A farm is more than a tract of land that is used for agriculture purposes. A farm is the genesis of all things healthy and good. Vegetables, fruits, flora, legumes, bees, chickens, pigs, cows, goats or any other types of livestock all have their humble beginnings on a farm.
Many of the farms featured in Love of Food Magazine are located in or around North Carolina. The business of farming is a driving force in the state according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture it is the leading industry in the state. There are 52,000 active farms occupying 8.5 million acres of land.
Visiting a farm can be fun for everyone, not only will you learn about animals and livestock. You will see firsthand how your food is grown and processed.
Often times you can purchase the freshest ingredients for your meals directly from the local farmers. These farms rely upon the consumer for their livelihood. When you purchase from a local farm you are directly supporting the farmer, the local small business community and the local economy. You have a direct impact.
Making a pilgrimage to visit the farms throughout the year is a great way to take day trips or long weekend journeys. For example, did you know that North Carolina has a Cheese Trail complete with a map that you can follow to taste all the amazing local cheeses? Many of these locations are in and around the Raleigh area. You can locate the map here.
If you want a more urban experience, with less mud, aromas, and insects you can still find many of the NC farms at the State and local farmer’s markets. They bring in their trucks loaded up with fresh seasonal produce and sell canned jams, pickles, and freshly baked goods.