From Our Farms to Your Fork
Agri-tourism may be a new term for travelers, but Johnston County has celebrated our farming heritage for over 60 years beginning with the Annual Benson Mule Days Festival. This history asserts itself anew in the growing number of chef-owned restaurants in the county serving up fresh and local ingredients in delightful dishes. The newly opened Under the Oak Cafe restaurant in Downtown Smithfield, is our first farmer-owned table restaurant offering upscale dining.
Another great example of this is Colleen and Nate Roby from Simple Twist - with three locations in the county. As Colleen puts it, "we have close relationships with farmers in the area that have brought us all kinds of locally grown produce. We only serve Certified Angus Beef, the best kind of beef you can get. We use high quality ingredients to create delicious meals." Dig In! Afterwards, be sure to visit the farmers who grew the food you just ate... like a true foodie. Simple Twist works with Smith's Nursery which offers on-the-farm experiences for most of the year.
Where to find these local restaurants and farmers:
Under the Oak Cafe
135 S. 3rd Street, Smithfield, NC
5638 NC Hwy 42 W., Garner, NC
272 Pritchard Road, Clayton, NC 27527
227 E. Market St., Smithfield, NC
Smith's Nursery and Strawberry Farm
Smith's is open year-round and the pick-your-own seasons for strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, bring families and visitors for fresh produce and fruits, also enjoy hayrides, a millet maze, bounce hours, special events for Mother's Day and Fall Harvest, and try a little fishing in the pond.
443 Sanders Rd., Benson, NC 27504