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High Cotton in Eastern North Carolina

High Cotton in the antebellum South meant that the cotton was high, prices were good and all was well on the plantation. Yep, we’re in High Cotton on the farm here at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast this year. Right outside my kitchen window the cotton is as high as I can remember. My brother… Read more

Chloe’s Fragrance Garden at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Late summer evenings in Big Mill B&B’s garden are filled with sweet scents The show begins in the afternoon at 5 o’clock, when the Four O’clocks start blooming. They are an old flower that my mother and grandmother raised and shared with their friends. It is a wonderful plant and each flower can have several… Read more

Barney’s Killer Salsa

This original salsa recipe is a crowd-pleaser and a cook-pleaser -It only takes 5 minutes to make.  Barney’s Killer Salsa • 1 28-ounce can diced (not petite diced tomatoes)• 2 1/2 Tablespoons jalapeno slices (in a jar)• 1 Tablespoon juice from the jalapeno jar• 2 teaspoons sugar• 1 cup fresh (loosely packed cilantro)• 1/4 medium… Read more

Sweet cucumber pickles are as southern as iced tea Not just any pickles either – they must be homemade and preferably homegrown. It is alright if someone gives you the cucumbers, or you pick them up fresh from your local Farmers Market. We all have a family recipe that has been passed down and it… Click here to get Chloe’s Sweet Cucumber Pickle Recipe

Night Blooming Flowers in the Gardens at Big Mill

Our Evening Primrose, wildflower and beautiful King’s cure-all, is often considered a weed Evening Primrose photo by Chloe Tuttle But here at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast, Evening Primrose is glorified, photographed, written about and touted as entertainer – watching it bloom is a great way to spend an evening in the garden. Take a… Read more

Spiderwort – Edible flower in the Big Mill Garden

Spiderwort – Big Mill’s “Canary in the coal mine” This wonderful blue flower that grows in my eastern North Carolina garden is Spiderwort (Tradescantia), pronounced  trad-ess-KANT-ee-uh. Each day in spring and early summer I am greeted with the vibrant blue of these odd beauties. Then about noon, they close. My mother loved these flowers –… Read more

Elopement on the Farm at Big Mill B&B

Getting married on the farm, surrounded by nature has a calming effect. What a great way to start your new life together, away from the crowd. I have friends who love their motorcycles, old trucks and all their grown-up “toys.” So why not be married beside your Harley or in your vintage Corvette? Big weddings… Read more

Making Molasses

Molasses — that dark, sweet liquid that tastes so good on a hot biscuit — was once a staple on every farm in eastern North Carolina Melvin Price and Lucy making molasses My dad’s family made molasses and to him molasses on a sweet potato was a meal. He told me all about how they… Read more

Hummingbirds at Big Mill : A Bird’s Eye View

Just settle into the hammock or in a swing on the farm at Big Mill and wait …. but not for very long. Yes, you’ll have to wind down and be still and quiet – but you will be well-rewarded. Soon, right before your eyes, the birds start singing and hop out of their hiding… Read more

It’s Planting Time on the Farm at Big Mill

Everywhere you look, it’s planting time in eastern North Carolina Nephew Monk Gurkin above in 1959. Monk and Aunt Chloe (that’s me) had our own garden that year. We raised tomatoes to sell to local restaurants – and for our tomato sandwiches. Note the hog pen in back. Seems we all dig in the dirt… Read more