Pumpkins are a hallmark of autumn, but jack-o’-lanterns are just the beginning of the fall fun. Make the most of the season with an idyllic outing to a u-pick patch for the perfect specimens, décor inspiration using fanciful heirloom gourds, and a delish take on a pumpkin pie that’s as nice as sugar and spice.
Here’s a look at the modern ways farming traditions are being passed down and the wealth of programs that are cultivating an exchange of knowledge, all of which is helping our farmers—especially those new to the game—grow and succeed.
Locals, especially, can confirm Western North Carolina holds a wealth of riches. From natural wonders and cultural treasures to splurge-worthy experiences, the indulgences afforded in our mountains are, in many ways, priceless.