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Local Growers Score Big with Food Lovers

Love really fresh food that is really, really good for you? Here's information about a safe and nutritious food supply produced, marketed and distributed in a eco-wise way; that adds value to rural and urban communities, alike, right here in North Carolina. The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP),  a nonprofit organization, supports farmers and rural communities. The Project provides education, mentoring, and community development. Follow the link to a partial list of local growers you may want to get to know!

Blue Hill Organic Farm
Fullam Creamery
Green Toe Ground Farm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Let It Grow Organic Gardens
Palmer Ford Organics
Sunburst Trout
Whistlepig Farm
Yellow Branch Farm
Zimmerman Berry Farm

IF you would like to stay at a B&B where local produce from local growers is on the menu, here are a few you might enjoy:

Princess Anne Hotel   
301 East Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 258-0986
info@princessannehotel.com

Hawk and Ivy Bed and Breakfast    (Top)
133 North Fork Road
Barnardsville, NC 28709
(828) 626-3486
info@hawkandivy.com

Inn on Main Street B&B    (Top)
88 S. Main St.
Weaverville, NC 28787
(828) 645-4935
relax@innonmain.com

 

 

 

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Comments

I am glad to hear that organic farming is spreading.  We as consumers should have the choice.

In some areas they are growing genetically altered food.  If they are growing that near organic farms, the crops will be cross pollinated.  They are also not required to identify if the food in the store is genetically altered.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Janeanne- you always impress me girl! I would love to get a good recipe for dog treats and kibble. I am a bit scared still feeding my boys (ummm dogs) with the tainted food issues. I read that if we never fed our dogs manufactured dog food ( if we made their meals) they would live 20 plus years. The pet food industry ingredients actually take years off the pets life due to poor quality. Got me really thinking.

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 11 years ago

I second that thought, very impressive. I'm hearing more and more about buying and eating locally. The author of the Poisonwood Bible has written a new book about how eating locally is healthier and leaves less of a carbon footprint. I'm exploring the idea more - but the average plate of food travels 1200 miles. So for many reasons I think we should support the local farmers.

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago
Randy~Would love it if you would do a post on GMOs...not quite sure how it ties in to our practice as REALTORS...do you have an idea? I've been choosing locally grown food for years...organic tomatoes are my favorite...have my own little herb potted garden..to pick parsley and then-gently place it into your pasta or salad where it still tastes alive is an often forgotten and underestimated luxury...
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 11 years ago

Michele~

Your wish is my command courtesy of this link...with a couple of personal added this and thats...You should be able to get most of these ingredients from local growers...

Mucho Bananas  Barkie-Dog Treats

· 3 cups oatmeal
· 1 1/4 cups flour
· 2 eggs
· 1/4 cup oil
· 1/2 cup honey
· 1/2 cup milk
· 2 mashed bananas

Blend liquid ingredients, eggs and mashed bananas, making sure to mix well. Add flour and oatmeal. Mixture will be similar to cake mix. Spread into a well-greased pizza pan and bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes. Cut into tiny squares or strips using a pizza cutter. Keep refrigerated; store unused in freezer.

Turkey Treats

· 1 lb. ground turkey (pure turkey, NOT turkey sausage)
· 1 cup oatmeal
· 1 egg
· parmesan (I used 1/2 cup)
· garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together using hands and pat into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool *thoroughly*, then cut into thick strips (these do not hold together when slicing into small squares); freeze unused portions and keep the portions you're using refrigerated. Has the consistency of meatloaf.

 

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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 11 years ago

Dena~

Yes...transportation cots money, consumes gas ...and the produce is NOT as tasty as what we get at our tailgate markets here in Asheville, for sure...

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 11 years ago
yummy- those dog recipes seem good enough for my own dinner as well!  I am going to try this....
Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 11 years ago

Hi janeAnne - one of my step-kids got us hooked on growing organic a few years back and it's the same results as non-organic.  Great tasting veggies and huge tomatoes.  I totally agree with you on the herb garden - love the fresh basil, rosemary and thyme!!

Posted by Ed Vogt, Grandville, MI Midwest Properties (Midwest Properties of Michigan) over 11 years ago

JaneAnne-
Thanks for sharing the dog treat ideas.  My beagle mutt will eat anything but she'll be in heaven with these. 
beagle

Posted by Corey Atherton (Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company) over 11 years ago

JaneAnne, While the visitors are enjoying the wonderful tastes of locally grown treats at the area B&Bs, they are also enjoying some beautiful sites. The B&Bs are beautifully planned and decorated for their time periods!

I have already eaten supper but now thanks to this blog I am craving a fresh healthy tomato, nothing else needed!

Thanks

Posted by Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living" (WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio) over 11 years ago
janneAnn, Nice to have this list, the insurance person in my office moved to NC a few months ago. I'll have it emailed.
Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 11 years ago

Ed~

I agree. Nothing like organic from your own place! Do you have local tailgate markets in Michigan?

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 11 years ago

Leslie~

Try the heirloom tomatoes at a tailgate market...or grow your own. I'd almost rather have one heirloom tomato
than Dark Chocolate...;-)

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 11 years ago

Corey~

Love the photo of your DOG...

I'm wondering if the conservation development you mention so often has  or has plans for a community garden...and will it be organic?

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 11 years ago

Gary~

When I was a child growing up in your neck of the woods, neighborhoods set aside lots on which they could grow food for the entire community. I am wondering if there are neighborhood gardens in Michigan still...and if this is something that would appeal to your clients...as it does ours here in NC.

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 11 years ago

JaneAnne-
We are exploring the idea of a small community garden and we have a nice flat area on the south side in mind.  I will keep you posted and I can't imagine that it would be anything but organic. 

Posted by Corey Atherton (Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company) over 11 years ago

JaneAnne,

Thanks for a great post.  If ever I'm up that way, I will have to check those farms out.  How neat that the B&B's are supporting local farming and offering their guests the very best in food; that in season and local to their region!

If anyone is wondering where to find farms in their area, check out Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs. 

Bon appetit!

Shai 

Posted by Molly S Ringer, Realtor Lake County FL Luxury Homes (Weichert Hallmark Properties) over 11 years ago

Thanks JaneAnne! I plan to try the treats for Kodiak! He is shedding his winter coat and a handful of treats is the best way to keep him calm for brushing!

I have heard of a few community garden projects in the inner city of Grand Rapids Michigan where homes are close together and lot sizes are small. It's an idea that needs to come back. Is a tailgate market what we refer to as farmer's markets?? How cute! I've never heard them called that! Growing up I took corn and other vegies to local farmer's markets for my Aunt and Uncle in the mid-michigan area. What fun that was!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 11 years ago

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