Just back from stocking up Beech Mountain Bliss with fresh fruits and veggies for the family as we enjoy our Summer escape from the sweltering heat down below. Less than a 20-minute drive from us, on Tynecastle Highway leading out of Banner Elk, Clemmons is a great place to pick up some local produce, as well as good-quality specimens from much further away (since the modern lifestyle we live has gotten us used to having our pineapples, avocados and lemons whenever we desire them). But today I was particularly pleased to pick up a couple of pounds of heirloom tomatoes!
In addition to the fresh stuff, there is plenty of old-fashioned candy, jars of delicious preserves and local honey (If you haven't tried Sourwood honey, you can count yourself as deprived.), as well as amusing "hillbilly" nick-nacks to take back home with you.