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Another trip to the farmer’s market

In a recent post I mentioned that when we were up in the Raleigh area a few weeks ago my friend, Cathy, took us to a state farmer's market. Unfortunately I had forgotten to bring my camera that morning so the only pictures we got were a couple that she took in the restaurant on her phone. She recently sent me a few pictures of the actual farmer's market that she took on a later trip.

These pictures show some of the lovely produce available:

We saw a vegetable there that we had never seen or heard of before; pointy headed cabbage. Have any of you ever heard of this or tried it?

Megan and the children were here this past week visiting and over the weekend we took them up to the Cincinnati area where Jim met us and then we all drove to our respective homes. Rob and I stopped at a visitor's center in North Carolina and I picked up a few brochures about Western North Carolina. One of them was from the state farmer's market in Asheville. I saw in the brochure that it had a restaurant too. We called and found out that they would still be open when we were driving by so we decided to check it out. We purchased a few items from the market and then had a very enjoyable meal at the restaurant which is called The Moose Cafe. I would highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.

Here's a rather generic view of the market itself:

Here's the sign for the restaurant:

Here is the giant mascot and a view of the hundreds of canning jars which are part of the decor:

This is the lovely view we had from our table:

This was my meal; cornbread, vegetable soup, chicken and dumplings, green beans, and coleslaw (we had already polished off some fresh biscuits with apple butter!):

If you are ever in the Asheville or Raleigh area I would definitely recommend that you check out the state farmer's markets.


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A lovely weekend

Our neighbor, Mary's son, Garrison was married recently in Raleigh, North Carolina. We were able to attend the wedding and we were able to stay with our friends, Cathy and David, who live in the area.

Here are the bride and her father walking down the long staircase:

Here is Mary with her son, Garrison, and her new daughter-in-law, Lauren.

Garrison and Lauren both taught in China for a year and they chose to serve Chinese finger foods for the appetizers before the wedding dinner.

The dinner was delicious and the table settings and flowers were especially pretty.

The new couple will be residing in Florida where the groom will be completing another year of training.

We drove up to the Raleigh area on Friday and the wedding wasn't until Saturday evening. On Saturday morning Cathy took us to a wonderful farmer's market in Raleigh. She told us that NC has two state farmer's markets: one in Raleigh and one in Asheville. The market was huge and had aisle after aisle of fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, and flowers. I tried to restrain myself, but couldn't resist buying a box of tomatoes for canning. We ate a delicious breakfast at the restaurant at the market. People were lined up out the door waiting for tables and we could see why.

Cathy also took us on a tour of their printing business, Millenium Printing. The Lord has blessed their business and it was amazing to see some of the things that they have been able to produce.

On Sunday we went to church (I often listen to their pastor on BBN) and out to lunch and then back to Cathy and David's for a picture session before heading back home.

We had a very enjoyable visit and took the scenic way to Charlotte, driving on routes US 64 and NC 49 and then catching I-85 going right by IKEA to come back to Greenville. On NC 49 we stopped for a coffee/ice cream/bathroom break at Coffee Central in Richfield, North Carolina and enjoyed talking with the owner of the shop there.

I tried something new for canning some of the tomatoes. I had been reading about Tattler canning lids for a couple of years now and bought one box of them this spring at the Mast General Store. The lids have removable rubber rings and they are reusable. They are a bit pricey initially but they can be re-used several times. I thought they were easy to use and was pleased that all my jars sealed properly. Have any of you heard of or used Tattler lids?


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