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3 Free Farm Stand Tours Guaranteed to be Fun for Foodies of All Ages [Interactive Maps]

An abundance of local food and artisan goods is one of the many reasons why people choose to live in our slice of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A long growing season and mild winters provide bountiful harvests of produce, dairy, and other farm products for people across Western North Carolina.

Our farmers are our neighbors, and they are our friends. Knowing exactly where local produce, meat, eggs, and cheese come from is a luxury we try not to take for granted. The Asheville area alone supports 17 local tailgate markets full of food, plant, and artisan goods vendors. In addition, locals can grab products on their way home from one of the area’s many popular roadside farm stands. Located on or near the farms whose produce they offer, farm stands are small setups selling food at the peak of freshness.

Visiting a few of our local farms is a fun way way to gain an appreciation for how lucky we are to live here. Their bucolic locations make them ideal to visit on a sunny afternoon by car or by bike. But with more than 94 different roadside stands, where do you start?

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) recommends planning your farm tour before you begin. Choose three to four farms per day if you plan to tour them during your visit, and allow for at least an hour at each.

With the plentiful number of farms in Western North Carolina, it is easy to theme your trip. Travel along the WNC Cheese Trail. Support your native pollinators by buying local honey. Visit “U-Pick” farms, where you can pluck your produce directly from the earth (or vine, or branch).

Here’s a list of our favorite stands grouped into these three themes to help you plan your trip.


3 Free Farm Stand Tours Guaranteed to be Fun for Foodies of All Ages

Cheese Farms with Roadside Stands:

Spend an afternoon soaking in the beauty of WNC and sampling some of the best handmade cheese being made in the South. The WNC Cheese Trail allows you to connect directly with cheesemakers, see where your favorite cheeses are crafted, and buy straight from the producers. These award-winning cheesemakers produce a wide variety of both goat milk and cow milk cheeses:

  • Cane Creek Creamery – 8 Cheesehouse Road, Fletcher
  • Ducketts Produce and Farms – 6160 Carolina Boulevard, Canton
  • Randall Cove Farm – 96 Randall Cove Road, Leicester
  • Spinning Spider Creamery – 4717 East Fork Road, Marshall

The cheesemaking community in WNC is vibrant and growing—come see for yourself. Watch these short videos about the WNC Cheese Trail. Then, map your route to the farm stands listed above.

View all local road stands that offer local cheese.

 

Roadside Stands that Sell Honey:

Asheville has long been known as Beer City USA, but did you know we’re also Bee City USA? In 2012, Asheville became the first to accept the title and responsibility of being an official Bee City, launching a national movement. This commitment to creating more sustainable habitats for bees and other pollinators is echoed throughout WNC. From rural beekeepers to urban gardeners, our community values its local environment and is working hard toward protecting it. These pollinator-friendly farm stands offer a variety of sustainable local honeys alongside their standard produce and meats:

  • Wild Mountain Bees – 23 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm – 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview
  • Piney Mountain Orchards Gourmet Foods & Produce – 3290 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville
  • Queens Produce and Berry Farm – 858 Davidson River Road, Pisgah Forest

Bees are just one of WNC’s local pollinators. Watch these short videos about the facets of Bee City USA. Then, map your route to the farm stands listed above.

View all local road stands that offer local honey.

Roadside Stands at “U-Pick” Farms:

Did you know that Henderson County grows 85% of all the apples grown in North Carolina? The number of apples produced is so massive, “if a normal crop grown in the county were laid two abreast, they would reach from Hendersonville to Tokyo and return.” And yet, apples are only one of many cash crops grown across the region. During peak season, many local farms allow you to come and pick your own produce at the height of flavor and freshness. These “U-Pick” farms, as they call themselves, offer a wide variety of apples, berries, and more:

  • Zimmerman’s Berry Farm – 2260 Revere Road, Marshall
  • Franny’s Farm – 22 Franny’s Farm Road, Leicester
  • Randall Cove Farm – 96 Randall Cove Road, Leicester
  • Pigeon Valley Farms – Queentown Road, Canton

Learn more about where local produce like Henderson County’s apples goes. Watch this short video about local hard ciders. Then, map your route to the farm stands listed above.

View all local road stands that offer “U-Pick” opportunities.

Learn More about Local Farms from Your Beverly-Hanks REALTORⓇ

At Beverly-Hanks, we appreciate the work our local farmers do every year to provide sustenance for ourselves and our communities. We encourage you to patronize local farms, road stands, and farmers markets to help sustain one of our region’s valuable industries.

If you are not sure which local farmers markets are the best for your needs, our Beverly-Hanks agents are here to help. Check out these agent suggestions for the best farmers markets across the region.

 

All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about local farms, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent about buying homes and land in proximity to local farms around Western North Carolina.

 

 

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