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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 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
About the Author
Diane Daniel writes about travel, food, the environment, and fascinating folks. She lives in Durham, N.C., and can be reached at bydianedaniel.com.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book 4
Tips for Visiting Farms 8
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
Special Events and Activities 78
Charlotte Area 89
Farm Stands and U-Picks 99
Farmers' Markets 101
Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees 102
Vineyards and Wineries 103
Farm Stands and U-Picks 125
Farmers' Markets 129
Vineyards and Wineries 130
Special Events and Activities 142
Farm Stands and U-Picks 172
Farmers' Markets 176
Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees 179
Vineyards and Wineries 181
Special Events and Activities 195
Coastal Region and Sandhills 205
Farm Stands and U-Picks 214
Farmers' Markets 228
Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees 231
Vineyards and Wineries 232
Special Events and Activities 241
Agriculture 101: Some Farm Terms Defined 249
County-By-County Listings 251
Resources: Where to Go for More Information 269
Giving Thanks 273
What People are Saying About This
Diane has written a wonderful, must-have guide for travel in North Carolina. I can't wait to pack the kids in the car and go!Andrea Reusing, chef-owner of Lantern restaurant, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
This wonderful book is packed with a tremendous amount of information that will be extremely useful to the cultural traveler. Daniel shares her experiences and recommendations in a delightful way, whetting readers' appetites to see, taste, and explore more. This is a great tool for the hungry and curious North Carolina traveler.Greta A. Lint, president, Greta Anita Lint LLC Tourism, Writing, and Consulting Services, based in North Carolina