Farm Fresh North Carolina

The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More

By Diane Daniel

296 pp., 6 x 9, 25 illus., 6 maps, 34 side bars, glossary, appends., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7182-9
    Published: March 2011
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7782-1
    Published: March 2011

Southern Gateways Guides

Buy this Book

To purchase online via an independent bookstore, visit
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
For more information about Diane Daniel, visit the Author Page.


"This is one comprehensive and persuasive guide. . . . Daniel paints a charming picture of the attractions of rural life that should motivate even the most dedicated couch potato. . . . A delightful, informative read."--Library Journal

"The perfect reference for planning day trips throughout the state this summer or for figuring out how to break up a long car ride, especially if you have children to entertain."--Raleigh News & Observer

"[Farm Fresh North Carolina] is indispensable not only to us who live in the Tar Heel State but also to the millions who visit each year. . . .[it] belongs in every house and every car. . . . I can't wait to hit the road."--Jean Anderson Cooks blog

"Includes more than 425 entries that showcase various produce stands, farmers' markets, wineries, children-friendly pumpkin patches and corn mazes, pick-your-own orchards, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and agricultural festivals. The book also includes 20 original recipes from across the state."--Asheville Citizen-Times

"If you want an easy by-county and by-region resource for locally grown, fresh food, this is your guidebook. Maps, photographs, and an exhaustive list bring to life the state's burgeoning farm movement."--Winston-Salem Monthly

“A gastrotourist’s dream. . . .Whether seeking a short day trip or planning a longer vacation that may include children, food lovers of all ages.”--Moreton Neal, MetroMag

Multimedia & Links

Visit the author's website

Visit the book blog