3 Ways to Celebrate a Mountain Harvest

3 Ways to Celebrate a Mountain Harvest
Savor the last days of summer

Vineyards on Biltmore Estate. Courtesy of Biltmore.
As the nights turn cooler and the leaves on the trees begin their fall transformation, farmers and other producers around Western North Carolina are gathering in the summer bounty.

In generations past, the celebration of harvest season and the beginning of fall not only marked another successful year, but also brought mountain residents closer to the land and to the food they ate. Here are a few suggestions for ways to savor the final days of summer:

"Taste the Season" at Biltmore
September is North Carolina Wine Month, and as America's Most Visited Winery, Biltmore is celebrating in high style. Guests may take part in free tastings, luxurious wine-focused meals and specialty tours across the estate, including the Vine to Wine Tour, which visits the vineyards and other areas on the estate typically not open for tours. Biltmore's top chefs will also be cooking up special dining experiences throughout the month.

Beef cattle at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a certified organic operation.
From Fork to Field
Follow your food back to the source with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's annual Farm Tour. On September 20 and 21, the gates and barns of 37 farms across Western North Carolina will open to the public. The self-guided tour offers a chance for visitors to learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh products, see farm animals, and meet the community’s food and fiber producers. Passes are $25 per car and can be purchased online.

An Apple a Day
The orchards surrounding Asheville produce 85% of the state's apples and offer u-pick opportunities as well as fresh snacks, donuts and harvest season activities. Order up a flight of local hard cider at Urban Orchard in West Asheville to taste a variety local apples in liquid form, or whip up Early Girl Eatery's famous Apple Stack Cake at home.

The mountain flavors don't end in the field, from cheese to mushrooms, trout to honey, Asheville offers a full menu of local offerings.

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