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Flowers, flowers, everywhere

A new wave of flowers and ornamentals got planted today. Some seedlings from the greenhouse, others direct-sown seed — zinias, cosmos, impatients, nasturtiums, edible flower mix, coleus. Many went in front of the house — around the spiral and above the walls and stairs. So green and lush everywhere! Judging from the blackberries and insects, […]
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variety please…

I know we need the rain … it’s been terribly dry for months and months. Though, a little variety on both ends of that spectrum would be preferable to the all-or-nothing philosophy that the rain gods have been practicing this year. Might I request, mother nature, that you sprinkle some sunshine into the wet weeks […]
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Fundraiser Success!!

Smiles, to me, are what make an event a success. And guests of the Slow Food Asheville fundraiser held at our farm last Saturday were all smiles. The event was also a success in raising funds for airfare to get our WNC delegates to Italy next month for the international “Terra Madre” Slow Food conference. […]
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Fundraiser Photos

Each album represents a different day. I recommend the slideshow view. You’ll need to run each day’s slideshow separately. Home » "Mountain Fire" Slow Food Fundraiser » Pig Harvest Day Pig Harvest Day Thursday, Sept. 16, we slaughtered and cleaned the pig that was roasted overnight Friday-Saturday for the Saturday fundraiser. Slideshow View 22 photos […]
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Pig Harvest

Last night, John came back from feeding the pigs some premo slop (I had cleaned out expired canned goods from the pantry earlier in the day), and he announced that one should not pour the slop in such a way that it lands on a pig’s head …. not unless you are prepared to wear […]
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Once in a lifetime…

Plans for the fundraiser are really coming together. Chef Mark has a nice outline for the food-prep and cooking schedule. We have several folks already eager to help out over the three days. Food-prep will start two days prior to the actual Sept. 18 fundraiser … well sort of, since technically you could say food […]
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Countdown to culinary delights…

The Slow Food Asheville “Mountain Fire” Terra Madre Fundraiser is just a month away now. Sunswept will be hosting the event on September 18, which will include a homegrown, scratch-made, medieval fantasy of fire-kissed foods, with a slow-roasted Sunswept Berkshire pig as the centerpiece. The fundraiser will help eight WNC organic farmers and slow food […]
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Is Scribefire the answer?

I’ve been frustrated by the WordPress blog-posting interface. It allows for bulk uploads of images. It also allows for publishing of image galleries so that multiple images can be published as a stand-alone post. But it does not allow me to bulk-insert a bunch of photos into a post all at the same time, and […]
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Jammin’ July

Last week we made some yummy blueberry jam. Before that, we made at least two huge blueberry pies, one 12-inch tart, countless blueberry pancakes, and still there are gallons to put up in the freezer. Yay! I’m contemplating blueberry salsa to go with dinner tonight and am wondering what other unsual ways I can make […]
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ASAP Farm Tour

Our first year on the ASAP Family Farm Tour went quite well. Fifty nine folks from around the region visited the farm over the weekend — many more than we expected given our off-the-beaten-track location. The two volunteers from ASAP were great. They greeted folks and picked berries for visitors to munch. Other munchables we […]
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