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  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary
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Recent Acquisitions

I didn’t really need another reason to love Larry’s Beans. A coffee roaster across the state in Raleigh, Larry’s already has so much going on for their beans and their business. They use organic, shade-grown beans (which is better for birds and bugs), they engage in fair-trade practices (wherein people are treated like, well, people, and not commodities), they heat their building with solar panels and they slow-roast their beans in a passive solar, rainwater-harvesting warehouse. Sounds good, right?

And now, to really up the ante, their coffee bags are biodegradable. This means a lot to me. Typically, I try to reuse the same coffee bag every time I need more joe. After a while, though, the bag starts to fall apart. I’ll then rip it up, add it to the compost pile, and grab a new one the next time I’m picking up bulk beans. On occasion, though, I forget and leave the bag at home. When that happens, or sometimes if a specific blend that I really like is on sale, I buy a prepackaged bag of coffee. I recently found another local supplier I adored and wrote them on Twitter to find out if their bags are recyclable. Sadly, they aren’t. With Larry’s, though, I needn’t worry, as the bag will break down on its own.

I make a good deal of purchase choices based on the “end of life” cycle of a product. I’d like to be able to recycle, upcycle, repurpose, reuse or biodegrade something after I’m done using it. Business decisions like this one from Larry’s make my purchase decisions so much easier.

6 Responses to Recent Acquisitions

  • elisa says:

    so great. i was so pleased when a gorgeous, ethical, organic chocolate i can get at the farm shop switched to paper, i'll buy theirs over anyone's now. x

  • Dave says:

    I think the “end of the life” cycle is so often overlooked when we make purchases. And for that reason most manufacturers don't consider changing their packaging. Hats off to you.

  • Lauren says:

    I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but when I was living in NC I'd always try to get something from the Blad Guy Brew truck at the market. Always had good stuff.

  • Jessica says:

    I love it when companies use a compostable bag. Its sure easier on my conscious! Feels so much better to throw something in the compost than in the garbage.

  • Justin says:

    I'm happy to hear that a product like this is coming around. My wife and I visited the HQ of Green Mountain Coffee a few years back up in Vermont and they have a whole exhibit about how they like to be good earth stewards and whatnot but they still hadn't found an acceptable alternative to plastic vacuum-pak coffee bags and the plastic in their disposable k-cups (a BIG business for them right now as they own Keurig). Maybe whatever product this company uses will spread to the big guys soon. We can hope!

  • cindy d says:

    Larry's is also the pump station for Piedmont Biodiesel in Raleigh, and they run their trucks on it, I believe. Another reason to love them!