These working farms produce fruits, vegetables, herbs, and livestock — and set the stage for unforgettable life celebrations. This month, we trade the ballroom for the barn with nine inspiring places for a party.
A Guide to Downtown Hendersonville
This western North Carolina city offers fine dining, shops, and galleries — plus a vibrant history — in a cozy mountain setting.
Waves of Memory in Asheville
Remembering Walton Street Park and Pool, a once-iconic institution of the city’s Black community.
The 1980s: The Challenger Seven
One of the worst accidents of the American space program shapes a generation: In 1986, the nation mourns the heroes aboard the space shuttle Challenger, including two astronauts with deep ties to North Carolina.
Sowing Second Chances
For formerly incarcerated women, a farm in Alamance County imparts knowledge and skills, nurtures their physical and spiritual health, and supports them as they rebuild their lives.
Hemp Comes Home
Absent from North Carolina’s landscape for 80 years, the plant with a hundred uses finds its way back to the fields.
North Carolina’s Rice Revival
Eastern North Carolina was once home to thousands of acres of Carolina Gold rice. And then, about a century ago, those rice fields disappeared. In Pamlico County, this heirloom crop is back — and coming to menus across the state.
Rewriting the Story of Cotton
On a sprawling farm in rural Northampton County, a young Black farmer-entrepreneur is teaching people the value of an ancient agricultural tradition with deep, dark roots.
A Delicious Adventure at Uwharrie Mercantile
Hikers exploring Uwharrie National Forest fuel up on homey dishes at a nearby café with a rich history.