Flying Cloud Farm
Isaiah and Annie Lousie Perkinson
Flying Cloud Farm, managed by Annie Louise and Isaiah Perkinson, produces vegetables, fruits, and flowers for local markets. All produce grown on the farm is sold directly to people at local farmers markets, through our 100 member CSA, at our self-service roadside stand, and through ‘you-pick’. The farm is located approximately twelve miles outside of Asheville on route 74A in the last valley before the road climbs the mountain to Henderson County. Isaiah and Annie have been farming the land for about nine years, with an active CSA for six years. The land is rich bottom land, which was used for hayfields for a long time before the produce operation began taking over fields for veggies.Annie is the eldest grandchild of Jamie and Elspie Clarke, who managed Hickory Nut Gap Farm, which is adjacent to Flying Cloud, for many years, as Elspie's parents did before them. Now the farm is managed by our cousins the Agers.
We raise 10 pigs annually on our farm to eat all our yummy vegetable scraps, root up areas that need to be re-seeded, and provide companionship. Yes, they are cute with great personalities. Our baby pigs come from Warren Wilson College and are never treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. They are raised outside with access to fresh weeds, fresh air, and good mudholes. The pigs need to roll around in the mud to cover their skin so they won’t get sunburnt! We also feed them grain from the local feed and seed. The meat is available by the cut at market, or for larger amounts and a wholesale price from the farm.
My brother, William, and Mom manage a small herd of cows, with our help when needed, for family meat. This year we have 5 young steers that will be prime to butcher, so we will have some additional grass-fed beef available at the farmer’s markets and to our CSA customers.
1860 Charlotte Hwy