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I would like to start a field trip topic for those, who are interested in visiting garden places, free or next to free are the best! I would like to start off with 2 possible contenders as things to do in the upcoming spring:
#2) Okay, this is for those who live locally in the NC-Piedmont area and who love farm produce. Anyone interested in going to the 11th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour on April 22 & 23, 2006? I went to the 4th annual one way back, and loved visiting all those farms, tasting goat cheese, seeing the farm animals, talking to the honey guy, and all the farm veggies and flowers for sale. Pretty cool stuff to do. Anyway, if anyone is interested, you can buy the buttons in advance, if not I think it's like $25/car for a button to see all 30 farms or $5/farm. Here's the info below:
Let's plant to meet for an outing then at the Farmer's Market? what is everyone's availability?
I know I will be able to go that Sunday March 19th, they open at 9am.
Chamthy - I was just hooked on the Farmer's Market last year. I pretty much found alot of plants that were under $10 and $5 range that were in very good health, size, and superceded the variety of what is in the homeimprovement places I usually go to. My thinking is if I can visit once a month and buy one plant a visit, I will have a pretty good sized start of plants to propagate from.
I've been wanting to see the Park Seed Demonstration Garden in Greenwood, SC. Anyone been there? Another really cool trip would be to Bishopville, SC to see Mr. Pearl Fryar's(sp?) incredible topiary creations.That's been on my list for a while now.
Would your schedule allow a Saturday outing? I normally have church activities going on Sunday. If the group needed a Sunday outing I would attempt to arrange my activities accordingly. I was wondering about the prices over there and glad to see that you posted the ranges. Thanks..
The Raleigh Farmers' Mkt is one of my favorite places to go! (And keep in mind, I sell at our local Farmers' mkt and what do I do for fun?...go to another farmers' mkt! Go figger, eh?)
Swoz, the prices in Raleigh are very good. Plus, not only are there wonderful selections of veggies and plants but also fruit, baked goods, etc. They even have a fresh seafood store as well as a fresh meat building. (Yummy! Ever had a "Tom Thumb" sausage, boiled up in water with some greens being cooked in the same water!? Zowie!)
Okay since I am not there, everyone has to take pictures and share so I can feel as though I am not left out. I really had a hard time convincing myself to get on that plane. I cried a bit when I was pulling out of the drive to head to the airport. Gosh January seems so far away...
Carat - ok - we'll take pictures on a condition... When you're over here again - let us know when you're coming - and plan a day that we can all meet at the Farmer's Market... Hang in there girl - January is coming fast with the way time's a flyin..
CARAT, one day I'm gonna meet you and your hubby. Heck, I might even come down your SC way and leave barefoot prints in your garden (and in the process help ya get some things done maybe, eh?). Personally, I hope you make a few trips to your SC home within the next year, even tho it is for visits. (I assume you mean you're MOVING there next January? If so, reckon you better come for visits long before that!)
Swoz..yep, you best get over there! SEAFOOD! And the Tom Thumb is wunnerful (only place I know to get it). Hopefully, if time allows, I can meet all ya'll there sometime.
Pretty much Sundays are the only day I can do outings on unfortunately. I know most people do things on Saturday, I look at it this way, if most can only go on Saturday, that's fine. If anyone would like to go on Sundays, heah, I can meet anyone who likes Sundays, even if I am the only one who ends up going on a Sunday, no biggie for me, I know I am always the odd ball when it comes to outings. So if Saturday works, that's cool. And If anyone planning to go Sunday, you betcha I'll be there! :) No problem, hehe 2 days to go. :)
Shoe- so you may be at the Hillsborough FM? Cool, maybe I can stop by on a Sunday if they're open. :)
The Hillsboro Mkt is on Saturdays, usually from 8-12 (although, when I go I'm there from 7 to around 1). Early in the season there are only about 5-7 vendors but as things get going we have about 30-35 vendors; we usually shut down around first frost.
Although I've been going there for years I may consider trying out a bigger mkt this year, if not on Saturdays then perhaps sometime during the weekdays, mid-week.
(Ah yes...tonite, Tom Thumb sausage for supper, with taters and gravy, pinto beans/corn. Yumm...ain't nuttin' like it!) :>)
Well when I get there I will be available on some Sundays so Rebecca we can meet up on one of those.
Shoe, I just got home from a visit last weekend, got the whole field planted, also had enough extra seed to throw some in the yard area outside of the pastures. I am hoping for the week before Easter to be the next trip down. I will have to see how the finances are then. I am having to save to be able to take off the month of July, and pay for the drive there to bring a load. Then after July I am aiming for another quick trip to winterize somewhere in October.
Where exactly is the HIllsboro FM? And I mean other then in Hillsboro. My best friend is dying to go to one and I want to send her to one that she will enjoy since it will be her first and I will need her to really like it so I can drag her to others.
Carat, you will not be far from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, they are a just a little west of Charlotte. I love to go there whenever I am in that area. http://www.dsbg.org/index.php
You can get lots of ideas for plants that will do will at your new home there.
Well Shoe just to keep you on your toes, I went to Park Seeds a three hour drive away for an afternoon drive on one of my trips. So you never know if I might just pop in on you...
I passed the sign for David Stowe Botanical Gardens on my way to Charlotte by way of Gastonia on this late trip. My youngest son gave me the "OH mom its my vacation too" look so I just jotted down the name. I cant wait to go in there hopefully in April...
Wow. This all sounds great. I would like to meet up with you guys on one of your outings. Just let me know when and I'll try to make sure that I show up with my DH. If I tell him we are going to look at plants he will not be overly interested, but if I tell him we are going to get some "food" he will be out the door as fas as he can. I guess you can tell that he likes to eat. LOL Anyway, I really would love to meet up with you all. That would be so much fun.
I just noticed on Earthworks nursery site that they don't set up until April 1st at the Farmer's Market. They are the main reason I wanted to go so I'd love to wait until after then. I hope Messenbrink's still sells there too. Great perennials. They supplied a Master Gardener's sale here in Johnston Co a couple of years ago and I got some good deals on gallon sized plants.
I agree with swoznick. I have never been there either so why don't you pick the spot for us? Just let me know where to meet and I will be there. Here is my photo so that it will be easier to find me. And I will be with DH.
For All Going this Sunday:
Okay let's meet infront of the Fish Restaurant that is there. There's only one, I believe there are signs directing you which turn it is. We can meet there and go from there.
Sorry guys, I don't have a pic. But just look for the brown pony tail in a Red Hat, Red Shirt, Jeans and boots. Swoz you have me cell # just incase. See everyone there at 10am. Let's go shopping!!!
DG folks at the Raleigh Farmer's Market!!! Yeah - it was a great day. Rebecca30 and I came out for field trip day and took the grand tour. The market is just starting to get geared up for the season. Here's Rebecca30 checking out some of the plants...
I think that fern was in the $6-8 range. Prices were quite reasonable there. There was also an abundance of homemade soaps, cheeses, jams, jellies, syrups and the produce was awesome for this time of year. In another month, it will pick up considerably. You just wait - we'll have you coming up here to shop...
Hey guys, I'm so sorry that I missed the trip. We were told that my husband was leaving for CA at 7 PM so that is how we made our plans. He was going to go with me and we were going to have some fun before he left. Then last night we were shopping for his clothes at 3 AM because they called him and told him that they had changed it to 7 AM so that he could get there and still have time to do a little work. Boy was I mad! We did not even get chance to spend much time together before he left. I was so sad that I missed meeting you guys. But I sure hope to meet you soon and I definitely want to attend the next field trip.
Well I just made my plane reservations for April 8-15 to be in SC. So where should I be checking out things??? I am borrowing a vehicle from a friend and dont really want to rake up alot of miles on his vehicle so the closer to Clover, York, Rock Hill the better.
I hope the weather there warms up a bit in the next couple of weeks. Silly question but do you know of any place that rents riding lawn mowers???
Hi All: I was reading through this site and I love all the information. I am a transplant from up north, and just bought a house down here and started gardening..I have started a lot of seeds but don't have much to show yet...I am doing some flowers and some vegetables. I am in the Charlotte area and would love to get together with others from around this area. I find the clay quite a challenge and am deciding on what kind of tiller I should buy...or rather how much I want to spend on one. Anyway...so much for my babbling...I would love to know of any gardening events around the Charlotte area or get togethers. Thank you.