A reader’s gift and a father’s lesson foster an undying love of kitchen gadgets — and BLTs.
We Live Here
by Katie King
A posh downtown and abundant natural beauty offer plenty of ways to relax and reset in this quiet mountain retreat.
What do you do when your husband surprises you with 500 peach trees? Sell peaches, of course.
In Charlotte’s busy South End, The Suffolk Punch is a depot for the modern age.
by Megan Smith
When Wilmington residents have antiques or valuables to sell, they entrust them to this upscale consignment shop and its adorable “Ambassador of Love.”
by Lynn Wells
Long walks in the woods, roasted marshmallows, nights spent under the stars. Memories of camping trips have us longing for the flavors of the great outdoors.
by Andrea Weigl
A friendship entwined with tomatoes continues to bloom and grow, even in unexpected gardens.
by Andrea Weigl
Tomato guru Craig LeHoullier’s first book, Epic Tomatoes, celebrates some 250 varieties of our favorite summer garden staple. His decades of devotion to heirloom seeds have paid off — for all of us. Come BLT season, farmers markets throughout the state are bursting with tomatoes of every hue and shape. But don’t miss these six picks.
by Sheri Castle
Slice ’em! Stack ’em! Eat ’em like an apple! North Carolina’s quintessential tomato is the pick of the season.
At the Woodleaf Tomato Festival in Rowan County, people with ties to tomato country return home to celebrate a crop — and a tight-knit community.
Dancing tomatoes, parades and pageants, tomato beer and tomato ice cream: When the summer sun is shining, fans of this juicy, red fruit gather to share smiles and laughs at events across the state.
Call it a pudding if you like, but it’s more like a cobbler. Though neither word quite describes the sweet-and-savory tomato recipe that has long been a local specialty.
by Drew Perry
When a rat wreaks havoc in the veggie patch, eliminating the pest takes an unexpected toll on a sharpshooting gardener.
Lake Norman is the big one. Our “inland sea.” The anchor for a region. Its 520-mile shoreline is a thread that knits together the surrounding communities — so much so that many visitors think of the area as a whole, one town flowing into the next. But we can see what makes each one special.
A marriage proposal in a sprawling meadow. Mating warblers in the brush. Orphaned boots on the Appalachian Trail. We are drawn to the majesty of Max Patch — a gorgeous bald in Madison County, 4,600 feet above sea level, where forest ends and 350 acres of open land begin — to gather life-changing memories.
The state’s first educational TV station delivers wisdom over the airwaves, from the classroom to viewers’ living rooms.
From bluegrass conventions to Independence Day celebrations, your curated monthly guide to events across North Carolina.