Back Road Journeys: Meet Barbara Napier of Snug Hollow Farm

By Tricia Wheeler | February 22, 2016

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Artist and owner Barbara Napier runs Snug Hollow Farm as a sanctuary for guests and artists looking to do residencies, business meetings, and farm stays. A quaint Kentucky bed and breakfast nestled within 300-acres of Appalachian forest where one can experience “holler hospitality” at its best, Snug Hollow is home to an organic farm, babbling creeks, meadows filled with wildflowers, wooded mountain sides, and abundant wildlife. Barbara’s land has become a well-known destination but it is her cooking that has garnered her well-deserved attention.

“True garden to table dining” Barbara prepares vegetarian meals using the organic produce grown on the farm and has published a well-received cookbook, Snug Hollow Farm Cookbook. She is known as a “personable cross between Alice Waters and Tasha Tudor.”  Barbara’s Rosemary Braided Bread is "tender, fragrant and beautiful. It is the signature dish of a woman whose vegetarian culinary talents are broad and deep…”  says Linda Stahl, of Edible Louisville. 

Snug Hollow is a sustainable and ecotourism-focused business, and one of the most eco-friendly inns in North America. By preserving the 300-acres of Snug Hollow, Barbara has protected some of the most pristine parts of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  

For more information:

Snug Hollow
790 McSwain Branch
Irvine, KY

backroad journeys

Back Road Journeys on Edible Radio is a series of 13 radio podcasts exploring the rich local food heritage of the Appalachian Region. Appalachia is filled with innovative farmers and food entrepreneurs who are deeply connected to the history and traditions of the land they cultivate and the place they call home. 

Use or search for Bon Appetit Appalachia to discover more local food destinations across Appalachia. 

Tune into Edible Radio each month for a new podcast with a new guest from the region to learn and be inspired by their journey creating a successful, original food and farming business in the heart of America. Hosted by Tricia Wheeler, Publisher of Edible Columbus and owner of The Seasoned Farmhouse Cooking SchoolBackroad Journeys offers authentic and delicious stories for the soul.


Music for Backroad Journey's - "BuckDancer's Choice" by Wayne Henderson