family farm tour 2010

fam farm

I am so excited to share with you guys a fantastic event Family Farm Tour 2010, organized  by the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project, is your invitation to visit 37 farms and gardens throughout six counties in Western North Carolina. The region is home to agriculture of all kinds, ranging from century farms cultivated by the same family for generations, to certified organic farms, to urban gardens. It is NEXT weekend!

June 26 and 27 from 1-6pm

purchase a button for $25 HERE

you can Volunteer HERE 

Here is the low down from the ASAP on what you can expect from the Family Farm Day!

Here’s how it works: Get a farm tour map and button. Gather your friends, fill a car, choose the farms you want to visit, and plan a route. There are more than enough choices to fill a schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Come with a cooler and your appetite. A variety of vegetables and fruits, trout, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, artisan cheeses, herbs, mushrooms, honey, garlic, preserves, and much more are available to sample or for sale. Products including yarn, soap, and crafts are offered as well.

Watch animals such as bison, llamas, baby lambs, and bunnies. See traditional skills in practice—and even try them out yourself—during demonstrations of border collie shepherding, outdoor apple butter making, milking, the maple syrup tapping process, and wool spinning. Or, learn about new ideas during a tour of renewable energy systems, see a hydroponics system, visit an edible landscape, or explore a garden labyrinth. Eat bread fresh from a wood fired oven and artisan ice cream, and stop for a picnic at one of the many beautiful farms along the way.

HOW AMAZING is this? I can not wait! Jack is going to LOVE Family Farm Day!! Are you going? Please let me know if you are!!

My good blogging buddy and fellow sustainable living, garden growing, organic eating, cow buying, MOMMY BLOGGER OF THE YEAR, Erin would LOVE this too! Too bad she’s in Kansas! Just click your heels sister and come with us!


xoxo, Mama Bird

Christmas Tree Debacle~ Show us Your Life!

One of the first Christmas Traditions that we started when Hubs and I got married was going to the Mountains the day after Thanksgiving to pick out our Christmas Tree. Hub’s family used to have a mountain house that sits directly beside a Aldridge’s Tree Farm and so that is where we have gone for the past 4 yrs. The pic is from last year, due to some unforeseen events yesterday we didn’t get the best pics.

So, our day started out just as always j was up at 6 and ready to go. We headed out and up the mountain early and I suggested to take a “short cut” from Blowing Rock to Banner Elk that shaves off quit a bit of time. We took the same route up last year and little did I know that the insanely curvy & narrow road would make my little guy CAR SICK! Oh yes, vomit everywhere. I thought I was going to vomit! It was 35 degrees with wind that almost blew the door off and here we are on the side of this crazy road with a SCREAMING, half-naked 2 yr old! After cleaning as much up as possible we strapped him back in the now referred to “Bomb-it” seat and began my Google Search for somewhere to buy clothes. No such luck had to take a right on 105 and go all the way back to Boone on BLACK FRIDAY to buy clothes. Old Navy, was insane, really insane. I tried to offer a worker $40 cash for my $25 worth of clothing just to avoid the check out line. Again, no luck! Finally, I turn failure into triumph and headed to an old favorite lunch spot The Red Onion and yep, the pesto-chicken pizza was as yummy as I remembered.

We got to the Fraser Forest and I picked out a tree in record time (it was freezing). The trees were as beautiful as ever and as we were leaving I spotted our tree for next year!

Through all the tears and the cold wind and horrible vomit smell it was still a really nice family day. I think these are the memories that will surly make me laugh out loud!!

Last years tree.