Life in the Great Smokies in the 19th century and during the pre-Park days of the 20th century might justifiably be described as arduous, hardscrabble, marginal, or demanding. Read more



South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism photo

What’s sweet, drips with juice, has a creamy texture somewhat like a mango, is harder than a banana but softer than an apple, and is “like kissing your Gramma’s cheek”? Read more


Rooted in History

John Wear photo

In the remote community of Boogertown, a narrow gravel road threads its way to the end of Wilson Hollow and a farm cradled in seclusion a few miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Read more


The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

Jamie Hargis photo

There’s something deeply resonant about the continuity of family farms, working the same land backward and forward in time. The heritage is particularly rich when the crops grow on trees. Read more


Cold winters mean good business at Waterfall Farm, where a simple venture tapping “a few maple trees close to the house” in 2006 has evolved into one of the few commercial maple syrup operations in the region. Read more


The tumbling waters of Wolf Creek have flowed down from Neel’s Gap for a century since September 14, 1917, when acclaimed poet Byron Herbert Reece was born in a one-room hand-hewn log cabin. Read more


Dairy Legacy

Jon Ostendorff photo

Behind the tractor and gumboots and Tennessee accent, John Harrison has the restless curiosity of a cutting-edge innovator. Read more



Beth Patton photo

Whether he’s scavenging the countryside in search of honeysuckle and dandelion, scouring mom-and-pop farms for fennel and carrots, or tracking down local honey and sorghum cane juice, Todd Boera is on the cutting edge of the farm-to-mug movement. Read more


Miss Angel's sonker

Courtesy of Surry County Tourism

Chefs, brewers, distillers, bakers, farmers, and country cooks are preserving traditions and redefining the flavor of Southern Appalachia, from A to Z. Read more

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Pick of the crop

Bruce Ingram photo

Solar panels and windmills, chickens and berry patches—there’s plenty to look at on Big Horse Creek Farm in the highlands of Ashe County, North Carolina. But perhaps nothing is more striking than the rows of apple trees. Read more


Two of North Carolina’s leading local food and farmer advocacy organizations have partnered for Connect2Direct, a major new initiative to increase farmer direct sales and expand local food access. Read more


Before “buy local” or “grow your own,” gardens at the home place were a necessary way of life. Folks bent over the earth as beads of sweat dripped from their brow into the dirt. They walked the garden rows, fretting about the harvest. Read more


General excellence

Paul Clark photo

Located where the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains pinch Virginia to its narrowest point, Meadowview once was an agricultural center. The railroad’s arrival in 1856 opened the remote part of the state to commerce. Read more


Trosly Farms

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Trosly Farm owners Kaci and Amos Nidiffer grew up with farming in their families. Shortly after Kaci and Amos married in 2007, the couple purchased a relatively small parcel of land and old farmhouse that has become Trosly Farm. Read more


The golden leaf

Colby Dunn photo

In the sliver of time that lines the far edge of summer, burley tobacco is tinged with a thin, spreading ring of gold. Baking under the summer sun, it gives off a surprisingly gamey aroma, reminiscent of natural fertilizer or unwashed mushrooms. Read more


Birke Baehr

Rebecca L. Neely photo

Birke Baehr has become famous in this past year, but on a Tuesday afternoon you might find him at a modest farmer’s market held in a church parking lot banked by tall lush woods in a residential area of Knoxville. Read more


There. Could that be the one? Robust, evenly distributed branches—but a little too portly. “Like a little fat man,” the boy, about 11 or 12, thought to himself. That won’t work. Breathing through his checkered scarf, he hoofed it over to another. Read more

Asheville Farmers Market

Jon D. Bowman photo

You throw on your comfy shoes, a touch of sunscreen, and a big hat and grab a canvas bag. It’s Saturday morning and the tailgate markets are open for business. Read more



Jon Bowman photo

In the past, one of the solutions for farmers who needed to process quantities of a food product was to build a community kitchen. Later, community canneries were built at a central location for whatever produce was in season. Read more