I froze and watched as two red-tailed hawks flew low over my head this afternoon, hunting doves for dinner. The sky was so blue and clear, I sat in a puddle of sun for a few minutes taking in the fall day, the creature activity, and the pretty little details lingering in my garden. One last purple flower bloomed lonely on the eggplants. I saw a baby snake, the size and color of a great big earthworm. I happily discovered cilantro volunteers. They aren’t afraid of winter. A doggone groundhog munched the tops off of some of my lettuces. Eventually, I got around to the bigger job of fall garden cleanup (read weeding), harvesting the last of my peppers before frost, and digging a few potatoes for dinner.
and Gardens. We are not sure of the sequence of events, but think that he got into a fight with our Alpha rooster, William Howard (named after William Howard Taft, the heaviest President who got stuck in the White House bathtub).
they produce expands sufficiently to sustain them and their families. That’s where you come in. We appreciate that you trust and buy from us, but we sincerely hope that Mudluscious is not your only entry to sustaining the old-fashioned homestead model. Visit the tailgate markets, search out local food suppliers, pay attention at the grocery store. You are doing more than just trying to eat healthier. You become part of the process itself.
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This Saturday, September 28, the North Asheville Tailgate Market will be located in the MAHEC parking lot (instead of their usual location at UNCA). The MAHEC parking lot is located at 118 W.T. Weaver Boulevard just a stones throw from the UNCA roundabout at the Barnard Road intersection.
IMPORTANT: The NATM will be extending it’s hours until 1 PM this Saturday, so all of
their awesome customers have a chance to get their Tailgate Market favorites.
The weather is supposed to be marvelous this weekend. I can’t imagine a more glorious way to spend Saturday morning…gathering goodies for feasting through the weekend and into the week. Fall is hinting its arrival. Revel in LOCAL FOOD while you can!
WHY will they be at MAHEC? The Citizen Times Marathon is passing through UNCA this Saturday.
The ASAP Farm Tour is SO much fun. I have attended the Farm Tour multiple times over the years, and each farm we visited was unique and memorable. This is your chance to meet some of your favorite Tailgate Market farmers right on their farms, see the farm, and get a feel for how farming works. The Farm Tour runs from 1-6 p.m. on this Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & September 22.
I suggest wearing good shoes for tromping around and adventuring. Bring an ice chest in case you want to buy something at the farm, and water to drink, snacks, and a sun hat/sunscreen. Some farms are selling treats or even wood-fired pizza! (Read the guide.) We always end up lingering longer than we planned on each farm, so get an early start. Plan to be at the first farm right after one o’clock. Do not arrive early. Most of these farmers sell at the Tailgate Markets on Saturday and will barely have gotten home before the Farm Tour begins at 1 p.m.
The Farm Tour is affordable too. Your entry fee covers your entire carload. For more information and where to buy tickets...click here.
Written two days ago on September 18, 2014.
Maybe this glass of wine is making me wax sentimental, but it has been a sentimental day. My beautiful stepdaughter Amelia had her second son today. He is a magical being who only earlier today was clothed in the secrecy of his mother’s womb. At breakfast his “self” was a mystery to all of us. He was born on his father’s birthday and only one week after his older brother’s fourth birthday. They named him Lucas.
Amelia delivered him within 20 minutes of checking in to the birthing center. Whoa fellow mothers…that is impressive! That is strong. But you know this already …motherhood IS a strong endeavor – full of heart and soul that traces its story all the way back to the first Mother and makes its way down through the ages in an unbroken chain to this very day. To this very dear and pure child.
Amelia’s mother sent pictures and a tiny video (he moved!) that brought us to tears and smiles. The miracle of the child. The radiant holy family. The expression on big brother’s face as he meets his new baby brother for the first time. Lucas is bursting open the floodgates of our hearts. We cry. We smile. We rejoice that all is well.
Our family has been touched by magic and beauty in a big way today. We fall on our knees in gratitude for all that is good and beautiful in our world. But any of us can walk outside right now and claim the magnificence that abounds in our lives. Let us enchant our children and ourselves, let us fall in love, let us be staggered by the depths of incomprehension. We don’t need any special school degrees to be awestruck by the harvest moon. Or the inky sky that slowly blues as the sun rises. The sweet taste of water. Apples. The last-of-summer clouds flying by in a fall sky. Spinach sprouts pushing up through the soil. A red leaf. The rising symphony of crickets, cicadas and frogs. The taste of sun and soil on your garden potatoes. The way fingers work. Soup. The red-tailed hawk that flies above your car as you drive to town. Let us treasure all of this and more. Let us be kind to our planet and its natural abundance – our home – so that Lucas and Asher and all our children can discover the miracle and wonder that is our Earth. Our Mother.
This poplar food event benefits the Black Mountain Tailgate Market. Love the market? Or just love good local food and Pisgah beer? Get a ticket so you can sample the delicious creations of Black Mountain chefs made from locally grown and produced foods, and sip awesome Pisgah brews – along with music by local favs, the Crooked Pine Band.
Where? On the field at Pisgah Brewing Company, 150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain, NC
When? Thursday, September 16 from 4-7 p.m.
Kid friendly? Yes…face painting, special play area, and fun kid activities
Get Tickets: $20, kids 12 and under are free – At the Black Mountain Tailgate Market on Saturdays, In Black Mountain at the Merry Wine Market, and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/451533
Participating chefs are: Cookie Hadley, The Morning Glory Café; Carl Tayloe, Que Sera; Kris Hegge and Bud Rainey, Louise’s Kitchen; Mark Tomczak, FRESH Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta and Marcus Duarte, The Red Radish.
The locally known and loved, Crooked Pine Band, featuring Craig Bannerman, Frank McConnell and Marion Boatwright, will perform their special brand of Appalachian-Americana roots music.
Show your love Asheville! There are just about 10 tickets left for the inaugural Montford Farmers Market Feast. The 4 course, family style meal – a true farm to table event – will be prepared by chefs Jacob Sessoms of Table and Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24. That means delicious! The ingredients will come straight from the farmers and vendors at the Wednesday Montford Farmer’s. That means F R E S H!
- 7 pm: Mixer and wine tasting at Tod’s Tasties in Montford.
- 7:30: Dinner will be served ~ with live music accompanying the view of the sun setting over the city.
- Vegetarian options available.
- Please bring your own plate. Sliverware and glassware will be provided.
Where: TOD’S TASTIES, 102 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
When: Wednesday, August 21 from 7-9
Why:? Delicious food, great people, LOCAL love.
How much? $40
Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7670056345
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/492788070815938/permalink/499251246836287/