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Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More [NOOK Book]

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In the first statewide guidebook of its kind, Farm Fresh North Carolina takes readers on a lively tour of more than 425 farms, produce stands, farmers' markets, wineries, children-friendly pumpkin patches and corn mazes, pick-your-own orchards, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, agricultural festivals, and more, all open to the public and personally vetted by travel writer Diane Daniel.

Daniel's animated, knowledgeable recommendations will give...
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Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More

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Overview

In the first statewide guidebook of its kind, Farm Fresh North Carolina takes readers on a lively tour of more than 425 farms, produce stands, farmers' markets, wineries, children-friendly pumpkin patches and corn mazes, pick-your-own orchards, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, agricultural festivals, and more, all open to the public and personally vetted by travel writer Diane Daniel.

Daniel's animated, knowledgeable recommendations will give food lovers, families, locals, and travelers the inspiration and resources they need to cut a fresh Christmas tree, pick a peck of apples, take a fall hay ride, sample wine from locally harvested grapes, or spend the night on a working farm. Sidebars offer information about the state's agricultural history, politics, and eccentricities, while twenty recipes gathered from North Carolina farmers, innkeepers, and chefs provide delicious ways to use the day's pickings. Emphasizing farms and establishments that are independent, sustainable, and active in public education and conservation, this delightful guidebook will help North Carolinians and visitors discover how the burgeoning farm movement has become a bridge between North Carolina's past and present.

The publication of this book was supported by a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press
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Editorial Reviews

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The first response a non-Carolinian will have to this guide is likely to be something like, "I only wish that there would be a book like this for my home state." There is justification for that envy: This 300+-page paperback contains essential information about North Carolina's farms, farmer's markets, apple orchards, and all the other homegrown destinations mentioned in its mouthful subtitle. If you ever wanted to take a hayride, attend an agricultural festival, or sample wine from a local vineyard, Farm Fresh North Carolina should be your next stop. Delightfully diverse.

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A go-to guide for local farms and related topics.--Durham Herald-Sun

This is one comprehensive and persuasive guide. . . . Daniel paints a charming picture of the attractions of rural life that should motivate even the most dedicated couch potato. . . . A delightful, informative read.--Library Journal

Library Journal
Rev up your transportation and head for the North Carolina countryside—this is one comprehensive and persuasive guide. Local travel writer Daniel paints a charming picture of the attractions of rural life that should motivate even the most dedicated couch potato. Were you aware that poet Carl Sandburg's home in Henderson County includes a park and a farm you can visit? Interested in picking your own okra? If you've always wanted a powder puff made from sheep's wool, you can get one at the Good Stuff market in Madison County. You'll find details for all these activities and more among the locations Daniel has visited and evaluated, organized here by county and into five regions that range from apple country in the mountains to the sandy soil of the Coastal Region and Sandhills. The guide also includes a glossary, information sources, recipes, and an alphabetical list of county-by-county offerings. VERDICT Although the limited focus of this exceptionally good guide won't make it an essential purchase for many public libraries, it is a delightful, informative read.—Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807877821
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/7/2011
  • Series: Southern Gateways Guides
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Diane Daniel writes about travel, food, the environment, and fascinating folks. She lives in Durham, N.C., and can be reached at farmfreshnorthcarolina.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

How to Use This Book 4

Tips for Visiting Farms 8

Mountains 11

Farms 11

Farm Stands and U-Picks 30

Apple Orchards, Apple Stands, and U-Picks 38

Farmers' Markets 42

Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees 46

Vineyards and Wineries 54

Stores 56

Dining 61

Lodging 71

Special Events and Activities 78

Recipes 83

Charlotte Area 89

Farms 89

Farm Stands and U-Picks 99

Farmers' Markets 101

Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees 102

Vineyards and Wineries 103

Stores 106

Dining 107

Recipes 111

Triad 117

Farms 117

Farm Stands and U-Picks 125

Farmers' Markets 129

Vineyards and Wineries 130

Stores 139

Dining 139

Special Events and Activities 142

Recipes 145

Triangle 149

Farms 149

Farm Stands and U-Picks 172

Farmers' Markets 176

Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees 179

Vineyards and Wineries 181

Stores 182

Dining 185

Lodging 195

Special Events and Activities 195

Recipes 199

Coastal Region and Sandhills 205

Farms 205

Farm Stands and U-Picks 214

Farmers' Markets 228

Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees 231

Vineyards and Wineries 232

Stores 234

Dining 236

Lodging 240

Special Events and Activities 241

Recipes 244

Agriculture 101: Some Farm Terms Defined 249

County-By-County Listings 251

Resources: Where to Go for More Information 269

Giving Thanks 273

Index 277

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