Lake Lure, Chimney Rock and the scenic rolling hills in Rutherford County are popular draws for visitors interested in experiencing the natural beauty of the North Carolina Foothills and the joys of small-town living - including genuine connections with locals and the enjoyment of fresh delicious local foods. The people and small business in this area now invite visitors to visit the passionate local farmers that produce fresh and delicious ingredients to local communities and to the growing number of farm to table restaurants. That is the case with chefs Gabe and Bill, partners in The Garden Cafe who source trout from their neighbor Farmer Bob Young (Deer Valley Farm) for their locally popular “Fresh Fish Fridays”.

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