"Striving for excellence in non-sustainable, retirement-funded, boutique agriculture!#$^%?!"
Who we are in 2013:
We are growers of improved PECAN varieties in the Sandhills of North Carolina for 30 years, and growers of horse-quality Coastal Bermuda HAY since 2011. Bill and Teresa Bruton have nurtured two sons and a 8˝ acre hayfield with 92-tree orchard to the end of their professional careers, and have retired to a pursuit of small agriculture and stained-glass craft handiwork as long as their meager financial resources can sustain them at $inkmore Homestead.
We sell only Hay and Pecans that are grown on our 27-acre, 4th generation family farm on the outskirts of Candor, NC. We began planting improved varieties of trees (including Cape Fear and Sumner) in 1983, and we also harvest some heirloom varieties (including Stuart) from a few “yard” trees planted almost 100 years. After extensive herbicide treatment, Tifton 44 was sprigged mid-spring of 2011 on a clean-slate landscape in the wide middles “between the trees”, and fertilizer bills have been coming ever since. The appealing drive-by optics of the pastoral real estate is evocative of the 23rd Psalm; bucolic, shady "green pastures", but perhaps financed by the deathful shadow of the valley in our wallets.
We have NEVER used animal waste of any sort or in any fashion (other than human sweat) in cultivating and harvesting our products. Our aggressive herbicide program maintains a virtually weed-free environment, while respecting all licensing requirements, worker safety standards, and labeled quarantine intervals. Our use of all chemicals meets the double-compliance compatibility with both human consumption of Pecans, and equine consumption of Hay.
We supply a Cultivation Data Certificate with each lot of Hay purchased. As soon as they become available, we likewise provide a copy of complete test reports of Hay samples collected by County Extension Agents and sent to Raleigh for NCDA&CS analysis. At this time, all of our Hay is square-baled and cultivated expressly for the purpose of feeding horses.
All of our Pecans are available only as an in-shell product. Please contact us in early November of each year for quantities, pricing, deliveries, etc.
Hay (Coastal Bermuda)
As of 12/5/2013, we are competely out of both Pecans and Hay. Baling begins again around Memorial Day; tree-shaking next November. See you then!
Our actual physical and 9-1-1 address is 902 NC Hwy 211-E, Candor, NC 27229. This address works at www.mapquest.com.
The address shown above in this listing works best for locating us at www.googlemaps.com.
From North, South, or West:
a. Approach from the combined I-73/I-74/US 220.
b. Exit on NC-211, headed west towards Pinehurst, NC.
c. Almost IMMEDIATELY (0.3 mile), turn South (right) into our paved residential driveway, across from the intersection of Farmer's Market Road and NC-211. This intersection is defined by the presence of a gasoline station (with diner), an ice-cream shop and adjacent produce stand.
d. Drive to the end of the driveway (150 yards), don't mind the loud but friendly dogs, knock on the door (or call 910-974-7051).
a. Approach on NC-211.
b. Cross the county line, leaving Moore, entering Montgomery. Appx. 0.7 mile from county line, see County Water System elevated tank, on right.
c. Appx. 0.2 mile from water tank, turn south (left) into our paved residential driveway, across from the intersection of Farmer's Market Road and NC-211. This intersection is defined as in "c" above.
d. Same as "d" above.
Seasonal, daylight hours, while product is available, and NOT Sunday mornings, although you are welcome to attend Church with us.
We expect to have product available during the growing season (Hay begins Memorial Day, Pecans November 1) and throughout the winter months, but we would be pleased if sold out sooner. Suggest that you telephone or e.mail.
Only available here at $inkmore Homestead,
902 NC Hwy 211-E (mail to PO Box 207), Candor, NC 27229.
Unless specifically stated otherwise, quoted price for Hay does NOT INCLUDE loading services. $inkmore presumes that Hay customers will load themselves, and appointments for specific arrival times and loading surcharges are required otherwise.
$inkmore PREFERS NOT to DELIVER Hay orders, and absolutely WILL NOT DELIVER Hay orders of less than 100 bales, or more than 30 miles from the Homestead. Approximate delivery times, purchaser presence at delivery site, and surcharge for loading, delivery, and unloading are required elements of any Hay deliveries. Unless specifically stated otherwise, quoted price for Hay does NOT INCLUDE loading, delivery, and/or unloading services.
Prepaid Pecans can be delivered by USPS Priority Mail with appropriate postal fee.
902 E. Main St.
Candor, NC 27229
At harvest / baling / tree-shaking time, we customarily offer a "lift-it-yourself" discount for clients who pick up and load their own product in the field, the same day that we would otherwise put it in the barn. As you might expect, this is a time- and weather-sensitive event, and we require the ability to notify our clients by e.mail just days (or even hours) prior. If you are interested, please ping your e.mail address to us at WindshieldFarm@gmail.com.