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backgrounder on our "little space in the world"-- Madison County, N.C.

This is the time of year that folks from all around the USA head for the mountains and LEAF SEASON! For those of you who have discovered the colors and splendor and are interested in a few interesting facts about the lands I love, (and where I am an ECO certified REALTOR, )here is some information that may be of interest to you.
The area around MARS HILL and MARSHALL and HOT SPRINGS in North Carolina~ is known as 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.

Here in Madison County, where streams and pastures and hollers (now known as "coves") abound, you may look out your window as you drive the scenic (excellently maintained) 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.

Whether you are a nonsmoker or a smoker, you will be able to enjoy the new crops, because with the recent decline in burley tobacco, farmers have been cultivating the most amazing ORGANIC crops. Vegetable, organic and nursery crops have increased dramatically since 1998. 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.

OH! and if you should decide to let me find you the perfect acreage to steward over the years...and keep as beautiful as it is now for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren....and if you decide to spend the winter (it is mild) here...Christmas trees are easy to find fact, they account for more than $2.5 million annually.



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