Tucked away in the midst of a residential North Murfreesboro neighborhood is a 15-acre pocket of land known as Sinking Creek Farm.
Danny and Ginger Demonbreun first moved to the property on Battleground Drive two decades ago.
“Ginger’s dad found this place 20 years ago,” Danny said. “We were looking for land, and he took us out here. We were driving through the subdivision, and I was thinking, ‘There’s nothing for us out here.’”
But the Demonbreuns were amazed at the large piece of land, and settled on the banks of Sinking Creek.
But only recently, out of a destructive force a few years ago, came the agricultural element now included in the name of the property. The Good Friday tornado of 2009 devastated a chunk of Rutherford County, but the way the Demonbreuns saw it, it cleared the way for Sinking Creek Farm, literally.
“They hauled out 487 dump truck loads of waste,” Ginger said. “We’ve always been into organic gardening, but that allowed us to really expand. We said, ‘Let’s try this!’”
Now, with the majority of the land no longer being heavily wooded, there is ample room to grow veggies, and the proprietors of Sinking Creek can grow sunflowers, beans, eggplant, asparagus, cabbage and more, plus produce a few condiments, with a particular partiality to peppers. The Demonbreuns package jars of spicy mustard, pepper jellies, German hot slaw and Carolina hot slaw.
“They’re great on everything,” Ginger says of the hot slaws. “Pinto beans . . . everything.”
Sinking Creek wants to promote the grow-your-own, do-it-yourself spirit in the community, and its proprietors invite anyone interested to attend periodical Artisan Bashes on the property.
“It’s great to get like-minded people to come together,” Ginger said.
By like-minded, she means those with a desire to get back to living off the land, and turn to a more natural and more local way of shopping, eating and living. These people may include farmers, musicians and merchants, along with beekeepers, soap makers, woodworkers, producers of crafts and arts—all are invited.
The next Artisan Bash will be Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-6 p.m., and the afternoon will include music, food, drink, crafts, networking, the exchange of ideas, possible wading in the creek, friends and fun.
Sinking Creek also offers its facilities for rentals and events, and boasts a brand-new wooden picnic pavilion.
“Danny just built this in 6 weeks,” Ginger said while standing in the new structure. “I’m so proud of him!”
But neither Demonbreun seems to stand still for very long; Ginger is off to prepare for an event that night, while Danny is busy cutting grass. It’s not easy running a farm, but it has its rewards.
Sinking Creek Farm is located at 2473 Battleground Drive. Drop by Sept. 7 for the Artisan Bash if you can.