About High Country Grown
High Country Grown is a marketing initiative to mature the High Country’s local food system. This initiative was made possible by a NCDA grant received early in 2011 by project partners and has been further funded by a Blue Ridge Seeds of Change grant.
The High Country has a strong agriculture base. Farmers are transitioning from tobacco to other crops including fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats. Creating more demand by educating consumers about High Country-grown produce will increase the economic stability and sustainability of these farming operations.
CSA’s offer opportunities for people to buy a “share” of the upcoming seasons crops to help farmers cover the cost of seed and equipment needed up front.
The Farms listed on this page vary in what they grow from ornamentals to produce to meats. Some farmer's have produce stands on site or are willing to selldirectly to the consumer.
These restaurants realize the value of purchasing local food from farmer’s in order to serve the freshest ingredients to their customers
Farmer’s Markets provide the opportunity for folks to talk directly with the farmer that grew the food and to ask questions about how the food was raised and produced.
Local food can also be found at area produce stands and select grocery stores.
Community Gardens offer opportunities to farm or garden with a group of people, or to garden in designated plots if folks don't have their own space at home to grow fruits & vegetables.