An exciting local food movement has been taking shape in Southern Pines during the past several years, and is part of the inspiration behind Susan and Steve Peters’ decision to recently open Southern Whey – a charming specialty shop selling cheese, meat and other foodstuff – on the corner of NE Broad Street and New Hampshire Avenue in downtown Southern Pines.
Today we’re talking with Susan, shop-owner and Southern Pines native, as well as two local suppliers to Southern Whey: Hunter Stovall of Paradox Farm and Michael Miller with Southern Salmon.
After moving back to Southern Pines from Manhattan, Susan and her husband, Steve, dreamt of opening a business that would engage their local community, and mused about the corner bodegas found throughout New York City. And they were especially excited by the idea of creating a venue for food artisans who think “local” to bring their goods to market year-round.
Hunter Stovall, a local attorney, and his wife Sue, a local physical therapist, own Paradox Farm in West End. In April of this year they completed work on their dairy and received certification to sell local, fresh and ripened goat cheese. Cheese Louise!, the Stovalls’ fresh Chevre, has developed a cult following in Southern Pines and is available at Southern Whey.
Recently relocated to Southern Pines with his wife, Madeline, Michael Miller was born in Washington state and grew up on a small island outside of Seattle. He was raised on fresh seafood, especially freshly smoked salmon, and has been marinating and smoking salmon for more than 20 years. The salmon is wild-caught off the Canadian coast and will be available fresh and never frozen at Southern Whey.