Roots Run Deep

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016

Roots Run Deep

I’ve always been fascinated by individuals I encounter whose families have a deep heritage and rooted connection to a specific geographic region.  My mother’s grandmother was born in Italy and my father’s great-grandparents were born in Ireland, so I don’t have a deep familial connection to a certain place here in the United States.  Mike Kirk lives on a piece of land that has been in his family since the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). This land is now farmed as Cane Creek Farms, and is...

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Benevolent

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016

Benevolent

Over the past year I’ve done a lot of exploration into the world of social enterprises- entities that exist for more than the sole purpose of making money, but also to do social and environmental good.  I’ve learned about B Corporations, Benefit Corporations, and the growing trend of non-profit organizations to adopt some of the principles of for profit businesses so they are not solely grant reliant.  Through working at the Saxapahaw General Store, I am often in contact with many of these businesses,...

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New In Grocery- Freebird!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015

New In Grocery- Freebird!

“Free bird!!” Yep, we’ve got it (not the Lynyrd Skynyrd song of course), boneless breasts and thighs from FreeBird.  Chickens raised on the FreeBird farms have more space to roam around, are fed vegetarian diets, and are antibiotic free.  The farmers here have a commitment to sustainable farming, the environment, the survival and viability of family farms, and to the well-being of their chickens.  And although our preference is always to support and source from our local farms, when we...

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New in Grocery- Have a Field Day!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015

New in Grocery- Have a Field Day!

We are always changing and evolving at the Saxapahaw General Store.  Our staff changes- new team members and new responsibilities, and the Saxapahaw community changes- new residents moving in, and old friends moving away.  We also try, as best we can, to continue changing the products on our shelves to better fit our mission and to serve our community.  Last week we made room on our shelves for a new line of grocery items from Field Day.  Field Day offers organic and natural products – so no artificial...

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Turtle Run

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015

Turtle Run

Kevin Meehan was born and raised in Boulder, CO, studied architecture, and built homes alongside Mike Reynolds (the man who became famous for building “earthships“) in Taos, NM.  He went on to building homes with his wife in Iowa, in California, and in Wisconsin alongside Lake Superior. In 1995 Kevin and his wife, Kim were in North Carolina visiting Kim’s parents who had recently moved to the state from Baltimore, MD.  They were exploring the area and lost their way about 20 miles outside of...

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Tempeh Girl

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015

Tempeh Girl

One of the greatest parts of writing the blogs for the Saxapahaw General Store is having the opportunity to meet so many local purveyors and learning about the paths they followed to end up where they are now. Beth May earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and then went on to earn her master’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering.  While in grad school she began working in a fungal fermentation lab where she practiced growing fungus on solid substrates.  When she left her work at the lab,...

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