Each week, as the Factory Café staff puts together our menu, they take into consideration the produce and meats available to them from our local farms and merchants. We have developed long-time relationships with growers like Jack-O-Lantern Farms, who provide us with homegrown, seasonal vegetables—using no pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic nutrients. In recent months, we have also begun working with Bluewater Creek Farm, a family-owned sustainable farm in nearby Killen, Alabama.
Liz and Collins Davis oversee all farm and livestock and work within the community to develop health and educational opportunities. Bluewater Creek’s mission is to produce nutrient dense, clean food in a sustainable way, using farming practices that work with nature.
The farm grows a variety of non-GMO vegetables, including many heirloom varieties, and they do not use chemical pesticides or herbicides. They are developing specialty produce that we have never seen grown in the area—like Egyptian walking onions and Shogoin turnips.
They also offer pasture-raised eggs from chickens raised without hormones or antibiotics and fed on a corn-free, soy-free, non GMO diet. Their eggs, which we use to make our Factory Benedict and Gram Perkins’ Egg Salad, are flavorful and have rich orange yolks.
The Davises are also working to increase the community’s access to grass-fed beef and heritage pork. Their cattle herd is a mixture of various breeds, and are fed a natural, grass diet, free of hormones and unnecessary antibiotics.
The heritage hogs raised on the farm—including the American Guinea and Ossabaw Island Hogs (which are listed as critical on the Livestock Conservancy’s priority list)—are also hormone and antibiotic-free and all animals on the property have plenty of room to roam, graze, root, and forage. Like our friends at the Fatback Collective and Fatback Pig Project, Bluewater Creek Farm believes in conservation of heritage breeds, to ensure genetic diversity and produce a more sustainable agricultural system.
Zach, the Factory Café’s chef, gives the Davis family and Bluewater Creek Farm high praise for their products, as well as the pride and care they take in their methods. We are excited to have neighbors so enthusiastic in their efforts—and our community benefits from greater access to sustainable food sources. We are excited to see (and eat) what Bluewater Creek Farm has growing in the coming year.
Photos by Robert Rausch