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Asheville Area Offers Foraging Events Feed Growing Interest in Wild Edibles

Asheville Area Foraging

Even though foraging – the act of searching for, identifying and collecting food resources in the wild – sustained our ancestors, it’s become a lost art in modern times. But recent years have seen renewed interest in learning those ancient skills, and Western North Carolina’s rich ecosystem offers ample opportunity to dive into the foraging movement. From classes to workshops to walking tours, there are many ways to learn about and enjoy wild edibles. Here are a few to check out around the Asheville area. 

No Taste Like Home

This foraging education outfit, one of the largest in the region, offers unique “forage-to-table” tours: Led by expert guides, these family-friendly tours uncover at least a dozen wild edibles, including ones you might find in your own backyard. The tour teaches how to gather and cook up a tasting. Students also have the option to bring their finds to a participating Asheville restaurant to have them crafted into a free appetizer. No Taste Like Home’s “wild food stroll” at the Omni Grove Park Inn offers the option to dine at the Inn’s Vue 1913 post-stroll and enjoy an appetizer featuring edibles highlighted on the tour.

Asheville Mushroom Club

Asheville Area ForagingMembers in this club range from beginning collectors to professional mycologists. The club holds monthly meetings led by experts on different aspects of fungi identification, folklore, cultivation and culinary preparation. The club also leads a number of foraging “forays” around Western North Carolina, ranging from day trips to camping excursions.

Wild Abundance

This permaculture and homesteading school located in the mountains of Western North Carolina just outside Asheville offers foraging classes and herbal medicine courses to impart knowledge and skills to gather wild plants safely and sustainably. Learn to find tasty wild treats and herbs to support vibrant health. Wild Abundance also offers an Immersive Permaculture Design Certificate to learn about wild edges of homesteads and gardens, as well as wild plants through the seasons.

The Firefly Gathering’s Perennial Firefly 

This grassroots, community-based organization in Western North Carolina provides educational and cultural workshops, including foraging courses and walks, through its Perennial Firefly program. Its popular Wild Mushrooms & Fungi Identification Walk teaches mushroom ecology, safety tips related to fungi as wild food, ethical harvesting practices, and more.

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Mosaic Realty Helps Bring Exciting Autumn Events to Asheville Area

Wortham Arts Mosaic Realty

Wortham Arts Mosaic RealtyMosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has a deep history of helping many Asheville-area organizations, with Mosaic agents and employees donating to and volunteering with a wide array of groups that advocate for the vitality and health of our community. Since its inception, Mosaic has given well over $750,000 to hundreds of nonprofits and events. Following are a few fall events around Asheville that Mosaic is proud to sponsor.

Wortham Center Presents

Every fall, the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, a three-venue complex in downtown Asheville comprising Diana Wortham Theatre, Tina McGuire Theatre and Henry LaBrun Studio, kicks off Wortham Center Presents. This popular annual season of national and international touring artists boasts live and virtual performances, bringing the best in music, dance, theater and special attractions. Past headliners include Pilobolus, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Black Violin, Paula Poundstone, Rhiannon Giddons, Bela Fleck, and DIAVOLO.

West Asheville Garden Stroll

This volunteer-organized, free community event opens up selected West Asheville gardens to the public. Held every year on the second Saturday of September, the tour features everything from creative to funky to picturesque private and community gardens. Annual themes tie the featured gardens together, with music and entertainment kicking off the event. Attendees can meet experienced gardeners, and explore established gardens as well as newer ones, learning about solutions for such challenges as shade and small spaces, and strategies for growing vegetables, fruits and herbs. They can also learn about incorporating art and creative hardscaping into gardens.

Blue Ridge Pride AshevilleBlue Ridge Pride Festival

Celebrating the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, Asheville’s Blue Ridge Pride Festival is held every September in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park. Two stages feature regional musicians and entertainers, and 150 vendors and organizations showcase a range of food, accessories, entertainment and educational materials. There’s also a kids’ area with mobile art lab, bounce house and more.

To find out more ways Mosaic supports the Asheville community throughout the year, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/donations-volunteer-program/. And for more information about real estate anywhere in the Asheville area, contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Sapphire, N.C., Sparkles With Mountain Beauty and Outdoor Excitement

Sapphire NC

Sapphire NCFor a family-friendly resort feel year-round, the tiny town of Sapphire, N.C., is the spot to be. Home to world-class golf courses, miles of hiking, thrilling ziplining and even a small ski resort, Sapphire encapsulates all the enticing features for which Western North Carolina is famed.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains 55 miles southwest of Asheville, Sapphire, named for the gemstone once plentiful in the area, features a range of mountain homes, many set amid rolling hills and boasting stunning vistas. Everything from quaint cottages to low-maintenance townhomes to gated-community estates is available.

From ski slopes to summer ziplines

A unique feature of Sapphire is the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort, a compact and easily accessible ski area complete with a 1,600-foot main run, a learning slope, and a multi-lane tube park. The resort offers a ski school as well as equipment rentals. During warmer months, the resort switches gears to host such activities as ziplining, outdoor concerts, and arts festivals. 

Visitors to Sapphire can also enjoy activities such as tennis, summer tubing, pickleball and foot golf. Sapphire National Golf Club, set against a stunning mountain backdrop, is popular for its premier playing conditions and dramatic elevation changes.

Flowing with waterfalls, hiking and biking

The Sapphire area is also home to plenty of hiking, mountain biking and waterfall trails. Popular nearby destinations include Whitewater Falls, at 811 feet the highest waterfall east of the Rockies; Gorges State Park and Lake Toxaway; Whitewater Equestrian Center, for an afternoon of horseback riding in the Cashiers plateau; and Panthertown Valley, which is part of Nantahala National Forest and boasts more than 30 miles of trails for hiking and biking. 

Nearby Lake Glenville serves up 26 miles of shoreline, a high-elevation lake perfect for boating and water-skiing, and great bass fishing. There’s also a sand beach and swimming area, as well as a forest-shrouded trail leading to picturesque High Falls.

For more information about real estate in Sapphire, or anywhere in Asheville or Western N.C., contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Experience Camping and Boating Along the French Broad River Paddle Trail

French Broad River Paddle Trail

French Broad River Paddle TrailAsheville and Western North Carolina are home to a range of outdoor recreational activities, a large portion of them tied to the French Broad River. This 218-mile waterway is one of the oldest in the world, slicing through scenic stretches of North Carolina and Tennessee. One enchanting way to experience this popular river is via the French Broad River Paddle Trail.

The French Broad River Paddle Trail, created and operated by MountainTrue and RiverLink, offers access to a series of public campsites along the French Broad, connecting more than 140 miles of river, from the headwaters in Rosman, N.C., to Tennessee’s Douglas Lake. The recreational watercraft trail traverses everything from calm flat waters, perfect for beginners, to exhilarating whitewater, with a mix of class I, II and III rapids. The trail through Buncombe County is wider and shallower, offering mostly flat water through Asheville.

Tranquil settings

Campsites along the French Broad Paddle Trail are open year-round, and are spaced strategically to allow paddlers to reach sites within a single day, at the most. (The longest distance between campsites is 15 miles.) The campsites are paddle-in only, which offers a tranquil seclusion not typically experienced at car-camping sites. 

Campsites are $25 per night, and can be reserved at https://frenchbroadpaddle.com/reservations-2/. Three additional campsites by RiverLink are free and open to the public, without reservations.

You can learn more about access points, campsite amenities, trip suggestions and other logistical needs at https://frenchbroadpaddle.com

Environmental advocates for Western N.C.

The trail’s creators and operators have long advocated for the region’s environmental vitality. Through a focus on sensible land use, forest health, and water quality, MountainTrue champions policies that allow people and the environment to thrive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville-based RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vibrancy of the French Broad River and its watershed, creating permanent public access to this important waterway through conservation and recreation easements, rehabbing contaminated lands for public use with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers annually.

For more information about properties near the French Broad River Paddle Trail, or anywhere in Asheville or Western North Carolina, contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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