Agritourism in Haywood County, NC
The rich soil of Haywood County has made it a robust agricultural community for hundreds of years, and the same traditions continue today. This has put the county on the map as one of the most diverse agritourism destinations in the region.
If you’re craving a fresh and tasty exploration, you’ve found it right here in Haywood County.
Our partner organization Buy Haywood prides itself on helping introduce high-quality farm products to community-minded consumers. Buy Haywood creates and distributes the “Taste of Haywood” monthly eMagazine, which celebrates the seasonal flavors of our region and the growers behind them. Buy Haywood highlights working farms, produce stands, markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and activities so you can experience first-hand the colorful and diverse “agripreneurial” community of Haywood County.
One of the best ways to explore Haywood County is to visit one of our many U-Pick farms. Whether you’re looking for flowers, Christmas trees, or fresh fruit and veggies, Haywood County has a variety of locally-owned farms where you can pick produce yourself! The best part? Many of our local farms are just as beautiful as they are fun.
Flower, Fruit, and Veggie Farms
Open April – October
Located in Canton, you can find fresh cut flowers, berries, and vegetables. They also host farm-to-table dinners every other weekend.
Open June – October
Haywood’s only commercial flower farm has more than 45 varieties of flowers. U Pick, wedding flowers and plant starts are available.
Produce & Farm Stands
July – November
Farm-fresh seasonal apples, peaches, nectarines, raspberries, blueberries, eggs, and honey. You can also find beeswax hand creams and lip balms in their store.
August – December
A seasonal favorite and an apple lover’s dream! Try the melt-in-your-mouth cider donuts and make sure to take plenty of apples home with you.
This small family farm has been a leader in agriculture for the past 100 years, making it another North Carolina Century Farm in Haywood County. This is the place to go for fresh, seasonal produce.
Christmas Tree Farms
You select the tree, and Boyd Mountain will cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle. Or use their bowsaws and cut it yourself! A wonderful family experience walking through the manicured fields.
Take your pick of choose-and-cut trees or select any of the pre-cut firs at Nesbitt Christmas Tree Farm! They’ve been open for more than 45 years now and sell out quickly, so check their website for updated availability.
Shop local at a Haywood County farmer’s market! Every market is full of vendors selling locally-grown produce, free-range eggs and meats, jams, jellies, cut flowers, and more. Browse farm stands and talk directly with the farmers themselves.
April – November
Saturdays, 8am – 12pm
Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
May – October
Wednesdays, 8am – 12pm
Saturdays 8am – 12pm
Haywood County’s shop owners love fill their stores with local goods. There’s no shortage of one-of-a-kind specialty stores in our five mountain towns, but we’ve featured a few below.
Located in the heart of Waynesville, this Main Street market offers plenty of local favorites, including homemade candles, shaved ice and pantry staples.
Choosing the wine for the evening meal since 1993. Bosu’s Wine Shop supporting local agriculture, brewing, and viticulture with local farm products, tastings, and events.
Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon uses seasonal ingredients to create handcrafted preserves, including jams, pickles, and artisan foods. Stop by to sample your new favorites!
The journey of Haywood County’s freshly grown produce doesn’t end at our farms and gardens—they take on a new life in the kitchens of our locally owned and operated restaurants. Drop in to these farm-to-table restaurants located throughout our mountain towns and discover what makes us a popular regional culinary destination!
With a rotating menu based on seasonal harvests, Frogs Leap follows through on its commitment to serving only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients through out-of-the-box menu offerings.
So, what happens when you combine traditional Italian fare with the freshness of locally sourced ingredients? You get a fan-favorite in Frankie’s. Their recipes—and passion for cooking—date back nearly a century, and that might just be the special ingredient (although, the locally grown herbs, greens, and veggies help).
You’ll find classic American comfort foods like hand-cut meats and hearty burgers at Bourbon Barrel. The savory flavors found all across their menu pair nicely with their extensive collection of small batch bourbons and whiskey.
Enjoy a fresh, modern take on timeless Southern comfort food at Birchwood Hall. Their traditional recipes are rooted in the South but take on new flavors with the help of locally and regionally sourced ingredients.
Hazelwood Farmacy is a welcomed blast from the past, mixing up milkshakes and serving typical luncheonette-style offerings in a very unexpected way: with fresh ingredients made to order. Did we mention their milkshakes?