Category Archives: Mountains

Kudos to our two James Beard finalists!

North Carolina placed two of five chefs vying for Best Southeast chef award from the James Beard Foundation. For the second year in a row, the Triangle’s own Andrea Reusing made the cut with her Asian-tinged locally sourced fare at Lantern in Chapel … Continue reading

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Nice ‘Farm Fresh’ article in Asheville paper today

Very nice article in the Asheville Citizen-Times today about “Farm Fresh” events and the book in general. Mars Hill College student and C-T intern Rachel Connor wrote it, and I was impressed by her level of questions and what ended … Continue reading

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‘Farm Fresh’ bounty in Asheville this weekend!

Come support farms, farmers, and food at “Farm Fresh North Carolina” events in Asheville this weekend, March 11 and 12. (Free food at first and third! Woo-hoo!) If you can’t make these events, I’ll be back in Asheville in June. And … Continue reading

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Read all about it in News & Observer

Nice story today by Elizabeth Shestak in her Morsel column in the Durham News and Chapel Hill News, the local sections of the News & Observer. I haven’t seen the Chapel Hill version, but the Durham one includes this photo of … Continue reading

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‘Farm Fresh’ is coming to Asheville March 11-12

You won’t be surprised to hear that western NC has the book’s highest percentage of listings (430 total in book). I’ll kick off my western tour next weekend with, yes, yet another party! All events are in Asheville: FRIDAY, March … Continue reading

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Tap into fun at southernmost maple-syrup source

One of the very, very few farms in my book that I didn’t visit is Maple Creek Farm outside of Burnsville, which has the country’s southernmost commercial “sugar bush,” the name for a grove of sugar maple trees. (Long story … Continue reading

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Library Journal bestows kind words on ‘Farm Fresh’

I’m excited about my first official “Farm Fresh” book review. Not only is it accurate, it’s complimentary! Thank you, Library Journal! This appeared this week, written by Janet Ross.   “Rev up your transportation and head for the North Carolina countryside—this … Continue reading

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100 wineries, Raffaldini’s birthday, Surry success

While many NC wineries take a break in January, it’s been a busy month for local-wine news. The biggest announcement came from the state: North Carolina is now home to 100 wineries (and even more vineyards)! The 100th is Cauble … Continue reading

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Let’s make Best Dish NC the best ever

A little competition is healthy! So, if you have a favorite restaurant that uses local ingredients, please encourage the owner/chef to enter The Best Dish in North Carolina contest, which this year has expanded by adding regional categories. The contest, run … Continue reading

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Farming his way from Maine to Oregon

“Farming Around the Country: An Organic Odyssey” makes a great gift for the farmer-to-be in your life. The just-published book, written by recent college grad and former high-school teacher Brian J. Bender, chronicles his 11 months of WWOOFing, i.e. doing volunteer … Continue reading

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Sharpen your ax for choose-and-cut Christmas trees

When I visited nearly every choose-and-cut tree farm in the NC mountains two years ago, I headed out on the first Saturday in December. Much to my delight, every other car had a Christmas tree strapped to its roof. That … Continue reading

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Their True Nature is down-home fun

2011 news flash: The fifth annual True Nature Country Fair will be held October 8 at Highland Lake in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The farmers, homebuilders, craftspeople, restaurateurs, social and political activists and alternative health care practitioners of the southern … Continue reading

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Sunswept Farm hosts Rosenstein dinner

Slow Food Asheville just posted some great events, the highlight being the Terra Madre fundraiser at Sunswept Farm in Spring Creek, Madison County, on Sept. 18. Terra Madre is Slow Food International’s big confab in Italy, attended by local Slow … Continue reading

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How much would you pay for a farm-to-fork dinner?

Tomorrow I’m writing about a farm dinner outside of Asheville to be held Saturday night. Cost: $45. A few days ago I stumbled upon info about two other farm dinners in North Carolina this weekend. One is in the Triangle … Continue reading

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Stay, play, and learn on a farm near you

Want to spend a night, a weekend, or longer on a farm? My book will give you more than two dozen options in NC. In the meantime, you can read about five of them in the September issue of Southern … Continue reading

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Fall crops, agritourism star on small screen Sept. 3

This just in from the marketing division of the NC Department of Agriculture. I can’t attest to the quality of the show, because I haven’t previewed it, nor did I see the spring segment, but here’s the skinny: “The second episode … Continue reading

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Eat your yard, or the nearby farm

Two North Carolina women I admire have recently come out with local-foods books I admire. Buy them! (please…) “Eat Your Yard!” by Nan K. Chase is uber-local. It’s about trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers for your yard and your … Continue reading

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Christmas tree trivia: who earns top star?

So which US state do you think grows the most Christmas trees? That would be Oregon. But the red-ribbon winner might surprise you — my home state of North Carolina. Oregon harvests 7.5 million trees to our 5.5 million. Santa … Continue reading

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What in tarnation? It’s Reinbarnation

Wessel and I have been doing a lot of bicycling lately in rural areas of North Carolina. If you’re not from these parts, you’re probably thinking, isn’t that all there is? While if you live in an NC metro area among … Continue reading

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