One of the many delights of owning a bed and breakfast in Asheville is the easy availability of locally grown, organic food. There are abundant resources in our town to procure regionally sourced organic produce. The North Asheville Tail Gate Market, Earth Fare, Whole Foods and also many local farms contribute to the healthy, sustainable, diverse and profuse offerings in our area. There have been other offshoot business opportunities taking advantage of the seemingly insatiable longings Asheville has for this product like Mother Earth Produce; basically a family owned, year round delivery service making regional and organic foods easily and affordably available to customers by collecting the offerings grown on local farms and delivering them.
Organic growers commit to no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and the utilization of crop rotation to further create a sustainably nutrient rich soil which results in good yield of crops. There are many farms in the Asheville area growing organic, likely inspired by the firm community support they have found in this area of North Carolina. Even the restaurants in this area patronize these businesses as farm to table dining experience is not the exception in Asheville~ but rather the rule with the proliferation of these establishments increasing daily.
Knowledge is power! Ashevillians have a yearly opportunity to gain the most up to date information available regarding the value of regionally sourced produce due to the sheer numbers of vendors in our area. Their commitment to sharing that knowledge and helping to provide current information to others is reflected in the Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference. This year heralds the 24th year of this well attended event. Attendees may be local farmers, retirees deciding to create a personal garden or school kids interested in organic processes for a school project all converging together to learn all about the latest best practices in organic growing. Food growing classes, workshops on everything from raising chickens or goats to baking bread to vermicomposting (composting with the help of wiggly worm friends,) and more comprise only some of the learning opportunities available. Event: Organic Growers School Spring Conference Where: UNCA Campus Date: March 10 (pre-conference) March 11 and March 12, 2017. Cost: $129.00 for entire weekend. $99 for whole weekend if registered by midnight 1-31-2017. Registration is also available by the day. Contact for registering: Phone: 828-214-7833 or online is available at: organic growers school. org.
Our guests love the breakfasts we serve here at the inn. Breakfast service is always fresh, largely locally sourced and served around a community table rife with stimulating, jovial conversation, under glowing candles destined to create an experience that only an Asheville Bed and Breakfast can deliver. The use of organic, locally sourced food is no small part of that experience.