Much of the surface area that we utilize for our orchards is situated along a rise that resembles a gently sloping downward bowl. This is good news for us in that most brambles hate wet feet. Here they are allowed the benefits of plenty of sunshine and good drainage. We have installed gravity-fed irrigation lines from a spring at the top of the property, and trellis our plants using the Hedgerow method.
We have supplied a number of local restaurants with fresh fruit over the past several seasons, including French Broad Chocolate Lounge, The Hop Ice Cream Parlor, and West End Bakery. We have also been a vendor at the West Asheville Tailgate Market.
We pick our fruit daily during the summer season to ensure freshness. We enjoy having an edible landscape as part of our farming adventure, as we enjoy the looks of unabashed bliss on our customers’ faces when they taste our season’s bounty.
Cindy Jordan, our beekeeper in residence has studied the feminine art of maintaining a chemical-free apiary for going-on six years now. She holds a certification as a Journeyman Beekeeper and has taught courses on beginning and intermediate beekeeping.
Cindy can remember on her own family’s farm watching her grandmother cut the comb from the hives, and then bring it inside, placing it into a piece of cheesecloth to filter the delicious honey out into a waiting bucket below.
We first brought bees to Jordan Blackley Farm in February of 2008 with the intent of bringing more pollinators to our growing stand of berry plants. We made splits and captured swarms (sometimes gracefully sometimes not so much) to work up to having as many as ten hives on the farm. People continue to be fascinated with the honeybees, and our farm offers an up-close and personal view into the typical workday of these loved and lauded pollinators.
We currently have twenty-eight free range chickens on Jordan Blackley Farm. We added the current flock in the fall of 2009. We have a mixture of breeds, mostly those that are known for strong laying habits, including barred rocks, white leghorns, auracanas, and New Hampshire reds.
We have one beautiful portly auburn rooster, seen in the above photo.
We sell our eggs at a variety of outlets and have developed a strong word-of-mouth following for them. Customers comment on the superior way in which our free range eggs cook compared to store-bought, and the depth of the red-orange hues in the yolks. There is simply no comparison to eggs retrieved from happy chickens doing what they were meant to do every day.
Treetops Apartments is located across the road from Jordan Blackley Farm. The building is an eight-unit country apartment ‘complex’ in a converted mountain lodge (the entire property used to be a retreat center in the seventies, known as Spirithaven.) We have done extensive renovation to each unit, updating plumbing and electrical, installing energy efficient windows and new ceramic tile in each.
We are 16 miles from downtown Asheville, NC and only 4 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mount Pisgah. Cozy, comfortable living right next door to the farm. Efficiencies and one-bedroom apartments. Community garden space, peaceful, quiet environment. We are a stone’s throw from some of the best outdoor pursuits in the region.