Well, you don't have to get that close. But this is your chance to get up close and personal with your local farms. The Charlotte area leg of the Know Your Farms tour is 1-6 p.m. Sept. 14-15, with 30 farms in 9 counties on the list. A ticket is $25 per vehicle in advance, $30 at the farms. You get a map so you can plot your own route, and many of the farms schedule special activities, including cooking lessons and lessons in how to use sustainable growing techniques in your own garden.
The tour is sponsored by Know Your Farms, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Piedmont Grown and the 10% Campaign.
"Bourbon: A Savor the South Cookbook," Kathleen Purvis' second book in the UNC Press series on Southern cooking, arrives in September. With more than 50 recipes for drinks, appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts using bourbon, it's part of a series with two dozen books on Southern ingredients and occasions. Kathleen also is the author of "Pecans," one of the first books in the series, released last fall. Details: http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/browse/search
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Observer food editor Kathleen Purvis is a food journalist, cook and eater who focuses on food in Charlotte, the Carolinas, the South and beyond. She's a member of the Association of Food Journalists and the Southern Foodways Alliance, and she is chair of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, which recognize service in food justice and sustainability. Her Q&A on food and cooking questions runs in newspaper nationwide. Send questions directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.