Field Trips

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

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:

#1)Raleigh, NC Farmer's Market

Main Page with Pic:
http://www.agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilit/farmark/raleigh/
-sorry, no pets allowed in the area of items for sale.
- they have regional farmer markets as well i.e. Charolotte, Ashville, etc

Calender of Event Schedule by Month:
http://www.agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilit/farmark/raleigh/promos.htm
- They have an upcoming Craft Show from Friday-Sunday in March. Good time to shop for plants and do stuff.

Produce Availability Chart:
http://www.agr.state.nc.us/markets/chart.htm
-for those who love cooking.


#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:

http://carolinafarmstewards.org/
Piedmont Farm Tour
April 22 & 23, 2006
Orange, Chatham & Surrounding Counties

Last Year's 2005 Tour Info - give you an idea of what it's all about:
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/calendar/PFTgeneralinfo.html

I have cabin fever. Can't wait till the weather gets nicer!!!

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

I like the idea of the Farmer's Market during the craft show. Also in April, the events calendar had a home garden show I think.

What do others think they would like to do. Anyone interesting in joining in?

Swoz

Selma, NC(Zone 7b)

I'm up for meeting at the Farmer's Market just about anytime as long as the nurseries have set up shop.

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

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 I pretty much found alot of plants that were under $10 and $5 range that were in very good health, size, and superceded the variety of what is in the homeimprovement places I usually go to.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.

Summerville, SC(Zone 8a)

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.

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

Rebecca,

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..

Let's see what others think..

Swoz

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

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!)

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

Shoe ya know - I was kinda lookin forward to this trip before - but you said the majic word.... seafood! Nope never had a tom thumb sausage - but I have had boudin.. Ask Lisa bout that stuff...

Vegas,NV Filbert, SC(Zone 7b)

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......

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

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..

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

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.

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

Shoe,

Are youi selling at Hillsboro FM this year? If so - what are your hours over there/ location info..

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

I may be there...am considering a bigger mkt this year. Haven't made up my mind yet.

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

Hey Swoz,

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. :)

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Nope...won't see me there on Sunday, rebecca!

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!) :>)

Selma, NC(Zone 7b)

Sundays are okay with me Rebecca.

Vegas,NV Filbert, SC(Zone 7b)

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.

Casey

Hey all go check out my natural spring on this thread http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/554563/

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

Chamthy and CARAT - cool, sounds good.

I am under the weather tonight, feel kinds sickish ickish and I feel a strep throat kinda cough coming on, great... I think I will skip my planting plans this weekend.

Rebecca30

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Casey, Hillsboro would be quite a drive from your SC place!

However, I'm sure there are some mighty fine Farmers' Mkts near you...and who knows, perhaps one day YOU will be selling excess produce, flowers, etc at one! Ya never know!

Love the spring! Growing up in the mtns we had a spring that provided us with all our water and also let us store milk (and watermelons!) in it, keeping them cool!

Chapel Hill, NC(Zone 7a)

i'd give anything for a spring house.
my grandmother's was stone - like a huge
walk-in cooler.

sundays are great for me, by the way :)

(Zone 9a)

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.

Vegas,NV Filbert, SC(Zone 7b)

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....

Casey

Anyone here know what this bush is??

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Chapel Hill, NC(Zone 7a)

it looks like a japanese quince.
a nice one, too :)
marsha

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

JesseK

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Sounds good to me too. I would like to go to the farmers market. I would like to meet up with everyone. Please let me know as well and I will be there. Looking at the new plants and varietys.

Michelle

Selma, NC(Zone 7b)

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.

Shari

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

Okay, So March 19th Spring Craft Fair is just 2 weeks away. For those who can make it that Sunday at the Raleigh Farmer's Market, what time will work for everyone? 10, 11am? Wanna hear from everyone.

Chamthy - I plan to go back next month as well. ;)

Gates, NC

I work every weekend. You guys have a great time.

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

I'll try to make it. I vote for 10 am.

Suzy

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

That sounds good to me. But let me get this right. March 19th at the Raleigh Farmer's Market at 10 am?

JesseK

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

JesseK - We're waiting for folks to chime in here. Then we'll make the final decision.. Keep checking back - or add this thread to your watched list so you can see when there's an update...

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

Jessek - yep, you got it.

10am works fine for me to.

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

Okay, for thos of you out there going to the Raleigh Farmers Market next Sunday, where will we meet at, theres' like a coupl of red roofed warehouse open areas? Any suggestions.

I will be wearing a bright red hat, bright red shirt, jeans, and brown boots. If you want, DG mail me for my cell # if you want to call me once you get there to meet up. Thanks.

See you all at 10am.

This message was edited Mar 11, 2006 11:25 PM

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

Hi Rebecca,

I've never been out there - so why don't you pick the spot? I'm looking forward to our outing. I'll Dmail you to exchange phone #'s.

What do you think - should we add our pictures to "getting to know one another"?

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Jesse

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Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

Well - I don't venture out of the woodwork with a photo too often... But just for you guys - I'll show one. I hope that it does'nt scare ya too much!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.

Swoz

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Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

Here is a photo of me. I am so excited about meeting you guys and looking around at the farmer's market. See you on Sunday.

Jesse

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Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

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!!!

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

Oops. I cannot figure how I added my photo twice. I just noticed that. Sorry guys.

Jesse

Burlington, NC(Zone 7b)

Ok Field Trippers - !!!!!FAIR WARNING STATEMENT!!!!!!

I have a camera, I will be using it and pictures will appear on the forums... Bring your best smiles and lets have fun.

Swoz

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