Blog submitted by Nadine Naujoks
When Rick Fishburn learned there was a good piece of land to lease in Mill Spring, that is all he needed to hear. Since 2012 Rick, wife Kathy and their sons, Ricky and Robert now call the 39 acres home.
The land, known as Divine Vineyards, includes nine acres of 20+ year-old established muscadine and scuppernong grapevines. The grapevines were always cared for organically and the Fishburns continue that practice.
Surprisingly, the Fishburns are self-taught farmers. Speaking with neighbors and doing a lot of Googling, they are restoring the grapevines; harvesting the organic grapes for sale and offering “pick your own”. In addition, they make jams and jellies for sale.
Son, Ricky, decided to supplement the farm’s revenues with poultry. Ricky’s livestock include 27 adult chickens and 15 chicks plus 2 adult ducks and 5 babies. Ricky tells of his two roosters called the Big Guys that actually wrangle the hens in to roost at night for him. Very protective of their flock, the Big Guys have particular sentry positions they take and that is a brave duty as the farm backs up to over 400 acres of wooded land, home to plenty of predators.
On occasion a bossy hen known as The Big Gal lays an amazingly huge double yolk egg. The egg is so big you cannot close an egg carton on it and when you see it, ya kinda have to feel sorry for the hen that laid it!
The Fishburns sell both chicken and duck eggs and delicious jams and jellies at the Mill Spring Farm Store under the name Divine Vineyards and More. Come on in and try their organic muscadine grapes and jellies and free range eggs. Remember, your buying local is both delicious and healthy for you and helps family farms like Divine Vineyards keep going.