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Goat cheese is growing in popularity in the state. Two goat farms, Goat Lady Dairy in Randolph County and Celebrity Dairy in Chatham County, produce fresh goat cheese, while Pittsboro's Dancing Doe Dairy is licensed for aged cheese only.
Honey has been a popular sweetener since ancient times. Many varieties are made in the state, but the three sold most often are sourwood, gallberry, and tulip poplar. The valued honeybee was named official state insect in 1974.
Wineries thrived in the state prior to the Civil War, and until just before Prohibition, the state was the country's leading wine maker. Currently, eleven wineries are in production.
In operation since 1745, the Old Mill of Guilford on Beaver Creek in Guilford County affords visitors a look back to the time when gristmills, powered by slow-turning waterwheels, ground flour.