Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Our Communities of NW Stokes is proud to share stories about some Stokes Folks we think everyone might want to know a thing or two about, especially if you want to know where to
farm fresh food raised locally.
Grace Meadows Farm: Gay, Carl, and Emma Gunn
If you travel west on Highway 89 from Francisco toward Westfield, Ring Road will be on your left just before the Surry County line. A turn down Ring Road will soon lead you to Grace Road and Grace Meadow Farm. This is Carl and Gay Gunn’s farm. Carl grew up on a farm in Rockingham County; Gay grew up in Rowan County. They discovered Stokes County after they got married and started searching for farmland of their own. That was 20 years ago. Today they raise grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chickens for meat and egg production; and their turkeys have become so popular for holiday dinners, that people order them well in advance.
In the early years, the Gunns had a Holstein dairy for a while, and strawberries were one of the first crops raised for market. They now raise vegetables for sale along with the meats; everything is raised with farming practices that will sustain the land. Gay is happy to share with you how the benefits grass-fed beef produce a healthy choice for her customers. Folks who look for variety in pork sausage will find chorizo, sweet Italian, and andouille breakfast sausage. Grace Meadow Farm products can be found at Stuart Farmer’s Market, King Farmer’s Market, on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GraceMeadowFarm/ and the year round Winston Salem Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Everyone’s favorite item growing at the Gunn’s farm is Emma, their beautiful daughter. The love of animals has been lifelong with Emma; her mother will tell you she would have one of every species if allowed.
If you have not met the Gunn family, we encourage you to make that effort soon. Farm life, producing quality food to market, and raising a growing girl keeps them busy most of the time. Gay makes time to help out often at the local food pantry when called upon, and sometimes you find her filling in as a substitute teacher for schools when they ask for help. The value of belonging and contributing to community life is something Gay and Carl Gunn have made a priority, and we are thankful for it.