The May 2018 Issue

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Back in the Day: Talk of the Town

by Bailey Sherrill

Nicknamed Saluda’s “information central,” Thompson’s Store was the place to go to be in the know.

May 2018 Welcome Letter: Things You Find When You Aren’t Looking

by Elizabeth Hudson

An unexpected gift conjures up memories of happy, bygone days, as well as excitement for the future.

Our State Quiz: Farm Favorites

by Alan Hodge

From apples in the west to sweet potatoes in the east — plus everything in between — North Carolina grows some of the country’s finest crops. Test your North Carolina produce knowledge.


This is North Carolina

We Live Here

Downtown: Waynesville

by Our State Staff

This Haywood County town is known as the gateway to the Smokies, but it holds much more than just spectacular mountain views.

Flying Cloud Farm in Fairview

by Bryan Mims

On a charming pick-your-own flower farm in Buncombe County, the land blooms with beauty and family history.

The Churro Effect in Durham

by Katie Schanze

At Cocoa Cinnamon, a community unites over coffee, culture, and comfort food.

For the Love of Leather

by Emma Laperruque

In her great-grandfather’s former dyehouse, Blythe Leonard is creating one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories, stitch by stitch.

Toad & Wee: Another World

by Drew Perry

For beachgoers big and small, a trip to Jockey’s Ridge — the largest natural sand dune system on the East Coast — is like visiting a different planet.

A Lifetime of Learning in Red Springs

by Caroline Kelly

Highlander Academy’s beloved caretaker tends more than just buildings and gardens. Now, the community he’s been part of for 50 years is giving back.


Recipes: Mint

by Lynn Wells

Robinson Ferry in Warrenton

by Emma Laperruque

More than a restaurant, Robinson Ferry holds the heart and soul of its town.


Ramblin’ Man: The Value of a Dollar

by T. Edward Nickens

Lessons learned while working the cash register at Sutton’s Drug Store in Chapel Hill went beyond just making change.

Land of Blue Smoke

by Philip Gerard

With the creation of the Qualla Boundary comes conflict — between two men determined to lead the Eastern band of Cherokee and within the tribe itself.

Where the Grass is Greener

by Katie Saintsing

Seasoned golfers know that a visit to Pinehurst isn’t just about tee time at the legendary resort. The surrounding village offers rich history, charming shops, and fine flavors to fill a weekend on — and off — the greens.

Beauty, Drama & Change

The Lines That Shape Us

by Jeremy Markovich

To live in North Carolina is to live within our borders, but those boundaries are more than just lines on a map.

Market Season

Country Comes Home

Ronnie’s Got the Goods

by Sheri Castle

Everything at Ronnie’s Country Store in Winston-Salem takes you back and fills you up. On that, even our poets and politicians can agree.

One Melon at a Time

by Marshéle Carter

Summers spent shucking corn and bagging cantaloupes at a produce market in Kannapolis left their mark in memory and wisdom.

The Queen of Spruce Pine

by Kathleen Purvis

This enterprising young woman with strong convictions has created a down-home market marvel through her farm and food.


Carolina Calendar: May 2018

by Our State Staff

It doesn’t matter if you’re strolling through a farmers market or an arts festival, searching for ripe strawberries or rustic decor — this month, you’ll find plenty to fill your bag.

NC Primer: Slaw Showdown

by Susan Stafford Kelly