The history of Truffles  NC at

Keep Your Fork Farm

Keep Your Fork Farm was located at the foot of Sauratown Mountain named after the Native American tribe who settled and lived here until the late 1700's. From our farm, we had a beautiful view of Pilot Mountain, and Hanging Rock State park is just a hop-skip away.

We had two orchards with approximately 700 trees at the height of our venture.  The first test orchard was planted in 2000 and began producing in 2006 (replanted afer devastating Eastern Filbert Blight killed those trees in 2011) and the second orchard was started in 2004 and planted in stages through the fall of 2007, when we planted some seedlings whose roots were inoculated for us with spores from our very own truffles.  We call these trees our "Friday" trees, named for our truffle-hunting border collie, Friday (RIP).  The first truffle appeared there in 2013.

Martha Stewart, Jane and Rick Smith

We arFriday, truffle hunting border colliee proud to have been the first farm in Stokes County ever to harvest the Black Winter Périgord Truffle, a  gourmet truffle native to the Périgord region of France.  Truffle orchards can now be found not only in France but in Croatia, Australia, New Zealand. Spain, Chile and other countries with appropriate climates.

Preserving our scenic landscape and promoting the sustainability of local farms is at the core of our philosophy.

Surrounded by natural beauty and the rich, exciting prospect of black périgord truffles as a new specialty crop for NC farmers, we believe – The Best is Yet to Come!

Friday, our truffle hunting border collie.The number of truffle farms in the Southeast is approximately 125.  Our goal is to become the Périgord Region of the US.  We would love to see this specialty crop become a staple in the NC agricultural community.  Having recently retired from truffle farming, we remain optimistic.

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Martha Stewart visited the farm for a truffle hunt in early 2007.

Keep Your Fork Farm -
The origin of the name

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her things "in order," she called her Pastor to come on over to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She listed which songs she wanted sung at her service, what scriptures she would like read, and even what outfit she wanted to be buried in.ᅠ Everything was set and in good order.  As the Pastor was preparing to leave, the woman suddenly remembered one more thing.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.ᅠ "What's that?" came the Pastor’s reply.

"This is very important," the young woman continued, "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The Pastor stood looking at her, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" she mused.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the Pastor.

The woman explained, "In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say,ᅠ 'Keep your fork'. It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming.... like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! If I'm in a casket, I am sure I'm headed for the very best."

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them: "Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come."

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Piedmont Grown Got to be NC Agriculture NC Specialty Foods Association Truffle Growers Association Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Truffles NC is the only domestic producer of all natural authentic black truffle products in the U.S.

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Keep Your Fork Farm -- 1194 Marshall Smith Rd., King, NC  27021

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