About Us

Richard Holcomb and Jamie DeMent started farming at Coon Rock in the Fall of 2004. That same year Zely & Ritz opened with partners, Sarig and Nancy Agasi.  Though closed now, Zely & Ritz was named as one of the 20 best Organic restaurants in America by Organic Style Magazine. That partnership now also owns Piedmont Restaurant (www.piedmontrestaurant.com), and Richard and Jamie own Bella Bean Organics (www.bellabeanorganics.com), an online farmers market sourced by Coon Rock and other local farms and food artisans.

Coon Rock Farm has been a continually operating farm for over 120 years. The 4 room farm house was built around 1880 and you can still see the hand-hewn log timbers that serve as the house foundation.

Richard, Jamie,  and his 4 children moved from Raleigh to the little house at the farm and have never looked back. They started small that first year, mainly providing vegetables to Zely & Ritz.  They now have over 10 acres of intense vegetable gardens, orchards, and ponds. The rest of the farm is in a combination of pasture and forest which is used to graze the animals and provide a wonderful habitat for wildlife and native plants.

The name Coon Rock is an old one that comes from a very large rock formation at the property’s edge that juts out into the Eno River. Coon Rock Farm is named for a large rock that is a local landmark in Hillsborough, and is on our property.  The rock is named for the mountain that it lies at the foot of, Occoneechee Mountain.  The mountain is named for the Native American tribe that lived the area for hundreds of years.  The rock was an important way finding marker along the Native American trading path and later the main road through colonial North Carolina.

In September 2017, Jamie published her first cookbook: The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories of my Carolina Farm.  It is full of seasonal recipes and stories of life on the farm.  You can order a signed copy here.

In August 2018, Jamie published her second book: Canning in the Modern Kitchen, a guide to canning produce, fruit, and meat all year long!  You can order a signed copy here.

Coon Rock Farm has a Farm Stay to help experience all that they have to offer!  A lovely log cabin, situated right on the farm, is open for rentals. It has two bedrooms but will easily sleep six and a fully equipped kitchen that can be stocked with farm fresh produce, eggs and meat. The farm and cabin are located on the Eno River just outside Historic Downtown Hillsborough and adjacent to the Occaneechi Mountain State Park.  Rental details can be found: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12603074