The Pasta Wench

 A funny thing happened on Andrea Morrell’s way to becoming a farmer. She became The Pasta Wench instead. Andrea and her husband, Pony, are from Pennsylvania. They moved to the North Carolina mountains and bought a 5-acre farm in Deep Gap.
Andrea cultivated 2 of the 5 acres and rented a spot at a nearby farmers market.
“It was May. The farmers market was starting in three weeks, and my vegetables were 4 inches tall. I thought, ‘I’ll have nothing to sell.” Instead of wasting the space at the market, Morrell made fresh ravioli. “I made 50 (pieces) and sold out in the first hour.”

The next week, she made 150 pieces and sold out. She kept making more and selling more. Eventually, she set up a 900-square-foot kitchen at her farm just for making pasta. Then she came up with the whimsical name: The Pasta Wench. “Wenches originally served kings,” she said. “And I thought it was a cool, memorable name.”

Pasta Wench offers fresh, locally produced gourmet, all natural pasta. All products are fresh or fresh frozen, and are part of the Goodness Grows in NC program and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Pasta Wench supports local food, and use local/NC growers for my products/filling in every possible application, when available. Supporting local growers and producers is paramount for a vibrant economic community.

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