A Culinary Trip in JoCo
Local farms and local foods are a perfect reason to explore the countryside of Johnston County, NC. Don't overlook a gas station grill or a country store selling local hotdogs! Follow some of our favorites or take off on your own...share with us on Instagram, #VisitJoCo.
9am Atkinson's Milling Co.
Stop by the office at this working mill (since 1757) and purchase some local products. After your culinary day trip to JoCo, you may want to try your hand at making biscuits!
10:30am Hinnant's Vineyard & Winery
The largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina offers tastings and many more treats in the gift shop, non-muscadine wines, fruit juices and jams.
12N Lunch at Under the Oak Cafe
The owners of the cafe grow most of the ingredients for their dishes on their own farm. We suggest the JoCo Burger -- it's a local favorite!
1:30pm Smith's Strawberry Farm
Depending on the time of year you may pick fresh strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries for tasting and cooking...or get a pumpkin for carving!
3pm Broadslab Distillery
You may know the term "farm to table", but Jeremy is a "dirt to bottle" distillery...growing the corn to putting the label on the bottle, all is done on the Norris Farm near Benson.
5pm The Redneck BBQ Lab
Finish up your day with a trip to try some competition (and winning!) BBQ by Jerry Stephenson. The restaurant is located in a BP Gas Station -- but don't let that stop you! And if it's burnt ends day...you are in for a sweet treat.