The Farmer’s Lunch
The Farmer’s Lunch at Simplicity • A daily chef’s tasting of North Carolina artisan cured meats and cheeses, with locally baked bread, pickled vegetables, condiments and preserves, our special herb butter and homemade mustard, accompanied by a cup of homemade soup, and a very special little treat.
Enjoy lunch with a glass of red or white wine or a North Carolina craft beer in the dining room, on our porch, by the pond, or in the garden. Served Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30am – 2:00pm, with a set menu which features North Carolina artisan specialty food producers, at a fixed price of $15 per person, with wine & beer at $5. Open to the public.
Inn guests, local diners, traveling diners, and their guests, are equally welcome at Simplicity. Reservations recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome.
From an ever growing collection of artisan producers of gourmet North Carolina meats, cheeses, condiments, preserves, beers and wines, we feature in the permanent rotation the following
"Owl Creek Breadworks is a family-owned and operated micro-bakery located in the heart of downtown Meat Camp, North Carolina. And Bruce Paul Ezzell is without a doubt one of the finest artisan bakers in America. Bruce & his family specialize in European style hearth breads, using fresh ground organic and certified chemical free grains."
"Our passion is handcrafting exceptional seasonally produced jams, pickles and artisan foods. We preserve and share the traditions that have inspired us with the creation of each of our products. Each recipe is prepared with utmost care in small batches from local, seasonal and all natural ingredients to ensure the height of freshness and flavor. We support responsible stewardship and local, sustainable agriculture in the Western Carolina region."
"Locally acclaimed, Giacomo’s Italian Market has been pleasing our neighbors with great homemade, authentic Italian products for over nine years. Our commitment has always been quality fresh ingredients and superior service to our customers. Our facility is federally inspected by the USDA in order to ensure that we offer quality products. We have been featured in the USAirway’s Attaché magazine, Charlotte Observer, High Point Enterprise, Greensboro Spotlight Magazine and commended in the Greensboro News and Record as a "true discovery in Triad eating."
"For over 60 years and across two generations of renowned curemasters, we at Johnston County Hams in Smithfield, North Carolina have hand crafted "cured" country hams inspired by the techniques used by America’s early colonists. Recognized by many as the best ham in America, our country hams have been featured in Esquire, Southern Living, The New York Times, Wine Spectator and many other publications. Men’s Journal has proclaimed our country ham among their "100 Best Things To Eat In America."
"We take the proven methods of our Appalachian Mountain forefathers and apply the technologies of the present to produce a consistent and high quality product. Below is a brief outline of how the natural seasons of Winter Spring Summer and Fall are duplicated."
"We are a small, family owned and operated creamery that focuses on producing exceptional handcrafted goat and cow milk cheeses. We buy raw milk from small local dairy farms and transport it to our creamery to produce a variety of cheeses including Feta, Chevre and our signature varieties including Pack Square, Ellington, and Chocolate Lab as well as limited runs of special cheeses and seasonal selections. We handcraft a carmelized goat milk sauce called Carmelita that is cooked slowly over a flame."
"Hidden in the heart of historically dairy-rich Orange County, NC our small, boutique creamery focuses on the art of cheese-making. Our French-trained chef & cheese-maker, Cindy, handcrafts small batches of many varieties of quality fresh & aged cheeses using goat’s and cow’s milk. Focusing mostly on traditional European-style cheeses, Cindy and our staff also experiment with and create some of their own unique cheese blends tailored to our local community’s tastes. We believe in simple, no-nonsense cheese that is delicious and accessible."
"Spinning Spider Creamery is an artisan goat dairy nestled in a mountain cove on Bailey Mountain in Madison County, NC. Our elevation is high, our air and water are pure and our goats reflect this in their vitality and production. And because of this, our cheese encompasses the essence of our mountain environment."
"Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy is nestled on 17 acres in the mountains of Ashe County just outside of Jefferson, North Carolina. Carol and Lon Coulter purchased the old Florence Kelly home place in 1994, which had been a working cow dairy until the early 70s. To help clear the briars and brambles that had taken over the farm, the Coulters purchased goats. One thing led to another and soon enough Carol was milking goats and taking cheese classes."
"Ashe County Cheese is Carolina’s oldest cheese plant, producing quality cheese since 1930. We are located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Watch the fascinating process of cheese making from our viewing area and visit our cheese and gift shop. We sell over 20 varieties of original Ashe County Cheese as well as our own county butter, homemade fudge and everyone’s favorite, fresh cheese curd. We also offer other fine cheeses, locally made wines and a variety of gifts, souvenirs and old fashioned snacks and candies."
"Highland Brewing Company rolled out its first beer kegs in December 1994. Built almost entirely of retrofitted dairy equipment, our original brewery in downtown Asheville could produce up to 6,500 barrels of beer per year. At the new location we now have capacity to brew 30,000 barrels annually with room to grow. Until 1998, our beer was available only in kegs and hand-filled 22-oz. bottles. (We still fill our liter bottles by hand today.) That year, we added a four-head bottling machine which enabled us to start packaging in 12-oz. bottles. In 2002, a used Krones bottling line was installed, capable of filling 7,200 12-oz. bottles per hour. Although we brewed twice daily, four days per week, the demand for our beer continued to exceed the supply."
"Take the goodness of garden-grown products, the warmth of small town life, the earthy ethic of rock ‘n roll, a deep respect for a time-honored craft…and you have the ingredients of Mother Earth Brewing. Born in the summer of 2008, Mother Earth is the dream-child of Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring, two guys from Kinston, North Carolina, a sweet southern town in the heart of the old tobacco belt."
"We are a small packaging microbrewery located in Farmville, North Carolina. We sold our first beer in August of 2004. We specialize in beautiful, delicious, full flavored dark beers. When we brew, we’re happy and we dance. During fermentation, we sing softly to the yeast. Duck-Rabbit products are distributed by Tryon Distributing throughout North Carolina, by Cherokee Distributing in eastern Tennessee, by Savannah Distributing throughout Georgia, by Loveland Distributing in the greater Richmond Virginia area, by Hop and Wine Distributing in northern Virginia, by Stockertown Beverage in eastern Pennsylvania, by Westy’s Distributing in central Pennsylvania and by Wilson McGinley Distributing in western Pennsylvania."
"Big Boss Brewing Company was started in 2006 and shipped its first beer in the 2nd quarter of 2007 in the triangle area of North Carolina. It was formed as a collaboration between Geoff Lamb, a UNC graduate, who returned to North Carolina in 2006 to join forces with Brewmaster, Brad Wynn, who has 12+ years of brewing experience including several years with Victory, Wild Goose and Native Brewing Company."
"We are a locally owned craft brewery situated in downtown Durham, North Carolina. Triangle Brewing Company is dedicated to producing well balanced, full-flavored, yet highly drinkable Belgian and American style ales. Triangle beers are made with the finest hops and barley malt. Flavors harmonize, not fight for individual attention. Triangle beers are not pasteurized nor do we add preservatives (except for a healthy addition of hops). Seeing beer as equal to, if not superior to, wine, Triangle beers are designed to complement food. Because of this effort, soon one will be able to walk into any fine restaurant and pub in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region and be pretty sure of finding a Triangle beer available."
"From our equipment to our staff to what goes into making the beer, our goal is to provide some of the best full-flavored craft beer you can buy. With our wide variety of styles – ranging from smooth and mild to ultra-hoppy – we’re sure you will find a Natty’s beer you’ll soon call your favorite. Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. brews nine brands for distribution both on- and off-premise in bottles and draught throughout North Carolina."
"North Carolina’s largest family-owned vineyard surrounds a beautiful state-of-the-art Winery nestled into a Blue Ridge Ridge hillside. Tour, taste and then dine at the Yadkin Valley’s Premier restaurant: The Harvest Grill. The Harvest Grill, located on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards, offers upscale dining with a bistro style atmosphere. The Harvest Grill has enclosed patio seating as well as an intimate dining room. While the grapes are the building blocks of every bottle of Shelton Vineyards wine, our people are the mortar that holds us together. The expertise and experience of our production team are reflected in each of our wines."
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The Mast Farm Inn is an award-winning historic country inn & restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. The Mast Farm Inn is a Historic Hotels of America hotel, a Select Registry Inn, and is on The National Register of Historic Places.