Ham to Ham Combat: The Tale of Two Smithfields

Thirty years ago, my hometown of Smithfield, North Carolina, launched what the Washington Post later called “A War In the Hamlets.” On the line were rights to the title “Ham Capital of the World.”

Discovering the South You Never Ate

Experience the reinvention of Eastern Shore cuisine at historic Ker Place on Saturday, March 19 starting at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society in our mission to preserve and interpret the history of the Eastern Shore, and educate the community about its past.

Edwards Virginia Ham Update

The Edwards family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern and support from a loyal community of customers, chefs, and industry partners. They send their heartfelt thanks.

Edwards Virginia Ham

The SFA has just learned the most devastating news out of Surry, Virginia: a fire has completely destroyed Edwards Virginia Ham business.

Ham to Ham Combat

“Listen. Their whole house could burn down, they could lose all their presents, but if their refrigerator made it through the fire with that ham in it, that Christmas would be fine.”

Virginia Brock’s Georgia-Style Brunswick Stew

The great states of Georgia and Virginia have two major things in common: Each is home to its own Brunswick County, and each claims to be the home-place of the first-ever bubbling pot of that famous Southern specialty, Brunswick stew.