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K

ristin Smith stood under an
oak tree with a lively call to
nature.
"Here, pig, pig, pig, pig, pig,
pig ... PIG!"
That's Smith's way of talking to the
swine stars of her 130-acre Faulkner Bent
Farm (606-344-0021), bordered by the
Cumberland River at Williamsburg in
Whitley County, Kentucky.
This is where she savors the days and
nights of autumn.
"My grandfather always told me that
if anybody ever visited Whitley County in
the fall, they would never leave," Smith
says. "It's like a watercolor painting. Every
day, the leaves just change another hue.
And the river fog hangs in the air just a
little bit longer."
Smith, 39, grew up as the sixth generation on her family's farm, learning to
put up 500 canned items every year, like
sausage, squash, beans and corn. "And
we pickled all kinds of stuff-sauerkraut
mainly," she says. "We probably put up
about five hams."
Smiling, she says, "My mother was put
through college on hogs."
Faulkner Bent Farm is now a free-range
home to 72 beef cattle plus three breeding hogs (Hammy Wynette, Dolly Porkton
and Reba Bacontire); a male pig (Porkner

Wagoner); and several no-name piglets
that are raised for pork production.
Taste Smith's ham for yourself at the
Wrigley Taproom & Eatery (thewrigley.
com), a restaurant owned and operated by
Smith in Corbin, Kentucky, about 25 minutes from her visit-by-appointment farm.
"We're a chalkboard menu, farm-totable," Smith says. "I'm a beef eater and
a beef producer. And farm-to-table food is
my passion."
House specialty: Southern Skillet Steak.
It's a shoulder tender, seared in an iron
skillet and topped with pimento cheese
butter plus tobacco-straw onions.
Favorite appetizer: Caramelized Brussels sprouts, glazed with local honey. "It
was an experiment, and they just took
off," Smith says. "We were just playing
around with ingredients."
Open since 2014, the Wrigley takes its
name from a Wrigley chewing gum mural
in the dining room that was once on an
external wall.
Come October, the restaurant and
farm unite.
"We have farm-to-table events in the
fall," Smith says. "We also have folks
who like to come and just work. They
want to be more connected to the farm.
And that is also part of the whole farmto-table experience."

KENTU
CKY

FARM: Faulkner Bent Farm, Williamsburg.
STAY: Best Western Corbin Inn, Corbin
(606-528-2100).
DO: Farm tours by appointment.
EATS: Farm-to-table fare at Wrigley
Taproom & Eatery, Corbin, 606-261-2008
(owned by farmer Kristin Smith).

BELOW: Southern Skillet Steak is a favorite at the Wrigley Taproom & Eatery of Corbin, Kentucky.
RIGHT: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts are a popular appetizer at "The Wrigley."
BELOW RIGHT: Restaurant owner and farmer Kristin Smith feeds her hogs on her farm at
Williamsburg, Kentucky.

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