Turtle Run Farm and the"use-yer-foot" sink
The "use-yer-foot" portable sink is available from Turtle Run. Cost: $149+ shipping. This lightweight folding and user friendly sink provides fresh running water for handwashing or dishwashing in places without conventional plumbing. Pictured here is our new model which features a removable easy to clean drain tub, durable bright colored "foot-pedals" and a 10 gallon capacity. Rentals are also available at $15 per day. NC residents add State sales tax. The folded size of the use-yer-foot is approx 36" high x 26" wide x 5" deep so freight cost is reasonable. Accessories are also available: Drain kit and hose to hook up to sanitary drain $20, Mounted soap dispenser $20. Each unit is covered by a one year full parts replacement guarantee.
The history of the use-yer-foot starts in North Carolina in 1987 when thousands of folks gathered for a week long outdoor festival with music and good times. An outbreak of intestinal sickness spread through the crowd from a lack of adequate handwashing facilities. We fastened a foot pedal to a jug of water tied to a tree and created a hands-free sanitary station. A second soapy jug was added and soon a line of thankful folks formed to wash their hands at the "use-yer-foot" which became the name of, and the instruction on how to operate the device. Many festivals, picnics, outdoor weddings, scout camps, and school field trips later we had perfected a kid friendly and durable but easy to transport and operate device.
Kathleen and Mia using an older model at Spences Farm in Chapel Hill
Turtle Run is a small family vegetable farm in the historic village of Saxapahaw NC near Chapel Hill. In business since 1996, we grow produce without the aid of sprays, pesticides, herbicides or other harmful chemicals. Our own delicious tomato variety that we call "Little Cherokee" is a purple plum type and has won first place in the tomato tasting contest at the Carrboro Farmers' Market in 2005 and 2007. It is a cross between the old heirloom "Cherokee Purple" and another line of our open pollinated tomatoes "Erin's Gold". Our other crops to look for this year:
Sugar Snap Peas
Sweet Bell Peppers
Hot Chili Peppers
All our products are available at the Carrboro Farmers' Market. For market hours click here. We also sell direct from the farm or sign up for weekly vegetables with our CSA program.
Our daughters, Clare and Erin, working on the basil plants
Clare demonstrating the finer points of handwashing