The Farmer's Daughter, a purveyor of homemade pickles and preserves and all things sweet, spicy and funky, will end its decade-long run as a local preserved foods pioneer and farmer's market staple.
Owner April McGreger announced on Instagram Wednesday that this weekend will be the Farmer's Daughter's final appearance at local Saturday markets. Her online store will stay open through the month, or until she sells out.
"After 11 years in the Farmer’s Daughter kitchen, I have decided to hang up my jamming pot," McGreger wrote.
Over the years, the Farmer's Daughter has collected more than a dozen Good Food Awards, most recently a pair in 2017 for sweet potato habanero hot sauce and strawberry preserves. The industry honors recognize craft-made products using local ingredients.
When McGreger started out in 2007, today's buzzing food scene in the Triangle and North Carolina was in its infancy. She used ancient preserving methods, but offered creative and seasonal products, an array of fruit jams and delicacies like paw paw butter.
"When I started Farmer’s Daughter in 2007, I was the first person in North Carolina selling raw sauerkraut," McGreger wrote. "The inspectors and I had to learn the ropes together. Now there are more than a dozen fermented food and beverage crafters across the state, many more small batch jam makers, and many restaurants and home cooks preserving their own food. It makes me proud to think I have contributed to this booming good food movement."
McGreger alludes to a new chapter in her life, staying within the food industry, but moving on to the issue of food access.
This isn't the first time she's put a pause on her business. In 2014, she stepped away to refocus her business. Then, she had seen a burst of new business following a mention in Bon Appetit magazine.