About Us

Perkinson_Family94Flying Cloud Farm, managed by Isaiah and Annie Louise Perkinson, produces vegetables, fruits, and flowers for local markets. All produce grown on the farm is sold directly at farmers markets, through our 100 member CSA, to restaurants and at our self-service roadside stand.

  The farm is located approximately twelve miles outside of Asheville on route 74A in the last open valley before the road climbs the mountain to the continental divide.plowing  Our farming practices rely on cover cropping, amending the soil with OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved minerals and fertilizers, annual soil testing, crop rotation, beneficial insect habitat, and careful planning for insect and weed issues. We have a personal relationship with our customers and strive to be transparent about our farming practices and farming operation.

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The farm’s name is inspired by the name of the stage coach that traveled Drover’s road (route 74A) in the mid-1800′s. The Flying Cloud made a stop at historic Sherill’s Inn, which was purchased in 1916 by Annie Louise’s great-grandparents, Jim and Elizabeth McClure, and named Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Many members of the 5 generations of the McClure/Clarke family live nearby and work in the area on all sorts of projects.

 

Annie-n-Isaiha-PerkinsonWe started our farming operation in 1999 planting blueberry bushes and growing a 1/2 acre of produce. By 2002 we started our CSA and were accepted into three markets in the Asheville area. We gradually rented more land from family and neighbors, added the necessary infrastructure to grow and prepare produce and flowers, extended the growing seasons, and made the farm our full time profession. We continue to learn and try new things every year as we evolve in the pursuit of our passions.
 

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