Marshall’s newest “grape grangers,” Chuck and Jeanie Blethen, have a vision of a new industry in the mountains of western North Carolina: Native cold-hardy muscadines as a heritage crop to replace tobacco and provide a stable source of income for farmers. The locally established grape variety are also for those who just want to grow grapes for their own use. – Special to The News-Record & Sentinel, August 3, 2011. (Read more).