Community

Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mts.

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 Our  family owned and operated factory is located in Western North Carolina  nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains just an hour from the  Great Smoky Mountain National Park and only fifteen minutes south of Asheville, North Carolina.  Asheville exudes a uniquely eclectic atmosphere.  It is a haven for artists, musicians, cultural and food connoisseurs, and general lovers of life!  Asheville has an atmosphere unlike most any other city located in the southeast and offers a home to lifestyles of all kinds. 

Recreational Paradise

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 Asheville, North Carolina ranks among the top resort towns in the Southeast providing every possible accommodation and activity you might desire.   WNC is an outdoor paradise, offering everything from white water  rafting, hiking, biking, and skiing, to a rapidly growing agri-tourism  community. Breath taking views are offered at almost every turn and every  season of the year. 

Biltmore Estate & Beaux Arts

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 Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, America's largest privately-owned home built by George Vanderbilt as a summer retreat.   Visit the world famous Grove Park Inn, the Grove Arcade, Biltmore  Village as well as Asheville’s wonderfully preserved art deco  structures. Various Beaux Arts buildings designed by architect  Douglas Ellington located in downtown Asheville include: the S & W  Cafeteria Building, the Asheville High School, and the nationally acclaimed Asheville City Building.       

Educational Opportunities

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 Area educational institutions include the University of North Carolina at Asheville—the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system.  UNCA Asheville’s quality  and value for money regularly draw praise from national college  guidebooks. The Fiske Guide to Colleges ranked UNCA among top 20 Best Buys in  public liberal arts education.  Asheville-Buncombe  Technical Community College, also known as A-B Tech, provides one of  the premier culinary schools of the southeast.  Another  four-year institution, Western North Carolina University, is located less than an hour’s drive to the west of Asheville and earned the title  “most wired school."                                                           
 

Regional Market & Ag Center

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The Western North  Carolina Farmer’s Market is located just ten minutes southwest of Asheville, NC between two major Interstate Highways  (I-26 and I- 40).  The WNC Farmer’s Market sits on a  thirty-six-acre site with a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains  and the Biltmore Estate. The retail and wholesale market is open seven  days a week year round.  The public is always invited and admission is free of charge.  And directly across from the Asheville Regional Airport the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center is located. This facility is one of the country's premier agricultural centers and home of the NC Mountain State Fair.  The WNC Ag Center hosts over 50 livestock events annually, including 35 horse shows, large-scale conferences, and trade shows.      

Local Food & CSAs

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Thanks to the non-for-profit Appalachian  Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), the local farming community now  provides one of the most vibrant slow food or field–to-fork culinary experiences available today in Asheville restaurants, schools, workplace cafeterias, and individual family kitchens.  Buncombe  County farmers offer numerous thriving Community Supported Agriculture  (CSA) programs and various community tailgate markets selling seasonal  vegetables grown by the many sustainable family farms in the region.  Asheville has been named time and time again the best place to live in the Southeastern U.S.  In bold, Carolina blue-lettering on the outside of our factory in Arden, NC we have placed the following words:  We like calling North Carolina home.