He and his wife Kristen own Wolfscratch Farms where the focus is organic produce. They moved here from Decatur with their daughter. “We fell in love with Pickens County,” he explained, “after visiting Kristen’s parents here.” A former fashion photographer, Jamie decided to try his hand at farming. Lucky for us, the results of his decision are highly edible.
Wolfscratch Farms supplies local restaurant 61 Main with goodies like seasonal strawberries and a variety of fresh vegetables. All are grown from heirloom and organic seeds. Last summer they sold 39 different types of heirloom tomatoes at the Big Canoe Market. They couldn’t grow them fast enough for all of the tomato lovers. Needless to say, tomatoes are their most requested item.
One way to sample everything is to buy a half or full-share of the upcoming spring harvest. This entitles you to 10 weekly baskets filled with freshly-picked items. A half-share feeds one or two people and a full-share feeds three or four. Now is the time to sign up. They’re taking deposits until Feb. 15.
Work-shares are also offered. These allow people to work a few hours a week in exchange for food. The spring season for worker-share orientation is already in progress.
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, simply refers to a group of people sharing a harvest. The Wolfscratch CSA provides enough food for the Rosenthals, their in-laws and more than 60 other families. Currently, some of the produce is shipped to their old neighborhood in Decatur. A future goal is to increase a good local contingent of members. It’ll cut down on fuel costs, as fuel is a non-sustainable item.
We looked at a romanesco cauliflower. Jamie offered to take the newspaper camera and get a close-up of its beautiful swirling pattern.
I asked if he missed his old job taking fashion pictures with its success, glamour and travel. He said he’d gotten tired of chasing a paycheck. And sure, they wondered over and over if they were doing the right thing or not with the farm. But then, there was an “a-ha moment.” On a walk with her grandmother, the Rosenthals’ little daughter was offered a freshly pulled carrot. She dropped the lollipop she was holding to grab the carrot – something really good for her, body and soul.
Farm Manager Corey Deyette helps with day-to-day operations. Together they make compost, care for various farm animals and tend the rows of veggies. They employ the use of cover crops to keep the soil gorgeous and healthy. Every year it will get even better. The summer growing season will vary from spring. They’ll have more veggies, lots of teas and herbs (both medicinal and culinary) and sunflowers and zinnias for cut arrangements.
Pickens County residents should keep an eye out for “farm to table dinners” which the Rosenthals hope to offer very soon. These will be on-site with freshly prepared produce and wine pairings for groups of 15 people.
Personal tours are available upon request. Please call ahead. From Jasper, take Cove Road and turn left at Bent Tree Drive. Turn right at the Mountain View Alliance Church onto Long Swamp Road. Look for the Wolfscratch Farms sign on your left.
673 Long Swamp Road
Jasper, Ga 30143