Farmers & Artisans
Bella Bean's Local Farmers & Artisans

North Carolina Farms
Blue Merle
Rougemont, NC

Our close friends, Brock and Mary Beth, began Blue Merle Farm in 2012. They moved to Rougemont with their dog Jackson, for whom the farm is named, and never looked back. Blue Merle Farm is now flourishing and they provide us with all sorts of greens and veggies. They also raise happy turkeys, cattle, and sheep in accordance with our standards for sustainability and the humane treatment of animals.

Coon Rock Farm
Hillsborough, NC

Coon Rock Farm is a family farm nestled along a bend in the Eno River just outside of Hillsborough, NC. The owners, Richard and Jamie, pride themselves on their sustainable practices. They provide Bella Bean with organically grown garden crops and pasture-raised chicken, eggs, pigs, lamb and goats. All animals are grass-fed and pasture-raised on Coon Rock's 55 Acres. They think creatively about how to employ methods of sustainability and bio-dynamics in taking care of the land while letting the land take care of them. Their vegetables are mostly heirloom varieties and are raised without chemicals of any kind. Visit them online at http://coonrockfarm.com.

Chapel Hill Creamery
Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill Creamery is a small dairy farm and farmstead cheese-making facility. They chose Jersey cows for their rich milk, which makes great cheese. Their cows spend their time on pasture, and Chapel Hill Creamery has established an intensive rotational grazing system to ensure that they'll have access to high quality grass during their milking season. Chapel Hill Creamery milks and makes cheese from March through December, when their pasture, and therefore their milk, are best.http://www.chapelhillcreamery.com/

Eastern Carolina Organics
North Carolina Farms

Eastern Carolina Organics (ECO) markets and distributes Carolina organic farm produce. They firmly believe that a sustainable food system is based on providing fresh local fruit, vegetables, and herbs while protecting the environment. They are farmer-owned and they act like it. They provide fresh organic veggies and fruits, along with the knowledge that they're enabling farmers to protect their family land. By pooling diverse harvests from several regions, they are able to meet the demand for a steady stream of high-quality, seasonal food choices throughout the year. Visit them online athttp://easterncarolinaorganics.com.

Goat Lady Dairy
Climax, NC

For more than 15 years, Goat Lady Dairy has changed customers relationship to local food and farming through fine hand crafted cheeses, on-farm dining, Open Farm Days and Community Supported Agriculture...In 1995, Ginnie Tate, aka 'the Goat Lady', her brother Steve and his wife Lee opened Goat Lady Dairy in the lovely rolling hills of northeast Randolph County in the North Carolina Piedmont. We started with an abandoned worn-out tobacco farm and a 200 year old log house and outbuildings, restored them carefully and then added a new dairy barn complete with milking parlor, goat loafing barn, dining room and a licensed cheese making room. From the beginning, our dream was to connect our urban neighbors with the land and goats through hand crafted cheese and farm events. http://www.goatladydairy.com/
Joyce Farms
Winston Salem, NC

Alvin Joyce began selling chickens in 1962. With time, the farm's collective knowledge of raising poultry grew. They found that their passion laid with producing the absolute best tasting chicken. They found that customers appreciated something better, more flavorful than factory-farmed commodity chickens. Joyce Farms strives to supply the top culinary markets with the taste, texture and culinary advantages of superior birds. But they didn't stop there. The more they learned about culinary matters, the more they traveled the world. They realized that Americans were missing out on a rich array of culinary class poultry. So they began to focus on Old World breeds, reviving traditional raising methods and producing specialty poultry and game of the highest quality and flavor. Their portfolio grew to impress even the most discerning chefs. Now after 50 years, they're fully dedicated to raising the very best all-natural meats for the top chefs, artisan butchers, and educated consumers across the U.S. http://www.joyce-farms.com/

Sunburst Trout Farms
Canton, NC

Three generations of the same family strive to maintain an innovative, modern trout production while keeping that personal touch only a family can provide. In the shadow of Cold Mountain deep in the heart of Pisgah National Forest of Western North Carolina lies Sunburst Trout Farm. Conceived in 1948, three generations have evolved Sunburst to what is today; one of the most unique trout production sites in the country. http://www.sunbursttrout.com/


Local Artisans

Anson Mills
Columbia, SC

Anson Mills provides us with the highest quality organic grains and grain products. At Anson Mills, they chose early on to grow and mill Carolina Gold rice and a full complement of heirloom grains adopted by Antebellum rice families, and to follow the sustainable rice-crop rotation. In some ways, we hope to restart the Carolina Rice Kitchen cuisine a cuisine that depends on a complex agricultural system suited to local conditions and cultural needs. It is an effort that requires extraordinary research into planting practices, seedsmanship, and preparation. The soil must be made right and the interrelation of cultivars reestablished.

Ashe County Cheese
West Jefferson, NC
Ashe County Cheese is Carolina's oldest cheese plant, producing quality cheese since 1930. They are located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. The plant has also undergone several upgrades since 1994, and though it still makes old style cheddar daisy wheels, it now produces a wide variety of cheeses and butter. It has developed a strong following for its original Sienna cheese, its many flavored cheeses, and its newest variety Juusto cheese (a mild Scandinavian cheese). With a rich history covering more than 75 years, Ashe County Cheese is well positioned to face the many challenges of the future, and looks forward to serving your needs for many years to come. http://ashecountycheese.com/


The Bagel Bar
Chapel Hill, NC

The Bagel Bar is proud to serve authentic New York style bagels here in the Triangle. Using scratch made dough, we boil and bake fresh bagels every morning, seven days a week.

Bee Blessed Honey
Tarboro, NC

Bee Blessed Pure Honey is a small family run operation that produces pure, raw, and unfiltered honey in North Carolina. Berry is responsible for the day to day operations and handling of the bees and his Grandson is the muscle of the operation. Between the both of them you have the Bee Blessed Pure Honey (Bee Wranglers). His Wife Annie is the owner and Production Manager. Annie wears many hats during the daily operations. She is responsible for the bottling, packaging and sales presentation of our pure, raw and unfiltered honey. http://www.beeblessedpurehoney.com/
BIG Bundts & More
Chapel Hill, NC

BIG Bundts & More is the culinary vision of Kristen Benkendorfer. A lifelong baker, Kristen blends her love of graphic design and sweet confections.http://www.bigbundts.com/

Big Spoon Roasters
Durham, NC

Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters from scratch in Durham, North Carolina. Carefully selected nuts and wildflower honeys are sourced from local and like-minded farmers who share their dedication to authentic quality. Each small batch is roasted, ground, and packaged while still warm to produce nut butters that are uniquely fresh, delicious, and nutritious. http://bigspoonroasters.com/

Bittermilk
Charleston, SC

Bittermilk compounds are designed for the modern day cocktail enthusiast, to help mix up unique, quality cocktails following a simple ratio of Bittermilk to your choice of spirit. Each Bittermilk product uses a bittering agent, a sweetnener, and an acid to achieve a balanced cocktail. The labor is in the bottle.

Bulls Bay Saltworks
McClellanville, SC

Bulls Bay Saltworks aims to provide a sustainable solution to producing a local artisan salt with a focus on reducing the carbon footprint. They rely almost entirely on solar and wind energy to evaporate pristine water collected right here from the protected waters of Bulls Bay, located just minutes north of Charleston. Being eco friendly with our packaging is important to us so our grinders and jars are refillable and the refill bags are compostable.

Butterfields Candy
Nashville, NC

Butterfields Candy is located in Nashville, NC, in the heart of Nash County. The company almost became extinct in 2009 when it went out of business. A lifelong dream of owning a business finally became a reality when the opportunity arose to purchase the business out of foreclosure in 2012. Supported with the strong arms and engineering minds of my family, we revitalized the Production Line back to Butterfields' Original Standards. We have high standards and we believe in good business ethics and we want to make great candy! The chief candy-maker and other longtime employees have come back home to Butterfields and brought with them the years of experience, skilled hands and craftsmanship that makes it possible for us to bring back that unique Butterfields taste, texture and superior quality that made Buds a long-time favorite with customers and candy retailers for so long. http://www.butterfieldscandies.com/

Cackalacky
Chapel Hill, NC

Cackalacky is quite possibly the most famous independent condiment company in America that you've never heard of. Years ago, this company was founded in Chapel Hill with the desire to create a "different" condiment and flavor, one that was full of zest yet free of of harmful chemicals, and, most importantly, something that would make food taste great! Their creation (of the same name) is made from more than twenty ingredients that are not only pronounceable but include local favorites like southern-grown sweet potatoes! See more information at http://www.cackalacky.com/

Counter Culture Coffee
Durham, NC

Counter Culture Coffee is a different kind of coffee company. Dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting, authentic, and delicious coffees in the world, they approach their work with a passion for the ideal of coffee perfection, a dedication to real sustainability, and a commitment to cutting-edge education throughout the coffee chain.http://counterculturecoffee.com/


Crude Bitters
Raleigh, NC
All bitters are crafted in small batches from 100% maceration in alcohol, with no glycerin, chemicals or dyes. No plastic or metal is used in the storage or aging of the bitters; glass pots or wood barrels are used exclusively to reduce any possible reaction or contamination. The ingredients are all natural and selection, preparation, maceration, bottling and labeling is done by hand. Cocktail bitters are used to enhance a cocktail, give a slight edge to the nightcap, and sub-par bitters can leave your drink in ruin.

Falling Bark Farm
Berryville, VA

Falling Bark Farm produces small batches of hickory syrups from select hickory bark and still practices the tradition of foraging in the Virginia forests. Travis and Joyce Miller, the farm owners, prefer to use the bark from the shagbark hickory tree which is naturally shed. They do not limit themselves to this particular species, and they are proud to say no tree is ever harmed in the process. This allows the tree to remain a sustainable resource. Once gathered, the bark is scrubbed clean, toasted to enhance flavor, put through a proprietary extracting process, aged, and filtered, before introducing a minimally refined cane sugar, turbinado, to develop its exquisite taste enjoyed the world over.

Giacomo's Italian Market
Greensboro, NC

Locally acclaimed, Giacomo's Italian Market has been pleasing our neighbors with great homemade, authentic Italian products for over nine years. Their commitment has always been quality fresh ingredients and superior service for customers. In addition, they are a member of the North Carolina's Department of Agriculture's Goodness Grows in NC program, using only NC based products and locally raised pork, beef, and chicken. We know you will not be disappointed! http://www.salamisbymail.com/

Hillsborough Cheese Company
Hillsborough, NC

Hidden in the heart of historically dairy-rich Orange County, NC (on a previous tobacco farm where Cindy West grew up) this small, boutique creamery focuses on the art of cheese-making. Their French-trained chef & cheese-maker, Cindy, handcrafts small batches of many varieties of quality fresh & aged cheeses using goat's and cow's milk. Focusing mostly on traditional European-style cheeses, Cindy and the staff also experiment with and create some of their own unique cheese blends tailored to the local community's tastes. They provide simple, no-nonsense cheese that is delicious and accessible.http://hillsboroughcheese.wordpress.com/

Homeland Creamery
Julian, NC

Homeland Creamery, LLC is located in southeast Guilford County, NC. They supply the local area with dairy products of the highest quality, freshness, good taste, and free from added hormones and antibiotics. http://www.homelandcreamery.com/

Huntington Kitchen
Raleigh, NC

Huntington Kitchen delivers classically inspired baked goods with an innovative twist to the people of North Carolina. They specialize in nut butters and gourmet spreads, granola, pastries, and desserts. All the baked goods are scratch-made using the freshest all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients available. http://www.huntingtonkitchen.com/


Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.
Charleston, SC

Their goal is to take long forgotten staples of the American bar and reinvent them, in an effort to drink like our great-grandparents might once have.

La Farm Bakery
Cary, NC

La Farm Bakery is a realization of that lifelong dream a modern bakery that continues the centuries-old baking traditions and techniques, honoring the ordinary yet extraordinary boulangeries that once flourished in every little town in France. The La Farm Family welcomes you into their shop and kitchen, where they take pleasure in sharing recipes and secrets. You can watch them forming dough, toasting granola, decorating tarte aux fraises. Then taste their artisan breads, tarts, pastries, sandwiches and specialty products and experience the taste hundreds of years of French cuisine.

Lusty Monk Mustard
Asheville, NC

Lusty Monk Mustard is fresh-ground, hand-crafted, and full of flavor and fire. Once you meet the Monk, you can kiss mediocre mustard goodbye, and say hello to a new world of hearty food. No more boring sandwiches. Bratwurst has never been so heavenly. It's the pretzel's best friend, the cook's secret weapon, the perfect companion for lovers of spice and heat. Lusty Monk is a family-owned, quality-conscious company, devoted to the idea that condiments should never be boring. We lovingly craft the mustard in small batches, and we encourage our brethren to slow down and savor each bite.http://lustymonk.com/

Melina's Fresh Pasta
Durham, NC

Melina's Fresh Pasta prepares fresh pasta, ravioli, sauces and baked pasta meals for sale at Farmer's Markets in the Triangle or by special order. Their recipes are based on authentic Italian methods and traditions - using the freshest ingredients prepared with masterful simplicity. http://www.melinaskitchen.com


Ninth Street Bakery
Durham, NC

Ninth Street Bakery's mission is to provide organic, healthy products to the local community. In 1981 Ninth Street Bakery opened its doors at the original 9th Street location. The family run business was built from simple ideas: buy locally and produce wholesome, organic baked goods. http://www.ninthstbakery.com/

Olifant+Costelo
Durham, NC

Local, all natural spices hand prepared and mixed. http://www.olifantcastelo.com/

Slim On Soup
Chapel Hill, NC

Slim On Soup is a line of vegan, gluten free, no salt added soups designed by a registered dietitian seeking to help folks get more veggies into them easily and deliciously! Our soups are frozen as soon as they are packaged to capture their vibrant flavor without chemical preservatives. The soups are delicious as is or can form the base for a more complex meal. Add any source of protein, hot sauce, whole grains or noodles for a hearty, healthy meal in minutes. Stock your freezer with our healthy, nutrient dense soups, as they can remain frozen for up to nine months for ultimate convenience. For tips on how to use our soups to help achieve and maintain healthy weight, please visit our website: www.slimonsoup.com

Spread: Gourmet Plant-based Cheese
Durham, NC

Spread creates gourmet vegan cheese spreads. The spreads are truly decadent and satiating, not only for vegans and the lactose-intolerant. This product is a healthy and delicious alternative to classic cheeses.