Love to Eat? You’ll love Brevard
As I write this post, there is at least one restaurant, two breweries, a butcher shop and several new food trucks taking residence in Brevard, NC. Brevard has always been a goldmine for those who love to eat well in a pleasant environment, but I’m excited to see that the options and variety are growing. To take it one step further, all of these developments are locally-owned and operated, choosing to source the ingredients they can from our local farmers.
This dedication to our community and support of local farms is deep-rooted. You’ll often find our Saturday farmers market packed to the gills with producers selling their vegetables, fruit, dairy products, eggs, meats, mushrooms, prepared foods and even some arts and crafts. Families, kids, dogs – all are welcome. We recognize that local food doesn’t have to travel nearly as far as other options, making it fresher and arguably more delicious. Plus, there is the added bonus of keeping those dollars in the community.
Our restaurant owners regularly take part in the community. For example, Jamie’s Creole Brasserie regularly hosts events to support Rise & Shine, an after-school program that serves economically disadvantaged families.
Food menus and even drink menus are constantly changing to allow for what’s in season. This phenomenon is certainly not unique to Brevard. We are just a short distance from Asheville and Hendersonville, both hotspots for the farm to table movement.
Asheville is commonly referred to as the beer city of the south with over 100 local beers and more brewing each year. Nationally recognized restaurants are a staple in this charming town. Hendersonville is also remarkable in it’s own way. During the fall, there are lots of apple orchards to visit and sample fried pies and cider. Hendersonville also hosts the second location of one of our favorite Brevard coffee spots, Crank Coffee. Crank is located inside Sycamore Cycles at the entrance to Pisgah Forest and is owned by Flat Rock Bakery (another awesome spot).
The bottom line is that our corner of Western North Carolina is hard to beat in terms of delicious food and drink. The fact that restaurants try first to source their ingredients, staff, décor and ambience from Brevard and Transylvania County speak volumes about the dedication our community members have to each other.
It’s not uncommon to find Justin and Paige from Pitch Pine Farm out on the trails getting some well-deserved riding in. We work together, play together and eat together.
Don’t believe me? Just come spend a Saturday afternoon or evening downtown. Stop off at Marcos or Hob Nob for an appetizer and a drink. Move onto Falls Landing for your main entrée. Make sure to get some local trout, Bracken Mountain Bakery bread and a cup of Brown Bean Coffee. Head over to Jamie’s for dessert and then finish the evening at Jordan Street Café with an after-dinner drink. Make sure to talk to Oatmeal and find out what his latest concoction is. They are always guaranteed to be fresh and delicious.