Kim Hawks Photography | Lee's Healthy Cooking Classes & Farm Dinners @ Peaceful River Farm, Chapel Hill, NC
Created 10-Oct-15
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If you drive about 8 miles west of Chapel Hill & Carrboro, you’ll find food & dairy farming among lush gentle rolling hills dotted here & there with homes with plenty of space between them. Lee & Larry Newlin bought 18 acres that had a previous history of farming. They wanted to continue the history of farming on this land. Their mission is to grow really good food & to teach others how to grow & cook not just delicious but also healthy food.
Today, Lee was teaching a class on creating healthy fall soups. Lee is a small woman, full of zip & infectious humor telling stories about cooking, farming & life. After we watched her make Curcubit Fall Bisque with Crispy Sage Leaves, (& we'd all had bowls to enjoy), Larry led us on a garden tour, talking about how they organically grow many different crops. The farm is peaceful, beautiful, & calming.
We return to the classroom to watch Lee & her daughter Kathryn prepare & cook 2 more soups, with generous tastings. All this, with printed recipes to take home, in 3 short hours! During this time, Lee shares lots of cooking tips & gardening stories: we learn how to create veggie stocks, how to “really” cook with olive oil, that miso should never be boiled, how to sharpen kitchen knives with a whetstone, how to make vegan parmesan cheese, & much more. I left class with a full tummy.
They also have Farm Dinners featuring local chefs preparing delicious meals using local, organically grown foods. Food is passed around the table; the idea is to enjoy a wonderful meal prepared with fresh, locally grown produce, meet new people, & create a community-type event for the evening.
The cooking class is held in a cozy kitchen in the Education Building,Lee showing us how to quickly peel a delicata squashLee & daughter Kathryn, are a team in the kitchenWow, wonderful smells filled the roomBok Choy Sweet Potato Hot Pot; WOW!!!Lee shared so many cooking tips.Larry Newlin touring us around the gardens.Fall CropsRecently SewnThe landscaping around their home is done with veggies. fruits & herbs.Beautiful land, farm & homeReady to HarvestRather than use machinery, they use this tool to loosen the soil

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We are humbled by your kind words and loved how beautiful each of these images turned out. It was a joy to have you come to class at Peaceful River Farm.
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