The South is a land of traditions and fine foods, and no true Southerner would begin the day without grits as a part of breakfast. In 1995, an A. C. Neilson research report ranked Charlotte fifth in grits consumption nationwide.
Southerners can't live without them. Northerners wonder â€œWhat is that disgusting stuff?â€ It's grits, a dish ingrained in North Carolina's culinary heritage. Kerr discusses the appeal of this delicacy and two mills still producing it, the Dellinger Grist Mill, built in 1867 in Hawk, and The Old Mill of Guilford, established in 1767 in Oak Ridge. Both mills are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Barkley’s Mill began its production of grits in 2013 and orders for the grits are coming in from across the country already. This article briefly highlights how the mill got up and running and discusses the challenges of farming in the mountains of North Carolina.