From Our Farms to Your Fork

Agritourism may be a new term for travelers, but Johnston County has celebrated our farming heritage for over 70 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. Our newest addition we are excited to have is Crawford Cookshop in Downtown Clayton, which sources locally from area farms for their scratch-made dinners.

Dig In! Afterwards, be sure to visit the farmers who grew the food you just ate... like a true foodie. Smith's Nursery offers on-the-farm experiences for most of the year.

Where to find these local restaurants and farmers:Picking tomatoes

Crawford Cookshop
401 E. Main St., Clayton, 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

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