If there is one thing that we southerners have in common, it’s that we love “good ole southern cookin’.” It was only a matter of time before White Oak Pastures added their own “Taste of the Town” to Bluffton, Georgia, which was easy considering there is no other place to dine in Bluffton, Georgia. What started out as a place for the employees to eat lunch every day is now our Dining Pavilion that serves lunch to our employees, our guests, tour groups, and friends from all over the United States. We cook what we grow and raise, right here on our farm, and our condiments and dressings are homemade. We southerners are “meat and potatoes” kind of folks. But, we don’t want to exclude our vegetarian friends, so we have a homemade vegetarian quiche that will undoubtedly do the trick.
Lashona Butler, our Dining Pavilion and Food Truck Manager, has worn more than a few culinary hats in her life. Lashona came to White Oak Pastures in 2012 and hasn’t stopped learning, progressing, and developing strategies. Not only is she enhancing White Oak Pastures, but she is inspiring her staff to strive for excellence! This falls right in with her description of White Oak Pastures as “Innovative”. Take the time to read about the woman preparing White Oak Pastures’ specialized Pavilion meals and our more southern quick-serve Food Truck meals, which have equally savory food!
Please tell us a little about the history of your business and what you do?
Established in 2012, Fresh Harvest provides home and office deliveries of local organic produce, meat, eggs, milk, and more throughout Greater Atlanta. Over the past few years, we've also developed our own garden space in Clarkston, GA--hosting community dinners, cooking demos, and gardening classes.
|LeAnn’s Gourmet Foods, a Georgia-based, woman-run company, offers a range of local, all natural, gluten free relishes, pickles, jellies, jams, butters, dips and mixes.|
Simplicity, because who doesn’t like the simple things in life? That is certainly something indicative of the South and is exactly what LeAnn’s Gourmet Foods, a company out of McDonough, GA, seems to incorporate in its delectable items. A simple family recipe made with simple ingredients is what jump-started this line of delicacies.
White Oak Pastures’ Artisan sausages are hand-crafted from the highest quality muscle cuts such as pork picnic, butts, and hams, which we process in small batches of fifty pounds. In addition to beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, we offer turkey, duck, and goose sausage as well. You will not find such a variety of sausages made anywhere else.
|White Oak Pastures has a range of sausages from six different species available online.|
Brian Sapp, our Director of Operations, responds to a customer's inquiry about our sausage. His thoughtful answer highlights the difference between our high-quality, small-batch, pasture-raised sausage and more popular commodity sausage.
“What’s for dinner?” is a phrase that is heard in every household, probably every single day. Our culture is a busy one and it seems that healthy meals are few and far between because of that. One smart woman turned her personal challenge into a healthy, helpful business. Garnish & Gather was created by the amazingly ingenious Emily Golub in order to take the time-consuming planning and shopping out of meal preparation. Continue reading to be inspired by Emily, who found a creative and financially viable option in which to meet her needs and provide a service for others.
Will Harris speaks on The Evolution of the Land to Market Program:
“Allan Savory changed the way I look at land,” said Will Harris, who often calls Savory the “father of holistic range and pasture management.” White Oak Pastures is proud to be one of a very few global Savory Hubs, and only one of two East of the Mississippi River. White Oak Pastures has recently adopted many of Savory’s practices, which stem from using animal grazing to positively impact land.
If you find yourself feeling a bit nostalgic this Christmas Season, make your way to White Oak Pastures’ General Store in downtown Bluffton. The sound of the boards as you step onto the old wood floors, takes some of us back to a simpler time. A time where hustling and bustling was far removed from this quaint panacea.
White Oak Pastures has several second-generational family members employed here on the farm. Deion Wallace, IFC Supervisor, is one of them.
During high school, Deion was an athlete: a defensive back and wide receiver in football, a shooting- guard in basketball, and a sprinter in track. After graduating high school, Deion didn’t have to look far to see what the next step in his life would be. Having a mother who was already employed at White Oak Pastures allowed him the opportunity to seek a career here. Deion stated that there was a probationary period but he “was pretty good at what I did,” working alongside his mother in the chicken plant, which led to a permanent position.