Western NC's only Fig Orchard is here!
Happy Valley Orchard is a licensed, Certified NC Nursery as of April 2020. We specialize in Premium Fig varieties.
Some information on Figs:
Not many know that there are 5 Fig flavor profiles- Honey, Sugar, Berry, Adriatic, & Bourdeaux. There is also exotic berry but we won't go there yet... With over 2,000 types of fig cultivars most have only tried a bland Brown Turkey or tiny Celeste. Fig fruits come in all different colors, sizes, and tastes! From huge half pound honey figs, to exotic berry flavors of French Bourdeauxs & Italians Mt Etna's, Figs are an amazingly healthy food from Biblical times. Lets enjoy this lost sensation & help it grow!
Figs Types & Flavor Profiles:
*Adriatic - Green outside with bright red inside that tastes of strawberry, raspberry, or fresh berry jam.
*Sugar - Usually brown or red. Typicaly amber inside and sweet notes sometimes caramel, brown sugar, agave, etc.
*Honey - Usually light in color, yellow or green, with light colored inside. Honey will accumulate inside and be very sweet, hence Honey figs.
*Bourdeaux - Purple with red inside and very big berry flavors. Usually speckled and bursting with intense raspberry jam flavors.
*Berry - Black to purple outside with deep red interior. Tastes of raspberry or strawberry jam. This category includes the many Italian figs referred to as Mt. Etna Figs.
*Exotic Berry - these are the cream of the crop and usually the high-end, top dollar varieties. Black Madeira, Preto, I258, Col de Dame's, etc.
The Future of Happy Valley Orchard & Farmstead:
The year 2020 has been a busy year. In April 2020 we became an NC licensed, registered nursery. We are starting farmers beginning 3 years of operating a licensed nursery to become official "Beginning Farmers". Once 3 years are under our belt and the USDA acknowledges the Orchard as a permanent entity, the idea is to obtain an appropriate Property to become our established Nursery, and then incorporate our lives work Brewing & sourdough Baking into the business. A real farm brewery with sourdough specialties and freshly grown fruit to incorporate into the many fermentations. We can't wait to see you here. You ain't seen nothin yet, Asheville.
You won't find any Brown Turkey or Celeste figs here. Well, you might... We specialize in gourmet figs types that you won't find locally. They are colorful, flavorful varieties of all shapes, sizes, textures and tastes. Some dwarf, some extremely large, some need lots of heat, while some fruit in the shade and require less heat/sun. All kinds of Figs you never heard of or knew existed. Just wait til you taste one of these beauties! Contact us to see what we have available.
While we focus heavily on Figs, we also grow Pawpaws, Persimmons, all types of Cane berries, red wine grapes, Elderberry, Aronia, as well as a few peaches and appes to fill in the gaps.
Sorry, no brick and mortar location until 2023.
These ain't your grandma's Figs!!!
Honey dripping from the eye of the fig indicates it is ready to eat