Blog :: 07-2018

Locally Grown, Fresh-Cut Flowers Flourish in Asheville

Asheville Local Flowers

Summer is in full bloom, and so are Asheville-area flower farms and greenhouses. For fresh cuts of everything from peonies and poppies to zinnias and dahlias, the sources are abundant. Flower farms provide their wares at farmer’s markets across the area, or through flower bouquet shares (similar to CSA shares). Some farms also offer pick-your-own options for guests to create custom clusters. Additionally, area greenhouses are brimming with colorful blooms to add a dash to your home. Following, a few farms and greenhouses to make buds with:

Flying Cloud Farm – This Fairview farm sells its blooms in mixed bouquets at the River Arts District Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays) and the North Asheville Tailgate Market (Saturdays), as well as at its farm roadside stand everyday May through mid-October. In addition, you can pick your own at the farm mid-July through mid-October.

Asheville Flower FarmFull Sun Farm – Flowers from this Leicester farm are available at both the River Arts District and North Asheville markets, with mixed bouquets and sunflower bunches among its most popular. The farm also offers fresh-picked field flowers for weddings and other special events, as well as pick-your-own flowers by the bucket.

Lady Luck Flower Farm – If you’re looking for a seasonal bouquet, you’re in luck – Lady Luck, to be precise. This farm in Leicester grows a variety of flowers from spring to fall, of which they hand-select the perfect blooms to create bouquets for sale at French Broad Food Co-op May through October. Lady Luck holds periodic Community U-Pick Flowers Days, usually in July and August, where they open up the farm for visitors to pick as many flowers as they’d like.

Flora – This botanical boutique in the heart of West Asheville offers fresh-cut flowers and arrangements to brighten your home. Shop for a range of blooms, from unique varieties to locally grown staples, in a small but stunning setting.

Jack Young Greenhouses – Located in Candler, this locally owned greenhouse, in business for nearly half a century, is a popular destination not just for its wide selection of blooms, but also for on-site events throughout the season that appeal to the entire family. The greenhouse prides itself in ethically sourcing plants with a strong devotion to sustainability.

Area Groceries – An easy option for locally grown, fresh-cut bouquets is your local grocery. West Village Market & Deli, Earthfare’s Westgate and South locations, and French Broad Food Co-op are all urban options for buying blooms to weave a little of the outdoors into your indoors.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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In Asheville, GreenWorks' Hard 2 Recycle Events Make for a More Eco-Friendly Move

Asheville Greenworks Hard to Recycle

Moving is never an easy task. The to-do list in preparation for the undertaking can be long and laborious. Keeping the environment in mind when planning a move may be the last thing you want to worry about, but it’s easier than you think. Doing little things like opting for eco-friendly moving containers and supplies can cut back on excessive cardboard uses, and greatly reduce the amount of unfriendly packing materials you might use, like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam. Additionally, finding ways to soundly dispose of hard-to-recycle items you might not want to move – think that old television, dusty, unused books, or a dilapidated table – can help reduce moving costs AND stay kind to the environment.

Recycling AshevilleAsheville GreenWorks offers an easy solution with its Hard 2 Recycle events. Founded in 2011 by Rainbow Recycling, the free events bring to the public an awareness of alternate modes of recycling in Buncombe County. Held five times throughout the year (four events around the county and one central event in downtown Asheville), Hard 2 Recycle aims to collect and divert items that would otherwise end up crowding a landfill.

Working with various community businesses to recycle or repurpose discarded items, Hard 2 Recycle will accept everything from electronics, appliances, Styrofoam and packing peanuts to furniture, hardware, plumbing, rolls of chain link, even cooking oil. Finding the next Hard 2 Recycle event is simple; just visit http://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/hard-2-recycle.html for a schedule, along with which items will be accepted at the upcoming event.

If you’re planning to move, taking advantage of the next Hard 2 Recycle event – either to avoid moving unnecessary items, or to properly dispose of any hard-to-recycle packing materials you may use in the move – is just one way of applying an eco-friendly approach to the task. Here are some other ways to do so:

·     Asheville Greenworks Hard to Recycle  Instead of buying a bunch of brand-new moving boxes – which usually last for a handful of uses before they need to be recycled – ask friends or local businesses if they have any you can take off their hands. You can get creative with moving containers as well. Suitcases, laundry baskets, clean garbage bins, furniture drawers and trash bags can all pull double duty when transporting possessions.

·       Substitute packing materials like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts with more eco-friendly options. You can wrap and cushion delicate items with blankets, towels, sheets or clothing.

·       Moving your belongings yourself, in piecemeal, may seem like a good idea, but the back-and-forth car trips can tax the environment. Instead, leave the job to the movers on your designated moving day, and concentrate on packing efficiently so as to minimize the number of boxes they’ll need to transport.

For more information about Asheville or about real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. 

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Kid-Friendly Fun Is Hopping at These Asheville-Area Breweries

Brewery Asheville Kid Friendly

In Asheville, enjoying the craft-beer scene goes beyond simply sitting back and sipping: Thanks to everything from state-of-the-art spaces and informative tours to live entertainment, lawn games and scenic surroundings, a number of area breweries are becoming destinations for the entire family. Following, a few spots that supply fun for adults and kids alike:

New Belgium Brewing Company

This brewery, situated in the heart of Asheville by the French Broad River, is surrounded by an expansive lawn perfect for tossing a ball, a roomy deck for watching the action along the water, and paths for exploring native gardens or bike-riding. Take the entire family on a free all-ages tour of New Belgium’s operations, or enjoy the outdoor shows the brewery hosts throughout the warmer months. On-site food trucks mean you can make an afternoon of your visit.

Highland Brewing Company

Kid Friendly Breweries AshevilleThe tasting room of this East Asheville brewery, open year-round, offers a spacious, family-friendly space to enjoy a beer and live music, which Highland hosts throughout the year. In the warmer months, the entertainment moves to the Meadow, a green space surrounded by trees perfect for energetic kids to run around in. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic along with your beer, or grab a bite from a rotating roster of popular food trucks.

Wedge Brewing Co.

With two locations in the River Arts District, The Wedge offers plenty of opportunities to make a family evening of your brewery outing. Enjoy a range of live music and outdoor movies in the summer months, or play a game of corn hole as the sun sets.

Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

This popular brewery, boasting three Asheville locations, is the epitome of family-friendly. The North Asheville location is a combo pizza place, dine-in movie theater, and brewpub, and also features an airy game room perfect for letting the kids loose while you enjoy one of their many on-tap beers. The downtown location has a large covered patio for taking in the South Slope scene while you savor a meal and a brew.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Asheville Beer and BreweriesThis Mills River destination, against an Appalachian backdrop, stuns with its state-of-the-art brewery, restaurant and taproom, along with both an indoor entertainment space and outdoor amphitheater hosting free concerts. The Visitor Corridor offers the entire family a bird’s-eye view of the stunning brewhouse, warehouse and packaging hall from its raised mezzanine. Lounge in the large outdoor area, stroll through the gardens, or play a game of cornhole or bocce ball.

Oskar Blues Brewery

This Brevard brewery features live music from local and regional bands, farmer’s markets, and Monday music jams for all skill levels, guaranteeing your little ones will have lots to enjoy. Grab a bite from the CHUBwagon food truck and enjoy a family evening at the outdoor patio bar.

For more information about Asheville or real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Building a New Home Requires the Right Tools

New Construction Green Home Asheville

Asheville has seen a new-construction boom in recent years, thanks to an influx of buyers looking for fresh, modern, green or more centrally located homes in popular neighborhoods. While it’s easy to believe that a newly built home translates to a headache-free real estate transaction, new construction carries its own set of cautionary guidelines. Finding an agent who can navigate the ins and outs of a new-construction purchase is key to getting the best out of your experience. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty have the knowhow to guide you through the process smoothly, eliminating the headaches that can come with venturing into unfamiliar territory. Below, a few pointers to get you started:

  • New Construction Asheville HomeIf you’re purchasing a home before or during construction, make sure the building specifics are adequately defined so there is no question about finishes. A Mosaic agent can clue you in to which details you need to know – floor plans and spec sheets are but two of the specifics – and from whom to secure the information.
  • If the seller or builder is perhaps just starting out and lacks some experience, you will want the due diligence period to run beyond completion of construction. That way, you have time to terminate the deal if the house is not completed to spec.
  • Did you know that even if you’re building a new home, you should still be ready to perform a regular home inspection and radon test? While green-built homes already come radon-tested, other types of new-home construction may not.
  • Newly constructed homes don’t generally come with things like mailboxes or bathroom hardware – think towel rods and toilet paper holders. An adept agent will know what to look for on spec sheets, and can help you determine which missing pieces you’ll need to supply yourself.
  • Always make sure you have a one-year warranty as part of new construction. A Mosaic agent can help you nail down the right contract or addendum to protect your new investment.
  • Did you know you can pay for blinds or window treatments but have the builder install them? A knowledgeable agent can help you think through ancillary items like these that you may want to add on during construction of your new home.

Tips like these are only a start; if you’re ready to build or buy a new-construction home in Asheville, and want a thorough plan and expert direction that thoughtfully encompasses all of your needs, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190, or get in touch with any of Mosaic’s selling agents at info@mymosaicrealty.com.

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