Wolfberry Hawthorn Farm is a small farm in Durham North Carolina, specializing in produce that is not widely grown in the central North Carolina area. We also grow microgreens for local restaurants in the Durham area.
The name comes from my desire to grow edible foods that are not as common as tomatoes and zucchini. Wolfberry is another name for goji berries, one of the so called “super foods” that are high in nutrients. Hawthorn is a member of the apple family, producing an edible fruit. It’s also steeped in Celtic mythology as a gateway to the realm of the fairy folk.
On our farm, we do not use any chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers. We use compost to feed our soil, which in turn feeds our plants to grow healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables. We water with well and/or rain water, and use straw, leaves and wood chips to mulch our soil, which conserves water and builds soil structure.
We strive to work in balance with the natural world and with wildlife. Our property has an old man-made pond which attracts a wide variety of wildlife. While we have fenced a portion of the property to keep plants safe, we have maintained open access to the pond area for all wildlife, to try to keep a balance between wildlife and farm.
The desire to produce healthy sustainable produce has been something that has "grown" within me for years. The idea of starting a farm came to me in the 2005/2006 time frame. After settling in Durham North Carolina in 2013, the idea kept pressing more and more on me. In 2016, I built a small honor system farm stand and began selling produce and plants in front of the farm a few days a week. In 2017, I expanded this to create a state registered business started a Facebook page, sold weekly produce boxes and produce, cut flowers, and plants at the Fertile Ground Co-op farmers market in Raleigh during July and August. In 2018, I've had an opportunity to leave corporate America, expand the farm and grow/sell full time. We are expanding this year with a full CSA, farmers markets and restaurants. If you live in the area and are interested in a CSA share or are a local chef looking for locally grown microgreens/produce, or for more information about the farm please check out our CSA link, the microgreens page or reach out to us here, Instagram, or on our Facebook page.
Where to Find us
Find us on Saturdays at the South Durham Farmers Market. The market is located at the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center in Durham. The address is:
We grow a wide variety of produce including a many uncommon and rarer types of fruits and vegetables. Some items will be included in the CSA and some of the less common items will only be available in smaller quantities at the farmers market.
For 2018 we hope to have -
Greens such as arugula, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, collards, cabbage, pac choy.
Fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, pears and apples.
Root Vegetables such as radishes, carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic (including several gourmet varieties such as Persian and elephant).
Fruit bearing vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, melons, winter squash, beans, yard long beans, peas.
Cut flowers, cut herbs, and plants such as herb, flower and vegetable seedlings.
Uncommon items such as salsify, yacon, broom corn, crafting gourds, sunchokes, parsnips, leeks, hazelnuts, mushrooms, and goji berries.
We will also be selling a limited supply of mushroom logs for you to take home and grow your own mushrooms along with bird and native bee houses crafted from gourds grown on the farm.