Watauga County Farmers’ Market – Weekly Update

I can’t say it often enough, if you are in the area and like locally grown food, swing into the “Market”. Whenever we are in the high country it ranks at the top of our list of must do stops. In fact, I have been known to schedule our visits to coincide with market days to allow us to stock the kitchen with great food at the beginning of our stay.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market has been enjoying quite a successful 35th season this far. There is a new row of vendors between the Horn in the West main office and ticket office, offering everything from garden plants to veggies to prepared foods. There are still plenty of open parking spots for shoppers, so if you have not been to the market in a while you will be in for quite a few pleasant surprises.

The times of the Wednesday markets are also changed for this year’s market. The market will be open from 4-7 starting June 17 instead of the morning times of past years. We hope you will find the new hours more convenient and enjoy the additional events we have planned for the Wednesday markets. The first attraction will be the music of Southern Exposure on the 17th. There will be plenty of fresh edibles for your mid week meals, so do plan to stop by.

One of the things that always made me a bit sad was that I didn’t have a garden in the mountains to allow me to bring home some of the live plants for sale at each market I’ve attended over the years.

via May 30, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

Orchard at Altapass to reopen

News from the web…

The Historic Orchard at Altapass will host a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with free live music, activities for children and giveaways.

The music starts at 1 p.m. with Jann Welch and Alan Tinney and their upbeat mix of folk, country and surprises. Then at 2:30 p.m., join Terry McKinney with his mountain “Opry” show featuring heaps of musical talent. While you tap your toes to the authentic mountain music, the talented staff will serve up ice cream and famous Orchard fudge, made fresh by Miss Charlotte right in the Orchard shop. Children can enjoy free face painting and stories. The Orchard Lunch Wagon will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Orchard shop has undergone many changes over the winter. The sales floor has been fully renovated, making way for new merchandise and a new coffee bar offering fine espresso, lattes and cappuccinos.

via Orchard at Altapass to reopen.

Orchard at Altapass to reopen

News from the web…

The Historic Orchard at Altapass will host a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with free live music, activities for children and giveaways.

The music starts at 1 p.m. with Jann Welch and Alan Tinney and their upbeat mix of folk, country and surprises. Then at 2:30 p.m., join Terry McKinney with his mountain “Opry” show featuring heaps of musical talent. While you tap your toes to the authentic mountain music, the talented staff will serve up ice cream and famous Orchard fudge, made fresh by Miss Charlotte right in the Orchard shop. Children can enjoy free face painting and stories. The Orchard Lunch Wagon will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Orchard shop has undergone many changes over the winter. The sales floor has been fully renovated, making way for new merchandise and a new coffee bar offering fine espresso, lattes and cappuccinos.

via Orchard at Altapass to reopen.

May 23, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market

From the morning email…

Watauga County Farmers’ Market will be celebrating Herb and Plant day on May 23 with the music of The Sheets Family. Deborah Jean and Randy Sheets and daughter Kelly are well known for their tight harmonies and are listed in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Directory. We are sure you will enjoy their music this Saturday.

The Wednesday morning markets have been moved to Wednesday afternoons for the 2009 season. The time is tentatively set for 4 – 7PM, starting on June 17.

Find us at the Horn in the West in Boone, turn next to First Citizens Bank on Highway 105 Extension and go to the top of the hill. Call WCFM manager Karen Bauman at 1-828-355-4918 or visit our website at http://wcfm.info for more information. We will be there rain or shine!

via May 23, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement – CBS News

I caught this on Sunday Morning yesterday and found the Asheville stories very interesting…

Mountain air is not enough for a generation determined to ban boredom in retirement. Martha Teichner visited Asheville, N.C., to explore how some are designing more creative retirements:

Americans just aren’t retiring the way they used to …

“We don’t want to just sit down and vegetate,” said Jim Wyatt.

via Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement – CBS News.

It was three years ago today…

Inventing the Myth as I Go

Where am I heading and how will I get there?

You are welcome to come along for the ride. Try not to fall off as we round the curves…

I have tried to do this blog thing before and haven’t managed to develop the discipline to make it work…Blame it on the Floyd County Group of Bloggers for this new try. Fred First and his Fragments From Floyd Blog is inspiring me to begin again in the creation of the myth that is my life. Give me a little time and I’ll try to tie up the loose ends…

via Day One of the next stage of my life… | North Carolina Mountain Dreams.

And  I am still trying to put the words together that will tell the story I want to tell…Three years down and a lifetime to go.

Daily muses have moved to CoffeeMuses.com. Stop over and sit a spell…

May 2, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market Opens

Watauga County Farmers’ Market will be opening for our 35th season on May 2. We are all looking forward to greeting old friends as well as welcoming many new vendors to the market. There will be an even greater range of products at the market this year including new craft items, prepared foods, and local meats. We hope you will be able to find many things to make you life more healthful and enjoyable.

via May 2, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

One of my favorite stops whenever we are in Watauga County. If you are in the area tomorrow, stop by and say high…