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October is for Al Fresco Dining & Unforgettable Sunsets


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Fall color season is in full swing this month making October the perfect time for al fresco dining, autumnal views and spectacular sunsets. Take your passion for great flavors on the road by turning farm fresh ingredients into bruschetta (pronounced in Italian as bru’sketta). Haywood County farmers markets, roadside stands, on-farm markets and specialty retail stores offer a wide variety of ingredients to create your own twist on an Italian favorite. Whether you’re motortouring, cycling, driving or traversing Haywood County on foot, bruschetta is the perfect finger food for exploring.

Try our recipe for Caprese Bites. We’ve combined Oven Roasted Tomato Jam from Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, basil, local mozzarella and artisanal bread to create a satisfying bruschetta that is sure to please every palate.


Photo courtesy of Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon

Slice bread into thick pieces (or have it sliced for you). Top each with a dollop of Oven Roasted Tomato Jam, a single leaf of basil and a wedge of fresh mozzarella cheese. Place a toothpick through each little bite to hold it together and wrap in your favorite on-the-go container. Grab a cold pack of Waynesville Soda Jerks handcrafted artisan sodas, a handful of colorful straws, a picnic blanket, a bag of local apples and you’ve got the perfect culinary treat for the whole family. Want an outstanding farm-to-table meal prepared for you? Visit one of our Local Flavor spots for takeout.

As you wind your way up to any of Haywood’s notable peaks for a spectacular sunset view, it’s easy to see what makes Haywood a destination so memorable there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.

For more farm fresh recipes visit Farmers market and specialty retail locations featured in our Find your Adventure! 2017 Agritourism Guide, 10th Anniversary Edition.

Photo courtesy of Tina Masciarelli

Tina Macerialli

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