Join Slow Food Boone, High Country for an afternoon of Appalachian culture on Sunday, September 28th. We’ll meet at 1:30 at the Agricultural Conference Center behind the Watauga County Extension offices before heading deep into Ashe County, out to Big Horse Creek road, past Lansing and almost to Virginia, to visit with Ron and Suzanne Joyner of Big Horse Creek Farm. They have around 150 varieties of apples, many of them heritage, and a good selection of fall apples available for everyone to enjoy. They’ll also be selling trees. Ron said we may take all the time we want to walk around, pick apples, check out their alternative power system, chase chickens, etc. “We have long supported the Slow Food movement and will be very pleased to show you and the other visitors what we’re doing on our small Ashe County farm.”
Then, we’ll head to Rose Mountain Farm for our pig pickin’. Ann Rose, who is now growing a pig for this event, will host us. She’ll also have apples available and may demonstrate apple cider making. Ann runs a beautiful and serene 29-acre farm without using fossil fuel, except to travel to the Ashe County Farmers’ Market. She sets an aspiring standard for us all. “All of my food is raised or grown within 50 miles of where I live, with the exception of coffee, sugar, and flour.” The cost of the pig is $7.00 per person, payable to Slow Food Boone High Country at the event. We are asking each family to bring a side dish, preferably a salad, bread, dessert, or something that doesn’t need to be heated, in a cooler. Also bring a container to take leftover pig home. Cold herbal tea will be provided. Ann said that it’s ok if members want to bring beer or wine, as long as they bring some for her.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Four-wheel drive vehicles are ideal for both farms. Due to parking issues, we’re limiting participants to 30. Let us know if you have a four-wheel drive and how many extra passengers you can accommodate. We’ll send directions to the Joyner’s farm to those who are not meeting at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone.