We had a gentle winter and our eateries (and two mini markets) have done a spectacular job keeping us happy with plentiful local food from November through March and it’s only going to get better as our farmers’ markets prepare to open again in April. Our growing number of farms and the talented farmers in our area have continued to feed us with good eats and knowledge when we tour their farms, eat at a restaurant, and when they participate in events. One festival, Farm Heritage Day, which is the spring celebration of Old-Fashioned Farmers’ Days, gives us a chance experience a day on the farm. Check out the cotton gin, grist mill, cornbread contest, steam cream (homemade ice cream churned by steam power), a blacksmith shop, and more.
Pick-your-own farms, a Green Certified Restaurant, the annual Piedmont Farm Tour, the Pollinator Paradise tours, food and drink tastings and tours, Piedmont Biofarm tours…the events and happenings are ongoing and nonstop for the next several months. Explore our local food scene on your next trip, day or overnight, and check out everything from local burgers to salads to cupcakes.
Just a handful of local food recommendations for you:
Small B&B Café
Bean & Barrel
Natural Chef Café
Courtyard Coffee and Soda Café
Carolina Brewery & Grill
Sweet Oven Bakery
the Inn at Celebrity Dairy
The list is only a start. Combine your food excursion with a tour of our wineries on the Heart of North Carolina Wine Trail and make a weekend of it with a stay in one of our bed & breakfast inns.
And though you haven’t had a chance to experience spring yet, save the date for an unofficial kick-off of summer, May 26. Visit us for the NC Hops & Roots Fest, an annual event now in its second year. Celebrate local farms, food, beer, wine, and music. We’ll add details about menus as we hear from the chefs.
We welcome you, and spring, which is just around the bend.