True Love Whole Foods lives at the Farm at Cedar Woods, along with farm owners Susan & Gerry.
We're located at 2660 Holden Corso Rd in Cedar, and you'll find a map just below to help you find your way. As we have two houses and two driveways at the farm, and because most GPS systems don't actually know where we are, please read the directions below the map to make sure you find us.
After turning left on Holden Corso from McMillan Rd (at the gas station), the road is fairly straight and flat for a bit. BUT, pay attention as the road bends sharply to the left. The bend is marked with chevrons so just follow those around the bend (don't go straight at this point, as that's Rugg Rd, which is a dead end).
Immediately after the left bend, you'll then need to make a quick right turn to stay on Holden Corso. If you continue up the hill the road changes to Barnes Rd without warning, so please watch closely for that right turn, as it is marked with a road sign.
The road will become very narrow and hilly for a short bit, but you're almost here. As you get close to our farm, watch for the road to widen a little and for the trees on the right to give way to a small grassy meadow.
This is the part where you should ignore your GPS!
When you see the meadow on the right, our main farm entrance is the very next left. It comes up very quickly, so please slow down!
Just look for the big farm market sign at the road, and turn left into the gravel lane way. If you come to a paved driveway, you've gone too far. Please turn around and go back to the gravel drive.
Once you turn in, you'll see a yellow market tent right outside the main gate.
Otherwise please park outside the gate beside the tent (please don't block the car gate) and walk through, unless you've made other arrangements with us in advance.
The best way to find out what we have available and when is to sign up to our email list. We'll let you know when we're starting a new growing season and how you can get your hands on some of our good food.
Though we are not a certified organic farm, all our produce is grown using organic methods. We avoid the use of all chemical pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic substances in our gardens. Instead, we use plenty of compost and manure to build healthy soil, and we use mulch and good old fashioned hoeing (lots of it!) to keep the weeds under control.
You can follow our farm adventures on our Facebook Page, which we update regularly with fun photos, videos, and special announcements.
We look forward to meeting you at the farm soon, either in person or online!
Of course, a farm wouldn't be a farm without our animal friends. As a mixed use farm, we have a number of animals under our care. Here's an introduction to some of them....
Let's start with our five barn cats, which we re-homed with help from the Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society. They're not used to being around people so they're fairly elusive, but we're just glad they're doing their job.
We provide them with good food and clean water daily, and in return they keep the barn free of rodents. Win-win!
Barn kitties having breakfast
During our first Summer on the farm, we decided to purchase a small herd of Highland cattle. With 28 acres of farmland, much of it in pasture and forest, we were looking for an animal that could help us keep it all under control. We knew that cattle eat a LOT, so we thought that might be a good choice.
As we were new to caring for livestock, we wanted a breed that was hardy, self-sufficient, and relatively easy to care for. These beautiful animals fit the bill.
One of our momma cows with her day old baby
We were fortunate to find a small herd belonging to an old-time farmer who has raised Highlands for 20 years. Andy was a wonderful mentor and guide as we learned the ins and outs of raising happy, high-quality, grass-fed beef cattle.
Our original herd consisted of a young bull and 3 pregnant cows, and we've enjoyed seeing our little herd expand. We now raised Dexter cattle as well, and our latest acquisition is a Lowline bull which is the smallest breed of the three.
Our happy hens free-ranging in the...hay?
A flock of laying hens was our next addition here at the Farm at Cedar Woods.
After experimenting with a variety of breeds, we're currently keeping just one flock of hybrid laying hens for ease of
maintenance, though we may go back to raising heritage birds again in the
These girls love
their fruits and veggies, which we feed them daily from our organic
garden in season. They also forage on pasture and scratch for bugs.
After all the activity and learning curves that come with figuring out how to care for our new animals, we decided that cattle and chickens would be enough for the time being. We stood firm when visitors asked us to re-home their pet rabbits, and resisted the temptation to add ducks, geese and turkeys to our flock.
Ms. Marigold is so curious and friendly!
But when this lovely gal was offered to us...well we just couldn't say no!
Susan was really wanting to get a milking goat at some point, since really the only thing missing from the breakfast table now was fresh milk for her chai tea. But we'd decided we had enough on our hands for the time being so were going to wait until the following Spring.
But that all changed when we learned that Ms. Marigold was in need of a new home. What's more, when we found out that she used to live here at the Farm at Cedar Woods when it was a petting farm, well, we just had to welcome her back home!
We currently keep 6 milking does, 3 young doelings, and two bucks for breeding.
As these are dairy goats we breed annually for milk production, so we often have kids available for sale every Spring, and sometimes in the Summer and/or Fall as well. This breed (Nigerian Dwarf) is small, friendly and oh-so-much-fun. For more information about our kids, and to get your name on our reservation list, please see our Nigerain Dwarf goats page.
We've also tried our hand at keeping weeder geese. Unfortunately it didn't turn out as well as we'd hoped, but we did well providing Christmas goose for several families that year!
Alpacas, llamas and Ossabaw Island hogs are a few of the other animals we've kept since we've been here, though we no longer have these on the farm.
We do, however, have two lovely East Friesian ewes, Volla and Capri. These girls are super sweet and friendly, providing us with very rich and creamy milk for cheese making.
The farm property itself has quite a history behind it. Most recently, it was home to The Farm at Cedar Woods Society, which operated a therapy program on the property, complete with petting farm.
The Society offered day programs for people facing mental, emotional, and social barriers, and operated from the farm for five years, until January, 2013.
Prior to its use by The Farm at Cedar Woods Society, the land was owned by the Roy family for many years. The Roys built the original farm house, which had a lovely backyard garden where our courtyard is now, as well as several fruit trees that are still there today.
We were excited to take on the challenge of turning this property into a fully functioning, mixed working farm when we purchased it in 2013. We're now in our 6th season on the farm and are extremely pleased with the progress we've made to date.
To find out what's happening around the farm these days, you can follow us on The Farm At Cedar Woods' Facebook page.