Smaller parties can enjoy four one-bedroom and one-bathroom Forest Cabins that are scattered throughout 25 acres of longleaf pines. The larger Pond House boasts a two-bedroom and two-bathroom option situated on a peninsula surrounded by White Oak’s 15-acre fish pond with access to the boathouse. During the week, Forest Cabins are $99 a night and Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights are $139 a night. The Pond House is priced at $199 during the week and $259 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Our multigenerational, vertically integrated, high animal welfare and environmentally sustainable family farm is unique, therefore we have a lot of visitors. Because we are in such a remote area, there are few lodging and dining opportunities. We are fiercely proud of our farm, and we enjoy having company,” explains Jodi Harris, a fifth generation Harris family member involved in the management of White Oak Pastures. “This is why we built our restaurant and our cabins. It is a genuine, transparent cultural experience where people are able to witness life on the farm, see where their food comes from, learn from our classes and eat true farm-to-table cuisine. This is as much an educational and cultural experience as it is a unique and pleasant place to stay.”
Along with lodging, White Oak Pastures is also offering Saturday classes every other week starting with a butchering demonstration workshop and an organic pest management workshop on August 9. On August 23, the farm will host a yoga workshop and on September 6, there will be a seed-starting workshop. The farm plans to host more workshops with offerings like canning and preserving, animal husbandry, environmental stewardship and hide tanning classes.
In addition to the educational courses, there will be more leisurely options: guided horseback trail rides, farm tours led by a member of the Harris family, fishing in the farm’s ponds, trail walking, as well as enjoying the farm’s new skeet shooting facilities.
For those who are truly passionate about food and knowing where it comes from, the dining experience at White Oak Pastures is the main highlight. The farm offers an authentic farm-to-table meal with all menu ingredients grown or raised on the property. The seasonal menu served at White Oak’s Pavilion includes poultry and red meats raised and processed on the farm, eggs gathered from the pastures and Certified Organic vegetables grown in the 8-acre garden. Chef Reid Harrison, trained in a prestigious Chicago culinary school, brings distinction to the farm’s bounty. Lunch is offered at the Pavilion Monday through Saturday. On Friday and Saturday nights, farmers and visitors can enjoy a more formal, sit-down supper. Dining at the White Oak Pastures Pavilion is the ultimate farm-to-plate experience.
To book a room at the 150-year old family farm, call 229-641-2081 or email at email@example.com.
About White Oak Pastures
White Oak Pastures is a multigenerational, family-owned and operated grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, rabbit and free-range poultry producer committed to the principles of sustainability and stewardship. The five-generation farm, led by owner Will Harris, has operated continuously on the same land in Early County, Georgia, for more than 150 years. White Oak Pastures cooperates with nature to produce artisan products that are healthy, safe, nutritious and delicious. Care is given to ensure that all production practices are economically practical, ecologically sustainable and that the animals are always treated humanely. White Oak Pastures never falters in conducting business in an honorable manner, for the sake of the animals, the land and the people eating the products. The farm now also offers on-site lodging and dining.
Harris and White Oak Pastures have received the following awards for setting farming standards, contributing to the restaurant industry and being dedicated to the sustainability of organic farming in Georgia: 2011 Georgia’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2011 Georgia Restaurant Association’s Innovator Award, Will Harris inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs, 2012 American Treasures Award from MADE: In America, 2012 Centennial Family Award, 2012 Distinguished Conservationist, 2012 LDEI Green Ribbon Recipient and 2013 Swisher Sunbelt Farmer of the Year.
White Oak Pastures also holds several certifications including: Certified Grassfed by the American Grassfed Association, Certified Humane by the Humane Farm Animal Care, Animal Welfare Approved by Animal Welfare Institute, Master Cattleman by the University of Georgia, Certified Organic by Georgia Crop Improvement Association and Good Management Practices approved by Silliker, Inc.
White Oak Pastures products can be purchased at more than 1,000 Publix supermarkets throughout the Southeast and at Whole Foods Market locations from Miami, Florida to Princeton, New Jersey. The beef is distributed by Kelly's Foods, Buckhead Beef, Sysco Gulf Coast, PFG, Maplevale Farms, Merchants and US Foods. Customers can also place orders online. White Oak Pastures is located at22775 Highway 27 in Bluffton, Georgia. For more information, call (229) 641-2081 or visit whiteoakpastures.com.