Coon Rock Farm featured in the Carolina Farm Stewardship Newsletter Tue, September 27, 2011

We recently had 2 acorn squash recipes published in the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association newsletter. Check it out here for our Stuffed Acorn Squash and Grilled Acorn Squash recipes.

Coon Rock Farm featured on UNC-TV Sat, June 18, 2011

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Coon Rock Farm Recipe featured in Bon Appetit magazine Wed, June 1, 2011

Our Sauteed Greens recipe was recently featured in Bon Appetit magazine. You can get the full recipe on

On a mission to change the world, Jamie DeMent ’01 starts with fifty-five acres of NC farm country Mon, April 25, 2011

by Eric Johnson & Kelly Almond

In 2004, after meeting entrepreneur and investor Richard Holcomb at the downtown Raleigh restaurant Zely & Ritz, Jamie DeMent ’01 made a rather drastic life decision.

She stepped off a Capitol Hill career track to help run Holcomb’s newly purchased farm on the outskirts of Hillsborough.

“We moved from 6,000 square feet inside the Beltline in Raleigh to this,” DeMent says, standing on the porch of the couple’s 1880 farmhouse. “It’s a very different life.”

Different, yes. But arguably just as frenetic as the lives each of them left behind.

The fifty-five-acre Coon Rock Farm is not your average agricultural venture. DeMent and Holcomb have become darlings of the burgeoning local food movement, providing meat and produce to a number of high-end restaurants, dispatching a cornucopia of seasonal goodies to five different farmers’ markets each Saturday, and delivering boxes of fresh produce to hundreds… read more

Why you should care about the Food Safety Modernization Act Wed, January 12, 2011

The new food safety law, small farms and you

by Lisa Sorg

A snow squall swirled overhead as farmer Richard Holcomb surveyed a crop of greens and pinched off a piece of purple kale. Without checking it for dirt, I rolled the leaf and ate it. Seconds from being picked, it tasted crisp and sweet.

At Coon Rock Farm near Hillsborough, heads of purple cabbage bedazzled the red clay rows while radish, beet and turnip tops shivered, their offspring biding their time underground. Within the next three days, workers would harvest about 5,000 heads of cabbage, plus hundreds of pounds of other leafy greens and root vegetables that would be sold to consumers via farmers markets, cooperatives and the Piedmont restaurant in Durham and Zely & Ritz in Raleigh, which Holcomb and his partner, Jamie DeMent, co-own.

North Carolina’s farmers have been not only planting and harvesting, but also watching… read more