents gather together in Las Vegas each year to meet & greet with hoteliers from all over the world.  Similar to speed dating each hotelier is given just 4 minutes to present the travel agent with as much information about their property as possible before time is up and they move on to the next agent.  Now imagine doing this 100 times a day for 4 days... Full Post >

And the winner is…

Cassandra Johnson (Beet & Baguette)! A huge thank you to everyone who voted. We had hundreds of votes through email, Twitter and Facebook for all of the delightful pictures Fearrington-lovers submitted. Who knows there could be a special surprise or two coming out of these lovely beltie photos... Also, make sure to check back to our blog often for more photo contests -- another one could pop up at any time! Full Post >