Cane Creek Farm moved to it’s new location in Saxapahaw in early summer 2015. Here, we offer guests a unique farm and rural America experience with camping platforms, two conversion bus rentals and Read more...
Cane Creek Farm moved to it’s new location in Saxapahaw in early summer 2015. Here, we offer guests a unique farm and rural America experience with camping platforms, two conversion bus rentals and a yurt. People are able to enjoy the land – the farm animals, the birdlife, the creek, the meadow and the beech trees, as well as have easy access to the Village of Saxapahaw.
Elizabeth manages the farm stays and Eliza is the farmer. They have twin teenages Enid and Quinn and a toddler, Lawrence.
A senior project in high school lead Eliza to farming, as she worked side by side with an Amish family. She has had a long history with animals, from rehabilitating seals and sea lions in California, studying catfish and cancer at Duke University, and rehabilitating songbird/raptor and small mammals in North Carolina. After the birth of her twins in 2000, NC A & T University hired Eliza to manage outdoor hog herds, and she worked with Niman Ranch, Heifer International, and the Golden LEAF Foundation – focusing on transitioning long time tobacco farmers across the state into family pig farms. Eliza started Cane Creek Farm in 2002; In 2015, she and her partner, Elizabeth, moved the family (Enid and Quinn, plus baby on the way) and the farm to it’s current home in Saxapahaw.What breeds of animals do you have? Pigs: 100 Ossabaw Island Hogs and 150 five-way Old-timey cross called the Farmer’s Hybrid (Paul Willis’ stock). 100 sheep are dorper and dorper/tunis cross. 150 chickens are a mix of bard rock and auracanas. We have about 40 Red Devon cows.
What’s the deal with Ossabaw? The Ossabaw Island Hog is a prick-eared, long-legged, barrell-chested black hog with some white and blond points on the feet, nose and body. Their long noses and small frames allowed them to survive wild on Ossabaw Island near Savannah, GA. Left on the island by Spanish Conquistadors some 500 years ago, their genetics have survived intact ever since. Given the changing food source on the island, the pigs developed a unique method of fat metabolism, resulting in a fat that is flavorful, high in Omega-3s and almost liquid when heated. This pork is well-suited to long-term curing, and the taste just can’t be beat.
What are guardian animals? We keep donkeys, Guinea fowl, geese and Great Pyrenes to protect our animals from predators like foxes and coyotes.
What’s the farrowing house? Eliza designed this birthing area especially for pigs. It allows the baby pigs to run between stalls and nurse off other sows; it faces west for warmth in the winter and is open air to allow it to stay cool in warmer temperatures. Check it out – there are mamas and babies there now!
What’s the connection to Left Bank Butchery? Ross Flynn, a long-time employee of Cane Creek Farm launched Left Bank Butchery in 2014, a local, whole-animal butcher shop in Saxapahaw. Before the butcher shop, we most often sold our products frozen, pre-packaged with only a few standard recipes. Now, we can make anything and it's all fresh and custom cut: mortadella, salami, kielbasa, herbes de Provence ham, pancetta, and so much more.
Where else do you sell your product? We are at the Carrboro Farmers Market every week. In the past we sold to all of the top restaurants in the Triangle; now most of our customers get our product at Left Bank Butchery or order a whole or half BBQ hog directly from us.