We are seeing a surge of local growers and more fruit stands and farmer's markets. We have one at the end of a long parking lot in a park-like setting twice a week in our small town. It has grown enormously and the food is great. So are the jam, jellies, home crafts, and other saleable items.
I saw some puppies sold there the other week.
No, even this precious beagle is too rambunctions for me. I have nicknamed him Rambo. He is actually Smokey. I was looking for an inside smallish dog that was not yappy. But I forgot with the natural desire to hunt, that he would bark a lot and even bay. Owyoooooooooooo!
He is chewing everything in sight and stealing from neighbors, especially things they leave on their deck. I only let him out a coupld of times of the day but he takes off and gets in to all kinds of mischief.
I grew this! - cardinal flowers
To All: I just wanted to apologize for the belated reply to your messages. Woodspirit, I am actually in your part of the country right now. I am attending a conference in Ashville and today is the first break I got. I am excited by the comments on this article.
Woodspirit, I too am SO encouraged and happy at the proliferation of Farmer's Markets. They are a blessing and I go out of my way to buy from them on the weekend. I will happily pay more for quality food items. Besides the tomatoes I eat from these vendors are unreal. Your puppy sounds like a handful. Good luck!
Sharon, THANK YOU! As mentioned above, I am in your part of the country now. I am at Lake Junaluska and am humbled by the beauty of the Smoky's and Blue Ridge Mountains. I have chatted to the shuttle drivers at length and we talked one day about the fancy houses on the mountain. He mentioned the conflict with the mountain people. I immediately thought of you my friend. I reckon you could grow more than one. I have your address. I will mail you some when I get your package off to you.
Aunt A, Thanking you kindly for the compliments. Well now, I have a few more nearly ready for picking. Come on down. We'll have a melon feast!
I am on the other side of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Brevard. Peaches are in now and it seems all I do is run to one of 2 produce stands. Darius shared her recipe for peach melba and if I ever get the time, I'm going to make a batch. It's the best peach jam I have ever had.
My daughter lives on a farm and she has a nice garden space. She shares a lot with us and we share raspberries with her.
Wish I could run into you while you're here. Wanna see the tallest waterfalls in the U.S? or the newest little museum? That's what we're about and (OH yes) white squirrels.