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Barbee Farms - Concord, NC

To say that the Barbee family has “been farming long” would be an understatement. Having been continuously producing agricultural goods for over 100 years in North Carolina, the current sixty acre farm located in Concord is designated as a Certified Century Farm. From its beginnings as a dairy farm, each generation of the Barbee family have been transitioning to different products based on their beliefs and which would make the farm sustainable.

Choosing crops “that prove to be the most sustainable for us to grow on 60 acres and provide a living wage for two families,” explains Brent Barbee, “we are constantly trying new varieties, and trying to stay as diverse as possible.” The farm currently grows squash, tomoatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, peppers, peaches, sweeet corn, varous melons, and strawberries.

As a family run farm, all of the day-to-day decisions are made by Brent and his father, while his wife and mother run the farm stand. The farm stand has flourihed, going from one day per week as a farmers market vendor to a on-site farm stand and CSA program. While things look bright for Barbee Farms, Brent is concerned about American farming as a whole. “ With the average age of farmers increasing, and number of farmers decreasing, I honestly don’t know how we are going to keep up at the pace that we are going now. I would like to hope that one day, the American farmer is rewarded more than anyone. We are the ones that keep this nation running, three meals a day, seven days a week. Farming doesn’t take a day off, much less a vacation. ”

Supplying fresh, local proudce to Foster-Caviness has enabled the Barbees to spend more time on the farm and less time having to market product. Foster-Caviness is happy to have fostered a relationship with a local, family run farm that has been producing fresh product for more than 100 years.

To find out more about Barbee Farms, visit their web site here  




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