I love reading and collecting cookbooks, but lately I have not been in the mood to cook. Now before you think, “That is a great way to lose weight.” Notice, I did not say I was not in the mood to eat, just not cook. Thus, when I saw Susan Murray’s Our Family Table: Recipes & Lessons from a Life Abroad at Addison Farms Vineyard’s A Handcrafted Christmas event this past weekend, I decided it was time for culinary inspiration. Susan and her husband, James, are the charming innkeepers of Carolina Bed and Breakfast in the historic Montford neighborhood of Asheville. We have partnered with them on a Sandy Mush Fall Farms and Artisans Tour the past couple of years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and hearing stories of their travel adventures. If you were at Addison Farms this past weekend, then you were treated to some of Susan’s delectable specialties. Lucky you!
While on that topic, thanks to everyone who came out to Addison Farms Vineyard this past weekend and supported our farmland conservation efforts in Sandy Mush. We raised $500, and Jeff and Dianne Frisbee, owners of Addison Farms Vineyard generously matched that $500 for a total donation of $1000 to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to support the continued conservation efforts in Sandy Mush.
Back to culinary inspiration, I have thumbed through recipes, invited friends over to dinner and now heading to the market to gather ingredients. Soon to be out of my culinary rut, or so my friends and Glenn hope! A few bites I am considering to whet the appetite…Bourbon Grape Truffles…Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus….
Wishing you all inspiration,
We enjoyed a beautiful Sunday hike in September on the Everett farm, which was known as The McCracken Place when I was growing up. It was fun to hear the history and stories that Dave shared of this place and the families who had called it home. This historic farm has been lovingly restored by Dave and Kim with a lot of hard work and passion. That is something that all farmers must certainly have, a passion for farming and a strong work ethic. It is wonderful to live in a community where so many have that love and commitment.
We are fortunate that Dave and Kim bought this farm from Henry and Lula, and have dedicated their energy to tending to it and have also made the larger commitment to our community by preserving this farm with a conservation easement. I know so many value and gain pleasure from seeing this farm each day as they enter and leave our valley, and I know Henry would be pleased to see how well his family’s farm is being tended. Thank you Dave and Kim!
We had a stunning and memorable hike, and many thanks to Betty and Robin Reeves for their conservation efforts in preserving this beautiful farm. This is a community and agricultural heritage asset. You will notice the cows grazing in the summer mountaintop pasture; this is Robin’s beef herd, some of which originated from my father’s beef cattle stock many years ago.
We are excited to be having our 2nd Annual Cycle to Farm Event in Sandy Mush. Everyone had a great time last year, and we look forward to even more cyclists and more fun this year. Our friends at Addison Farms Vineyard will once again host our start/finish and Fabulous After Party. Come on out and join us and bring your friends. Registration deadline is October 1st. Cycle and meet your farmers of Gaining Ground Farm, Beulah Farm, Sandy Hollar Farm and Full Sun Farm. After enjoying the beautiful ride along farm country with fall colors as the backdrop, cyclists will get an extra special treat at our Sandy Mush CTF because local potter, Matt Jones, and his intern are making lovely and useful bowls for you to enjoy your farm to table meal of Brunswick stew and to take home as a memento of your Sandy Mush adventure.
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Cycle To Farm: Sandy Mush, NC
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