Joel Salatin

From farmer Joel Salatin’s point of view, life in the 21st century just ain’t normal. In Folks, This Ain’t Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.


Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971, founded by Alice Waters and a group of idealistic friends. A neighborhood bistro, it is named after Honoré Panisse, a character in Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s movie trilogy about waterfront life in Marseille •


Alice Waters

Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally.


The Meadowview Farmers’ Guild

The Meadowview Farmers’ Guild promotes, features and celebrates the agriculture and crafting traditions of our region. We feature a local-foods restaurant, The Harvest Table, and a General Store which carries food items and handmade goods from over 100 local craftspeople and artisans.


Stick Boy Bread Company

If you are looking for a real bakery, you are in the right place. Everything is made right there in their bakery using the best ingredients and methods. Stick Boy is a small, family-owned artisan bakery where high quality baked goods and great service come together to create a special experience.


Looking Glass Creamery

Looking Glass Creamery, a small, family owned and operated creamery located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, creates small batches of exceptional handmade artisan cheeses from goat and cow milk.


Edible Piedmont

Edible Piedmont is a community-based publication that promotes the abundance of local foods in the greater Piedmont area of North Carolina. We celebrate the growers, producers, retailers, artisans, chefs, bakers, home cooks, and others who energize our community with authentic, locally based food.


Frank Stitt

Frank Stitt, III, is a renowned chef, accomplished cookbook writer, and highly successful restaurateur. During the past two decades, he has set national standards for culinary excellence and put Birmingham on the map as home to world-class dining.


Michael Pollan

For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment.


The Best Dish Award

The Best Dish in North Carolina Award • Top Ten in 2010, 2nd Place in 2011 • Our restaurant Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn was selected from among hundreds of fine dining restaurants in North Carolina for The Best Dish in North Carolina Award