Travel writer Diane Daniel provides a thorough guide to North Carolina’s family farms, produce stands, farmers markets, wineries, and orchards. Daniel visited most of the more than 425 farms and related businesses, and recommends that you do the same. Organized by geographic region, each section begins with a map followed by Daniel’s descriptions of working farms, choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. Farm Fresh North Carolina includes recipes from restaurants and farm owners, so you can make the most of the produce you bring home.

The University of North Carolina Press. 2011, 304 pages, paperback, $18.95.

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