The artisan efforts of Col. Newsom's Aged Hams drew the attention of ForbesLife magazine last fall. It was a brief mention, but had great impact -- once again chefs and consumers across the U.S. cleared the racks taking every ham in the smokehouse.
Here is what The EYE had to say about Newsom's Ham in the September 2007 edition of ForbesLife. . .
Can we keep this between ourselves? It turns out that the smoky, deeply flavored ham we've been loving from some or our favorite hostesses and restaurants -- like Artisanal in New York and High Cotton in Charleston -- comes from the same source: Col. Newsom's Aged Hams in Princeton, Kentucky. Introduced in 1917 and now overseen by “The Ham Lady,” Nancy Newsom Mahaffey . . . Newsom's hams are free-range, nitrate-free, cured with brown sugar and salt, smoked over green hickory wood and left to hang for months. Available in September. When they sell out, they are gone 'til next year. $4.89 per lb. (270) 365-2482, www.newsomscountry ham.com.