Garden Journal

Set your soul free: It’s time to get back to the land by way of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 12th annual Mountain Farm and Garden Tour. Twenty-five local farms in Madison, Yancey, Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson counties are participating this time around. The goal of the event is to increase awareness and support for local, sustainable agriculture. The group will hold a kick-off event at Greenlife Grocery on Thursday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature grilled local food, local beer and local music by Wiseapple. The tour runs on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. Tickets for the whole tour are $20 per car in advance/$25 during the event, or $10 per car per farm for those who only want to visit one or two sites. Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at any participating farm on the day of the event. Advance tix are available at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Black Mountain Tailgate Maket, Black Mountain Farmer’s Market, Trout Lily Market, Reem’s Creek Nursery, French Broad Food Co-op, Greenlife, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Early Girl Eatery, Tomato Jam Cafe, the North Star Diner, Hendersonville Community Co-op, Poppie’s Gourmet Market, Transylvania County Tailgate Market, Appalachian Java, Fox Brothers Country Store and the Yancey County Farmer’s Market. “Tickets” include an I.D. button and a map of the tour.

Smarter produce? The Warren Wilson College Garden Market is now open for the summer. The market is open on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the garden, and on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Gladfelter patio. Just follow the signs from Warren Wilson College Road to the market. Contact Karen Joslin at for more information.

About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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