Addison Farms Vineyard
Eddie, Maleada, Dianne, and Jeff Frisbee
4005 New Leicester Hwy., Leicester
Addison Farms Vineyard is a fourth-generation family farm in Leicester, NC. We started our vineyard in 2009 to preserve this working farm for future generations. This is our home and our heart. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of our vineyard on the hour, and those 21 or older can experience our wines in our tasting room.
For sale on tour: Variety of wines and wine-related merchandise
Directions: Travel about 14 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. The farm is on the right, just past Union Baptist Church on the left. Driveway is the first right after the cemetery.
Farm House Beef
Carolyn and Mike Bradley
978 Piney Grove Rd., Marshall
Stretch your legs and hit the trail on our picturesque 130-acre family farm. Enjoy guided tours and a hayride to our scenic ridge top at 2300’. Learn about our rotational grazing practices, grass-finishing of beef, and humane handling of Angus cattle. Come later in the afternoon to catch our calves grazing in the field (greatest number visible from 3 to 5 pm). We will also offer cooking demonstrations on beef stock, the perfect steak, and barbecue.
Enjoy a meal: Sandwich plates of burgers or barbecue with chips and a drink
For sale on tour: All cuts of grassfed beef (please preorder to ensure availability; check our website for package deals and individual pricing)
More for kids: Hayrides and hiking
Directions: Travel about 13 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. to Hwy. 1001/Meadows Town Rd. and turn right toward Marshall. Travel about 3 miles and take a left on Piney Grove Rd. (no street sign; look for Piney Grove Baptist Church sign). Travel 1 mile to the farm house.
Find us at restaurants/retailers: Guadalupe Cafe
Frances and Jeff Tacy
22 Franny’s Farm Rd., Leicester
Find out why they call our farm “the bowl of heaven.” We feature vegetable, flower and bee gardens, u-pick blueberries, and friendly farm animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, and a donkey. Tour our event barn, farm house, and the ecovillage on the ridge with cabins and camping.
Enjoy a meal: Lunch available at the farm
For sale on tour: Seasonal produce, heritage chickens, honey, edible flowers, herbs, baked goods, spices, and more in our farm store.
More for kids: Slides and lots of fun farm games for children
Directions: Travel about 10 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. and turn left on South Turkey Creek Rd. Go .6 miles and take the first right onto Franny’s Farm Rd. Stay left on the gravel road to the farm.
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
Paul and Pat Gallimore
278 Boyd Cove Rd., Leicester
Tour an edible landscape of berries, American Chestnut hybrids, and over 72 varieties of heritage apple trees. Learn about our permaculture practices and how we use passive solar energy to heat our water, greenhouses, and buildings. Enjoy nature trails, waterfalls, and wildlife.
For sale on tour: Plants including heritage red raspberry, native black cap raspberry, wineberry, thornless blackberry, Himalayan blackberry, and many varieties of blueberry; honey, raspberry and blueberry jam; books (some items available for donation)
More for kids: 1,400-acre wildlife habitat and nature preserve for children of all ages to explore
Directions: Travel 11 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy and turn left onto N. Turkey Creek Rd. After about 1.4 miles, bear right onto State Rd. 1401/Earlys Mountain Rd. and proceed about 5 miles. The road turns into Big Sandy Mush Rd. and Bald Creek Rd. Turn right onto Boyd Cove Rd. and continue 1.3 miles to the LBEEC sign. Go up the rocky gravel drive to parking area. The gravel drive may not be suitable for vehicles with low clearance.
Reeves Home Place Farm
Betty and Robin Reeves and Thomas Rathbone
9205 N. Carolina 63, Marshall
We are a seventh-generation family farm raising beef cattle, chickens, ducks, lambs, pigs, and turkeys. Take a self-guided tour of our animals and greenhouses, visit our new hydroponic vegetable operation, and learn about our process for growing winter feed. Also, enjoy a virtual tractor ride in a NC Farm Bureau agri-simulator.
Enjoy a meal: Lunch featuring a variety of our farm-fresh products
For sale on tour: Beef, pork, watercress lettuce
More for kids: Farm simulator and a make-and-take project
Directions: Continue on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy for about 16 miles. Cross the Buncombe-Madison County line, and continue for about 1.5 more miles. The farm will be on your right.
Find us at restaurants/retailers: Ingles Markets