I woke up this morning craving apple butter from Imladris Farms. Smeared on biscuits fresh out of the oven, it was the perfect accompaniment to my morning coffee. Located southeast of Asheville, NC, Imladris Farm is a seventh-generation family owned land site focusing on sustainable agriculture. Their products are nostalgically produced using historically accurate methods to provide customers with the enjoyment of a quality, handmade product, while adding the concepts of “buying local”, “sustainable agriculture”, and “husbandry” to their vocabulary.
Imladris Farm first appeared on my radar many moons ago while dining at the Early Girl Eatery located in Asheville, NC. If you’ve ever eaten one of their biscuits smeared with jam, you know the Berry Best Jam carefully handcrafted from the finest blueberries, blackberries and raspberries Imlardis Farms grows.
On a later visit to the Early Girl, I met Walter outside selling his wares on an early spring day to folks leaving the restaurant or walking down Wall Street. His enthusiasm for farming, the products created by the fruit grown on his land, not to mention the pride in his products, reassured me that there were people out there who truly love what they do.
Since then, I’ve kept a supply of their jams and preserves in my larder for personal use, to give to friends as gifts, and have shipped their products to folks all over the US. Believe me, if you want a great hostess or wedding gift, give Imladris Farm jam in their handcrafted wooden crate with an antique silver jelly spoon, and your handwritten recipe for light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits. I guarantee you’ll get the first thank you note!
The Philosophy of Imladris Farm
Imladris was founded on a belief in quality products achieved through sustainable agriculture. We feel strongly that plants and animals, if supported and nurtured, will yield high quality materials unavailable through conventional, commercial means. We’ve made it our goal to return to early, simpler methods of agriculture and living.