Hickory Nut Gap turkeys

WNC’s independen­t poultry farmers persevere through processing challenges

Three years out from the closure of the state’s only USDA-inspected plant for independent farmers, more than 200 North Carolina farms are processing their own poultry. But due to the extra labor and time requirements, many producers statewide are still putting less pastured poultry on the market now than they were in 2017.

Small bites: Mead and cupcakes at TreeRock Social Cider House

TreeRock Social Cider House and Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen team up for an afternoon of sweets and drinks. Also: Dobra Tea Black Mountain announces closing date, Shrimp at the Farm returns, local breweries fight food insecurity through Hops for Hunger, The Fresh Market adds to its Local Program and Cúrate makes the list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018.

Small bites: Karen Washington uses food to connect the dots

The 2014 James Beard Leadership Award-winner Karen Washington will lead a workshop in anticipation of the Organic Growers School spring conference. Also, Food Connection hosts Chefs in Action; Curragh Chase pop-up dinner at Summit Coffee; White Labs Kitchen & Tap debuts fermentation series; Hickory Nut Gap Farm hosts whole hog butchery class; and James Beard Award semifinalists are announced.