Made in NC: Sunburst Trout Farms


Sunburst Trout Farms

What happens when a student at the Yale School of Engineering drops out? He becomes a Haywood County trout farmer, of course.

Sunburst Trout Farms began in 1948 under Dick Jennings and has grown to become the second-largest trout supplier in North Carolina. Dick’s grandsons Wes and Ben now run the farm, raising trout in the pristine waters of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area in the Pisgah National Forest. The fish are brought over to the processing center in Waynesville up to three times each week. Each morning, the team arrives early to ensure the highest-quality product for their customers.

Today, the farm has a 12,000-square-foot facility that is home to the Sunburst Market storefront and processing site. They sell whole trout served at destinations across the nation, including the renowned Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Inn. They also offer rainbow trout caviar, smoked trout dip and their original trout jerky. To learn more or buy their products, visit or call (800) 673-3051.


  1. bonnie miller

    March 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    would love to visit.going to plan a trip

  2. Perry Faulkner III

    March 10, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Sounds like a great place and quality fish!

  3. bn100

    March 12, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    to try it

  4. judielaine

    March 13, 2018 at 9:58 am

    On my gift giving list — Mother’s day giftbasket for my 101 year old grandmother! Yule gifts for others. I’ve had salmon jerky in the Pacific North West and loved it. Can’t wait to try some of the trout jerky!

  5. Wendy

    March 13, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Trout jerky is a great alternative to beef. Looking forward to trying this!

  6. Kay Maningas

    March 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Would love to plan a visit.

  7. Lorraine F

    March 19, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I would like to win because I love trout (and other fish), and I have never tried fish jerky before. I find that very intriguing, and it sounds tasty, too!

  8. Joan Kubes

    March 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve never tried trout jerky but it looks great! It reminds me of smoked salmon or the fabulous smoked carp my mom used to make.

  9. Joan Kubes

    March 22, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I’d really love to try out this trout jerky!

  10. Joan Kubes

    March 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I’m sure I would love this, I want to share with my family and friends to see if they liked it too.

  11. Joan Kubes

    March 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I like that the products have no antibiotics!

  12. Joan Kubes

    March 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I would also like to try the Hickory Smoked trout.

  13. Joan Kubes

    March 26, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I’d really love to win and try this jerky!

  14. Joan Kubes

    March 30, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I’d like to try their caviar too!

  15. Joan Kubes

    March 31, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I’d love to win this and try the jerky and also want to try the smoked trout dip!

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