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Walnut Hollow Ranch Trail Vacation Stables

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Walnut Hollow Ranch LLC is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina in Hayesville. My name is Charlie Kissling, originally from New Jersey. Along with my wife, Barbara, I operate Walnut Hollow Ranch "All Natural Farm Raised Beef" and "Walnut Hollow Ranch Trail Vacation Stables".

We purchased the 160 acres of mountain land on Carter Cove in 2001 and moved cattle, horses, dogs, cats and a goat to a beautiful mountain farm within the next 4 years. A multi-use barn, with a rental barn loft apartment, office and stalls was built in 2004. Within the next 5 years, the infrastructure along with a hay barn, feed-waste building, restored sheds and shop, fencing and complete equine facility were completed. Rental property was acquired adjacent to the farm.

My background was in the restaurant business for over 25 years, and Barbara's family operated a farm market with over 100 acres of tillable land for 3 generations. So, you ask why I became a cattleman? I enjoy beef and make the best "healthy" choices I can. After meeting Barbara, the farm life was for me... and here we are, sustaining our ranch with beef cattle, lots of sunshine and exercise.

We both know fresh, quality foods and endeavor to offer you the highest quality, bold tasting, premium beef we can produce.

Our cattle are raised and cared for in harmony with nature in our temperate region of the Appalachian Mountains. I am a progressive cattleman, eager to learn, yet humble using proven methods to produce a premium - all natural - beef protein. I have been Beef Quality Assurance Certified #123 by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Walnut Hollow Ranch was granted a North Carolina Meat Handlers Permit #871. I have also previously had food safety instruction from the New Jersey Restaurant Association and Board of Health.

Choosing pastured beef is a wholesome, nutritional, healthy choice for your family. We are confident you will realize the value of Walnut Hollow Ranch Beef.

We're always looking for an excuse to get out of work and go on a trail ride. Barbara and I enjoy meeting new friends who pass through or spend a vacation visiting Clay County. Often we explore the Nantahala Forest with our 'gaited' Paso Fino horses.

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