Looking Glass Creamery is must stop on the WNC (Western North Carolina) Cheese Trail. It is an easy 12-mile drive from downtown Asheville (on the way to Chimney Rock) and one of the few mountain cheese farms that is open regular weekly hours. They also have a farm to visit near Columbus.
Sample their cheese and caramel in the Cheese Shop, open on Thursday through Sunday. Also find local goods from nearby farms and food producers (including Hickory Nut Gap Farm), along with cheese boards, cheesemaking kits, aprons and more.
Get a bottle or glass of wine and one of their cheese plates to enjoy outdoors in their garden by the goats. The Tess plate has three flagship cheeses and the Vivian has five LGC cheeses with preserves, salami, and mustard.
Jennifer and Andy Perkins opened the creamery in early 2009. Since then, they have won many awards and continue to expand their small farm. They handcraft a spectrum of cheeses, from fresh chevre to soft-ripened pasteurized varieties to hard, aged raw milk cheeses. For the past four years, Williams-Sonoma selected their cheeses to be the NC Collection in their catalog.
Their creamery cheeses are made from fresh cow milk. Chocolate Lab is their original washed-rind cheese rubbed with cacao nibs. Ridgeline is a buttery cheese with a subtle, nutty flavor. Also try their Bear Wallow Alpine Style raw milk cheese and their Drovers Road cheddar. Their Carmoolita caramel sauce is a sweet treat.
59 Noble Road
Fairview, NC 28730
Open Thursday-Sunday 11 AM-5 PM
Their Farm is about an hour's drive south near Columbus. Bring your walking shoes and wander the dirt roads on the farm, enjoy the views and walk to the dairy. Peek through windows into the production room where they make cheese and into one of their aging underground cellars.
Farm & Store
115 Harmon Dairy Lane
Columbus, NC 28722
Open Friday & Saturday 11 AM-5 PM
For more info, go to their web site or call 828-458-0088.
Just a few miles away is Hickory Nut Gap Farm.