A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Shop - Go Local At The Apex Farmers Market Fresh veggies in the middle of winter? You bet. In downtown Apex, a group of about 20 vendors offers local produce

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Shop - Go Local At The Apex Farmers Market Fresh veggies in the middle of winter? You bet. In downtown Apex, a group of about 20 vendors offers local produce

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Shop - Go Local At The Apex Farmers Market Fresh veggies in the middle of winter? You bet. In downtown Apex, a group of about 20 vendors offers local produce

3 Things to Add to Your January To-Do List

Shop – Go Local At The Apex Farmers Market

Fresh veggies in the middle of winter? You bet. In downtown Apex, a group of about 20 vendors offers local produce year-round. In January, customers can find organic tomatoes, mushrooms, bok choy, radishes, lettuces, and other tasty greens that have been grown in nearby hoop-style greenhouses or through hydroponic farming. Besides produce, shoppers can purchase a spread of baked goods from Great Harvest Bread Company, sustainably sourced chicken and pork, and fresh seafood from Apex Seafood Market. There are also jams and jellies, kombucha, and, on the last Saturday of each month, $10 meals prepared with market ingredients by local chef Ana Tapioca.

Since April, the Apex market, a nonprofit organization, has operated as a drive-through. Customers can order items by noon on Thursday for a Saturday morning pickup. The market had to evolve quite a bit last year, says Alexis Jenssen, an operations manager, but it’s still a small, close-knit community of vendors: “The shoppers and people that come every single week know their farmers, and they know where their food is coming from.”

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Hikers can access Grandfather Mountain State Park from one of two trailheads: Profile Trail or Daniel Boone Scout Trail. photograph by Douglas Hurdle/douglashurdle.com

Hike – North Carolina’s State Parks

A new year often means a renewed desire to be active. Luckily, our state offers plenty of opportunities to get moving in nature: From Gorges State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks, there are 41 beautiful places in the North Carolina State Park system. Make a day trip to a park near you or a New Year’s resolution to hike them all! (Use this checklist to visit all 41.)

Hoppin’ John, Our State-style. photograph by Matt Hulsman

Cook – Hoppin’ John for a Lucky New Year

A savory mixture of black-eyed peas, rice, and pork has graced Southern tables on New Year’s Day since the mid-19th century. There are many theories as to how this dish, which originated in West Africa, earned its name and its reputation for bestowing good luck on whoever indulged in a bowlful. We just know it’s mighty good. Here’s our recipe.

This story was published on Dec 14, 2020

Chloe Klingstedt

Chloe Klingstedt

Chloe Klingstedt is an assistant editor at Our State magazine, a Texan by birth, and a North Carolinian at heart.