Kinston Chapter Four - Hanging with TV Stars

So, we came to Kinston because there was cheap camping. Then an old Jeep leads to new friends. As part of the Brewery 5th Anniversary we attended a sake tasting event at the gallery owned by our new friends.

This chapter begins at that sake tasting.

Sake and Reality TV?

While MsBoyink and I were seated around the sake table we were joined by two additional couples, Warren & Jane, and “little Warren” & Holly. We made introductions and learned that Warren and Warren were local farmers.

Asking Holly what she did we learned that she was the personal assistant of a local chef..and chef’s local restaurant is featured on a TV show. Warren & Warren are also on the show because they provide many of the fresh local ingredients the restaurant is known for.

Wait, what? A TV show out of this town?

TV Newbs

See, we aren’t TV watchers. We haven’t had cable for years - since even before our big shift to nomadic living.

That’s not to say we don’t see movies or the occaisonal TV show via online services like Hulu or Amazon Prime, but we have removed ourselves from that aspect of modern culture and - most times - don’t miss it one bit.

Never Heard of It, Sorry

In this case however I felt a bit embarrassed to say I’d never heard of the show. We still made pleasant conversation around the sake until they went to move on with their night. 

Or, so we thought until Jane came back to the sake room and handed us a Post-It note with her name and phone number on it, inviting us to their house on “The Brothers Farm” the following Sunday for brunch and green Bloody Marys.

“Hospitality is what we do” she said with a smile.

Never Say No

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We have tried very hard to adopt a never say no philosophy in cases like this. In the past we probably would have played shy, and not wanted to “put them out” at all, but have really learned that some of our most interesting experiences come from saying yes.

So we said yes.

Lost the Address!

And on the way home, promptly lost the Post-It note that Jane had given us.

Ugh. Kicking ourselves we Googled around and managed to scare up a phone number for the farm and got ahold of Warren to RSVP for the event.

Research

We also searched around online to get a sense for the show. The show is entitled A Chef’s Life and covers the story of Chef Vivian Howard and husband Ben Knight leaving NYC to come back to Vivian’s hometown of Kinston and opening a white-cloth farm to table restaurant. 

The show runs on PBS and has done well, even winning a Peabody award - the broadcast industry’s equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize.

Brothers Farm

We got ourselves to the Brother’s Farm on Sunday and walked up to a nice spread of food on the large covered porch.

We met a number of people and hung out under the live oaks while Jane continued to bring out the food including a green smoothie for Miranda and plates of scrambled farm eggs and cinnamon toast to die for for us.

With full bellies we then climbed into the back of a pickup for a ride over to where the produce is grown. Warren is a 5th generation farmer and with his southern style and quick wit was an excellent bare-footed guide through the farm.

Yes, in the back of an open truck.

Yes, in the back of an open truck.

Growing goodness in the greenhouse

Growing goodness in the greenhouse

The Brothers Farm

The Brothers Farm

This scene just begged for black and white

This scene just begged for black and white

I lost count of the number of tractors

I lost count of the number of tractors

More farm buildings

More farm buildings

That's some pig!

That's some pig!

Miranda changes to feed the pig

Miranda changes to feed the pig

Taste testing sorghum in the field

Taste testing sorghum in the field

More farm buildings

More farm buildings

The promised green bloody mary - not bad!

The promised green bloody mary - not bad!

I need some product in my hair!

I need some product in my hair!

Another group photo attempt

Another group photo attempt

Tour

Our time grew short so we only got a quick tour through the inside of the beautiful house which is available to rent. Warren and Jane are very approachable, down to earth and provide an excellent example of Southern Hospitality. You can contact the farm directly at 252-361-2502 or via http://www.brothersfarmexperience.com.

Watching Online

After our day at the farm we came home and found an episode of A Chef’s Life online to watch. I was impressed at how the show treats the area and the people it showed with respect.

I always cringe when Hollywood comes to the cottonfield as it’s so easy to lampoon the locals. It was fun to see the farm we had just visited, the (huge!) hogs we fed, and some of the people we had just met on screen.

I hope they continue to be successful with it.

Thanks!

Thanks again to Jane & Warren for the invite out - we had a great time and we’ll remember our day of “hanging with the TV stars” for some time.

 

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2 Comments Kinston Chapter Four - Hanging with TV Stars

  1. Picture of JenniJenni November 09, 2014

    Good gravy, that’s a big pig!  Just getting caught up on your time in Kinston and it’s made me “homesick” for the road.  Those opportunities you just don’t find in Suburbia are the best aspects of traveling. I really miss that.

  2. Picture of Rose GodfreyRose Godfrey December 23, 2014

    This post and these pictures and that show all make me miss the farm we left behind just a little bit.

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