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Picnics and Day Trips: Trip # 4 of the Asheville Series- Hickory Nut Forest

There are rumbles in the countryside. Becky and Bruce are praying this means rain, but it's been a dry, Hickory Nut Forest -Hickory Nut Creekdry summer thus far, and rumbles or not, the sun is hot and so are we.

 Luckily, we know where the enormous old shade trees and cooling waters of Hickory Nut Creek (see photo)can be found. So, today we headed out for a picnic. In our basket was the usual lettuce and tomato to combine with home-baked bread(see the series on Asheville's tailgate markets) for sure-but something was missing!

map to Hickory Nut Forest and a great picnic









As we rode south and east of Asheville (see map) to Hickory Nut Forest Eco Community, where over 800+ Acres of Conservation Land, adjacent to 25 or so acres where an Ecovillage  soon will unfold along the boundary, we stopped at the nearby CSA to round out our fare.

  John and Janet asked us just last week what a CSA is.  According to Local Harvest a CSA  (Community Supported Agriculture)is a way for the those of us who do not spend our lives on the land farming to create a relationship with a farm , even if we so choose, to receive a weekly basket of produce. Great idea! CSA here we come.

On our way to Hickory Nut Forest, along Route 74A(just about 15 minutes from downtown Asheville)Annie & Isaiah Perkinson's Flying Cloud Farm greeted us.  Annie and Isaiah are members of Slow Food USA  an educational organization dedicated to promoting stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production; (our Firm's mission!) reviving the kitchen and the table as the centers of pleasure, culture, and community; invigorating and proliferating regional, seasonal culinary traditions; creating a collaborative, ecologically-oriented, and virtuous globalization; and living a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life. The Perkinsons grow a large variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs on their  sustainable, family farm.

We love the idea of the "harmonious rhythm of life."

And that was the feeling today as we pulled up to Flying Cloud Farm's self-service roadside stand and 'you-pick' berries field. Blueberries are in seaason. This would round out the fare in our picnic basket.

Hickory Nut Forest Picnic near AshevilleAfter our stop at the CSA, we took to the trail for another five minutes and found the perfect picnic spot. (see photo)  

How could one ever tire of Hiking trails that  lead into 800(and more)  acresof nature preserve lands  with waterfalls, streams, cliffs and mountaintop vistas...and picnic spots such as this?

 There's never-ending bird watching,  fishing, picnicking and a sense of place that satisfies . . ..  


We are lucky to have a number of amazing farm stewards and CSA farms here in the Greater Asheville area. If you are not living in Asheville, visiting or relocating but find the concept intriguing, you can use this linkto find a CSA  near you.

Slow Food Asheville's  monthly newsletter which may be of interest to you

Finally, here is a link list of Asheville Area CSAs for those of you who live here, are visiting or relocating: Firefly Farm (Burnsville,NC);   Cane Creek Asparagus & Company (Fairview,NC); Green Toe Ground Farm (Burnsville,NC) ; Jake's Farm (Candler,NC);Homegrown Heritage (Candler,NC) ;Gaining Ground Farm (Asheville,NC)Flying Cloud Farm (Fairview,NC) ; Mountain Harvest Organics (Hot Springs,NC)  



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We love the idea of the "harmonious rhythm of life."

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 12 years ago

Aloha JaneAnne,

Love the wailele (waterfall) pics. I see Batmans hideout is nearby, hehehe. I'm such a joker.

Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) about 12 years ago


Thanks for letting us know the word for waterfall. ..WAILELE...I would love to know the pronunciation. There are at least 15 waileles on this 250+ AC conservation tract....all so in tune with the rhythm of life where one feels the joy of nature. . .

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

Be sure to stop by Spring House Meats while in the Hickory Nut Gorge area.  They offer hormone and antibiotic-free, grass fed meats.  Great for a barbeque, to enjoy on your picnic!  Hickory Nut Creek is still a cool place to be in this hot summer we're having!

Posted by Jane almost 12 years ago

Wonderful pictures janeAnne.  You've inspired me with this post to see all the waterfalls at Hickory Nut Forest that I can, and visiting the CSA on the way is a great idea.

And Jane is right, stopping by Spring House Meats (also known as Hickory Nut Gap Farm) is an absolute must!!!  Never seen pastures so green, and animals so happy...especially at a farm of this size!  Between the CSA and Hickory Nut Gap, I could see someone living at Hickory Nut Forest and never needing to travel more than 5 miles away  --all food provided for -- how "green" is that!

Posted by Rhodes Waite almost 12 years ago

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