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Asheville Picnics and Day Trips Series

Mountains near Asheville, NCThis is the time of year when folks head for the mountains and the cool breezes to be found there.

For those of you who are yet to discover the splendor of Asheville's hills that quickly expand into peaks, come on over and visit...and you may just choose to stay. There's some local exploring to be done. So grab your picnic basket, fill it with locally-grown and baked goodies (more on our fabulous eateries later)  and discover the art of relaxation all over again.

 THIS IS A SERIES ON PICNICS and the sustainable culture that's on the rise in the Greater Asheville area. Check back for a number of day trips you can enjoy in the mountains just to the north of Asheville in and around neighboring towns and villages of Mars Hill, Marshall, and Hot Springs, all located in Madison County, North Carolina.

Today we're off to Mars Hill in Madison county.


Madison County, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, is a rural county. It is only about half an hour or so from Asheville, but with approximately 3,500 small family farms, agriculture is the largest industry in the County. In fact, agriculture accounts for half of the gross income in the County.

 

When you pack a picnic and head to Madison County, where streams and pastures and coves abound,you may look out your window as you drive the scenic country roads and notice tobacco crops. That's because Madison County is the largest burley tobacco producing county in North Carolina. In fact, there are approximately 2,350 farms with burley tobacco quotas. A decade ago, burley tobacco accounted for $10 to $12 million for agriculture income annually. But recently, as you may suspect, the demand for tobacco has been on the decline.

Not to be defeated, local farmers have become creative. Crops are changing, and farmers are diversifying. You now will find local growers cultivating the most amazing organically-grown crops. Vegetable and organic and nursery crops have increased dramatically in the last 20 years. . Stop by the family-run vegetable, fruit, and flower market just as you come in to Mars Hill, and you will see what I mean.

And/or you  simply could stop by a tailgate market at Mars Hill College. Tomatoes are almost in season. Time for the famous lettuce and tomato sandwich on home-baked bread? You can collect the ingredients all right there, then stroll across the street to campus (see photo I took not long ago, just belowMars Hill College campus near Asheville, NC)  for an incredible picnic.

Fresh. Old-fashioned. And sweet. What do you think?

 

All we need now is a banjo and a fiddle.

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Comments

Here's your invitation to a sustainable mini-vacation. Fresh. Old-fashioned. And sweet. What do you think? All we need now is a banjo and a fiddle.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

JaneAnne - It sounds like great fun, I think you will be seeing more people having these type of old-fashion fun now that they will be driving less.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

janeAnne,   I would love to take you up on the sustainable mini-vacation.  One day.  It's amazing how things are getting 'back to the way they were' lately.  That's not a bad thing.  :)You always give me good blog fodder.

 

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

JaneAnne, great scenery!  We wish that we were there!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 10 years ago

Jennifer~

Good point! Day trips may become a trend as gas prices rise and the expectation of a family again includes the joy of a picnic by a country stream on a Sunday afternoon.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Stephanie~

OH! I love you term, " sustainable mini-vacation"...that sounds not only solid, but FUN. ...does it include memories to last a lifetime?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Tony and Darcy~

I'm just getting started. You will love the scenery in the Greater Asheville area...so check back to see where the next day trip takes us...hope you come visit...and stay?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Mmmm yes I am already partaking of those tomato sandwiches :-)  (not from my garden though do you believe I bought this house in February and it was so cold I ignored the fact that I would have no sun in my backyard!)

Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) over 10 years ago

Hi JaneAnne! My stepmother is from Madison County, living in Haywood County now, but maintains a home in Madison still. They go "over the mountain" every weekend, and I go with them as often as I can, for gardening and catching up with old friends. My stepmom still helps care for the elderly folks she grew up around -- cutting their hair, helping them dry apples or put up canned food. It's a way of life that is still going strong there, and a lifestyle that built character and a sense of caring and community that is hard to beat. Thanks for this series -- I'll be back for more!

Posted by Dawn Grasty, Durham NC Real Estate (Prudential YSU Realty) over 10 years ago

"A Banjo and a Fiddle".

I like that.

 

Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Carole~

Our tomatoes are wonderful this year. So much sun! Now for managing the canning and sauce-making! If you ever want to enjoy an old-time picnic...let me know

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Dawn~

I am up this way almost every week. Would love to meet you at the tailgate...let me know.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Jeff~

We were up at Marshall's  tailgate market on the Islandthis weekend. A little western swing mixed with blue grass ...big trees...the river flowing by...good organic food....it was wonderful.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

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