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The Sunburst Trout Company began in 1948 as a small pond-stocking rainbow trout farm. The Haywood County enterprise grew into a far-flung retail and wholesale business, supplying individual customers in almost every state and over two hundred buyers for restaurants, supermarkets, and seafood brokers. Rainbow trout take about four years to reach their harvest weight of three pounds. The company processes about 10,000 pounds of fish each week through every season of the year. Sunburst employs between twelve and eighteen people, and turnover is low.
Wineries thrived in the state prior to the Civil War, and until just before Prohibition, the state was the country's leading wine maker. Now winemaking is making a comeback in North Carolina. In the last six years, wineries increased from 18 to 42; vineyards doubled from 175 to 350; the value of wine grapes increased from $2.2 million to $3.3 million annually; and two community colleges are offering programs in viticulture.