Seven new farms have joined the roster of participants in this year’s Mountain Farm and Garden Tour, the 12th annual edition of the two-day event sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. The self-guided tour runs from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, and costs $25 per carload. For more information, visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org or call (919) 542-2402.
Complements to the Chef, which has been outfitting Asheville’s cooks since 1979, recently announced its upcoming closure. According to a store employee, owner Tex Harrison is retiring. After spending more than a year trying to find someone to buy the shop, she decided she was “ready to go.” The store, at 374 Merrimon Ave., will stay open until its inventory is sold.
Summer is the season for food festivals celebrating the land’s bounty—especially the kind that tastes good in a pie. In North Carolina, blueberry lovers converge on Burgaw for the state’s Blueberry Festival on June 23, and watermelon eaters celebrate their favorite fruit in Fair Bluff from July 27 to 29. South Carolina, no slouch in the festival department, is hosting nearly a dozen such events this year, including the Belton Blackberry Festival (June 16), Trenton Peach Festival (June 21), Lexington County Peach Festival (July 4), Aiken Tomato Festival (July 14) and Pelion Peanut Party (August 9 to 11). Visit www.dining.discoversouthcarolina.com to learn more.