Festivals are so much fun and for me I get excited to attend because I get to take out LJ and try another Harvest Host! Every April, our company assists the North Carolina Pickle Festival in their social media management for their annual event. This year was the first time that their festival returned in person since the pandemic in 2020. There was much excitement in the air and people from all over the country traveled in to attend. You wouldn’t believe the love for pickles and this festival!
When searching for a Harvest Host I always try to find something on the way to my destination and interesting. Kornegay Hereford Farms was close by and I found it interesting that it was a woman-owned and operated farm. Since my company is women-owned and full of all women employees, I love to support other women in their businesses. Karen Scalf, a FarmHER, grows grass fed, red and white, Hereford beef continuing a 72 year family legacy. In their farm store, which is a rustic, restored tobacco barn, they also sell pork, sausage and local jams and foods. All of her cattle are born, bred and processed in North Carolina and this Duplin County gem is ensuring more people know about the environmental and health benefits of regenerative farming.
One of Karen’s team members was there to greet me and allowed me to pretty much set up anywhere. I chose to be close to the cow pasture so I can watch the cows graze each day. Sunset was especially nice as the cows come home and you can really see their beauty.
Normally, Harvest Hosts only allow people to stay for one night as they pass through an area but since I was covering the pickle festival, she said I could stay for two. Karen was incredibly kind and knowledgeable and packed up my meat frozen so I could make the trip back home with her pork sausage in tow.
If you are visiting the festival or anyplace near Goldsboro, I recommend stopping by her farm. The beef and pork are delicious and her working farm is so beautiful. Karen also offers farm tours for individuals and groups. You can see all of her offerings on her website. If you want to know more about Harvest Hosts in North Carolina, you can read about another experience here. Love NC festivals too? Check out the NC Black Bear Festival, which I attended in June.