Seasonal Businesses Thrive in Western North Carolina: The Land of Four Seasons

Much like this writer, when storm clouds climb up and over the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they lose a lot of their steam. One of the great benefits of our mountains is the steadiness of our weather patterns. Yes, the unique topography in Western North Carolina does create the risk for occasional floods. […]

Fresh from the Farm: WNC Chefs Emphasize Local Ingredients

With the recent boom in demand for organic produce, meat, and farm-to-table restaurants, Western North Carolina has become a hotbed for independent, natural food products. Between handcrafted beer using local ingredients, fresh meat from grass-fed cattle, fine wines, fruits, and vegetables, the possibilities are as endless as they are available. Here’s a quick introduction to […]

3 Charming Things You Should Know about Agrihoods in Asheville

Instead of organizing around a golf course or tennis court, a new suburban community is centering itself around green space, healthy living, and community agriculture. It calls itself an agrihood. It may be the first time you’re hearing this term, but we guarantee it won’t be the last. Agrihoods are growing quickly in popularity and […]

Explore the Farm-to-Table Movement in Asheville and Hendersonville, NC

Even though we live here, we have to admit we are continuously amazed at the abundant resources found here, and especially how great the people are. To highlight both, we explored the exciting farm-to-table movement in our region. From Posana Cafe in downtown Asheville to a farmers market and a farm in Henderson County, we […]

Cheese the Day on the WNC Cheese Trail!

Travel outside the cities of Western North Carolina and you’ll find picturesque, rural areas that are home to many small farms. More than a dozen locally owned farms and shops make up the WNC Cheese Trail. Their dedication to local cheesemaking preserves the authentic rural lifestyle that draws so many to the area. Here, local […]

Neo Burrito has Sustainability Practices All Wrapped Up

It’s about sustainability, delicious sustainability. “Food is what brings people together. It should always be celebrated and made special through delicious food and impeccable customer service. I want customers to not only feel at home in a pleasant atmosphere, but also know that they are contributing to the betterment of the environment,” said Walter Godfrey. […]

What is Urban Homesteading and What am I Allowed to do in Asheville?

What was once a quintessential Western North Carolina lifestyle out of necessity is now a modern lifestyle out of choice. The growing homesteading community is shunning thoughtless consumerism and resource use for a new—or, rather, old—tradition: one of self-sufficiency and measured land use. Even if you’re not a capital-H “homesteader,” you may be practicing one […]