Turtle Run Farm and the"use-yer-foot" sink

The "use-yer-foot" portable hadwash station is now available from Turtle Run. Cost: $179+ 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. 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. Rental units are no longer available from Turtle Run

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.

The new model "use-yer-foot" portable sink set up with our farm dog Zoe standing guard

Turtle Run Farm: 5776 Rumley Rd. Graham NC 27253 (park at the corner of Rumley Road and Petty Road)

phone: (919)area 360-8719 email: write 3 word name of farm no spaces @gmail.com

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:


Swiss Chard

Sugar Snap Peas







Sweet Bell Peppers

Hot Chili Peppers

Seedless Watermelons


Sweet Potatoes





Bedding Plants

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 a weekly box of produce with our CSA program.

Turtle Run is the winner of the "2017 Farmer of the Year Award" from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Our daughters, Clare and Erin, working on the basil plants

Clare demonstrating the finer points of handwashing using an older model