Pizzas with pizzazz: Piemonte Farm is a meeting place for the community

Homemade pizza always attracts an appreciative crowd at Piemonte Farm in Greensboro. / Anna Katherine Carey, Special to the Times-News

   By Jordan Carey
Times-News correspondent 

   At the Piemonte Farm in Greensboro, homemade pizza always attracts an appreciative crowd. Every third Sunday from April through October, the Sarlinga family holds their Third Sunday Pizza Club.
After moving here from Argentina, the Sarlingas began to farm their land, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Greensboro. The farmhouse they live in was built in 1882.
“Our farm wasn’t abandoned,” said Sandra Sarlinga, “it just wasn’t in use.”
Over the years, the Sarlingas have added chickens, sheep and goats to the farm.
They began the Pizza Club in 2015, after starting to make cheese in 2013. On every Pizza Sunday, Fabian Sarlinga cooks the pizzas in an outdoor oven for all the guests. The types of pizzas made for the Pizza Sundays vary depending on the time of year, but they always use their homemade cheeses and dough, along with their homegrown herbs.            Favorite toppings include homegrown tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, bacon, caramelized onions (made with the Sarlingas‘ jellies) and fresh, sliced peaches.

Besides making pizza and artisan cheeses, the farm also grows lavender, which is used in their jellies, jams and sachets. The homemade cheeses are cured in a small cheese cave, right next door to the farm house. Their cozy farm store is always open on Pizza Night, where Sandra says they sell “a little bit of everything,” such as candles, soaps, butter and, of course, cheese.
Pizza Night at the farm appeals to those of all ages. Young Javier Gonzalez said his favorite part about the Pizza Sunday was, of course, “the pizza.” He and his family found out about Piemonte Farm from reading about the North Carolina Cheese Trail.
“It’s so peaceful and beautiful, and the pizza is delicious,” said Laura Gonzalez, Javier’s mother.
Because it is so close to a busy highway, most of the land in the front of Piemonte Farm is being used for commercial use. By running the farm, the Sarlingas use the land for what it was intended, as well as a meeting place for people in the community. The Pizza Sunday is a way to gather together with other people and just relax under the oaks, while listening to the nearby chickens and sheep. Families can also play corn hole, croquet or checkers while the pizzas are cooking.
“The pizza is a way to thank the community,” said Sandra.
To join the Third Sunday Pizza Club, visit the website, www.piemontefarm.com/contact/ and subscribe to their mailing list. You also can contact the Salingas at Piemonte Farm by calling 336-584-5952.

Jordan Carey is a ninth-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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