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Asheville Elevates the Art of Downtown Living

Pack Square Park Asheville

Asheville is synonymous with lots of things – wide-ranging outdoor activities, a world-class craft beer scene, unparalleled mountain vistas – but urban oasis? Many would be surprised to learn that at the heart of Asheville’s natural beauty sits a compact, livable downtown district brimming with big-city amenities, arts, entertainment, eateries, markets, gyms … the list goes on. Living in downtown Asheville puts all of these conveniences within easy walking distance – making it simple to ditch the car and reduce that carbon footprint!

First Up, Downtown Asheville is Foodtopia

Grove Arcade Market AshevilleThere’s no shortage of dining options in downtown Asheville – everything from brunch hotspots Over Easy CaféEarly Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey  to bustling brew pubs Wicked Weed Brewery , LAB , Bhramari Brewing Co. to dessert destinations French Broad Chocolates , Karen Donatelli , just to name a few. Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Pop into the locally owned artisan and discount food shop Hopey & Co.’s  downtown location, or make a quick stop at French Broad Food Co-op to pick up all your meal-making necessities. And every Saturday morning, you can visit the Asheville City Market for farm-fresh produce, meat, dairy and local artisan products.

Asheville: Enriching – and Entertaining

Asheville Civic CenterLook for culturally rich programs and entertainment in downtown Asheville, and you won’t be disappointed. Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Pack Memorial Library also features performances and a range of organized activities for all ages. Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science, or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum.

Catch a Movie, See a Play

Getting to the movies to see first-run, art and independent films is easy in downtown Asheville, thanks to the Fine Arts Theatre and the recently opened Grail Moviehouse. When you’re ready to see top-notch plays – or if you’d like to be in one yourself – visit Asheville Community Theatre or the N.C. Stage Company.

Get Fit Right in Downtown

YMCA Downtown AshevilleWalking the streets of downtown can be a workout in itself, but if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, the district boasts a YMCA (which sports two pools, basketball and racquetball courts, along with the traditional wellness center) as well as a Climbmax Climbing gym, with indoor and outdoor facilities.

Places to Park It

Partaking of all Asheville has to offer can be exhausting; luckily, the downtown area is replete with parks for relaxing, meeting up with friends, or simply people-watching. Pack Square, surrounded by the art deco treasures Asheville is famed for, presents the perfect spot for spreading a blanket and soaking in the atmosphere. A bonus for kids is Splashville water park, at the east end of the square. For some fun people-watching (and a little Friday evening drum circle action), head to Pritchard Park. Once you’re recharged – and ready for a rush – grab your wheels and head to Food Lion Skatepark.

For a personally guided tour of downtown Asheville, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Unique Farm-Connected Programs Feed Asheville's Green Movement

Asheville CSA Produce Basket

In Asheville, it’s never been easier to go green while getting your greens.

Green living through local and organic shopping and support of local businesses and farmland is gaining an ever-greater foothold in Asheville. The city’s proximity to farm-rich regions in Western North Carolina means the freshest organic, local produce and foods are readily available. Spreading that access to everyone is the goal of a number of food programs focused on local and organic produce and edibles sourced from area farms and food makers. If you’d like a convenient way to simultaneously go green and bring fresh local produce into your kitchen – and in the process help others to do the same – or if you’d like to learn more about how to strengthen area farms and build a healthier Asheville community, the following programs are a perfect place to start.

Mother Earth Produce

FEAST Classroom in AshevilleMother Earth Produce Delivery is a family-owned, year-round delivery service of local and organic produce and edibles sourced from area farms and food crafters.  The program partners with local farms and food artisans to bring sustainable vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs, bread and pantry items to Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Mother Earth Produce increases the reach of the farmer, and sharply curtails your need to get in the car and go to the grocery store – in other words, it makes green living easy in more ways than one.

Mother Earth Produce’s contribution to the green movement goes beyond grocery deliveries, though. Graham and Andrea DuVall, the owners of Mother Earth Produce, have been donating produce to the FEAST program since Mother Earth Produce’s inception. The weekly fresh local produce allows FEAST to serve more than 1,000 students every week, providing hands-on cooking and garden education to area children in grades K-8.  

Mother Earth Produce also partners with Asheville schools to strengthen real food awareness by creating opportunities for the schools to raise funds for healthy snacks and edible education objectives. The partnership benefits students in afterschool programs by providing items like local, organic apples, peaches, carrots, pears, Roots Hummus and Happy Cow Cheese.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive and link farmers to markets and supporters. It also aims to build healthy communities where farming is valued as central to the past – and the future.

ASAP focuses on a number of areas to support its mission, including providing marketing support and training to area farmers; connecting regional chef and foodservice buyers with the farmers who match their needs; spearheading a Local Food Campaign, which includes publishing a local food guide; and running Growing Minds Farm to School Program, which focuses on reconnecting children with where their food comes from.

Mountain Food Products

Fresh Produce Asheville NCLooking for a unique way to promote local products, Mountain Food Products started a Community Supported Agriculture program with members of the Asheville community. Traditionally, a CSA is between a farmer and a customer, and produce mainly comes from that one farm. But because they were already working with a number of farmers, Mountain Food Products decided to source produce for their CSA from all around the area, providing a diverse mix of products.

Since 2011, Mountain Food Products has been partnering with area businesses to deliver these local food boxes directly to workplaces, making local food accessible to hundreds of people. The program runs from May to November, offering a wide variety of fresh local produce, a list of which farm they came from and a recipe on how to cook what’s in the box. Mountain Food’s program aims to put food dollars back into the local economy, in the process strengthening the community and keeping it resilient against changing forces in the food industry.

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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