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Without A Doubt

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The baby (he’ll always be my baby, right?) is sleeping, the temperature is dropping, and I’m writing from the comfort of my bed (thank you, pillow top mattress!). It’s been a busy day, and a busy yet blissful weekend, and I’m beat. Not too beat to share some goodness from the weekend, though, before turning in for the night:

*The launch of the Asheville Wild Foods Market booth at the Asheville City Market did not disappoint. It was filled with edibles both known and unknown to me, not to mention a DayGlo orange wig-wearing master forager, who, upon request, break-danced right in the middle of the market thoroughfare. Just another glorious day in Asheville, folks.
*Daylily shoots.
*Spice bush bundles (I’ve never even heard of these!).
*Daylily tubers (never knew they were edible!).
*Also at the market, but at another booth, we picked up an American Hazelnut and a Nanking Cherry from Useful Plants Nursery.
*To-go treats from Dough (their food is stellar, every time), enjoyed with friends and their littles at Jones Park.
*Tiny captain.
*Three little buddies, all in a row.
*Caught, butter-handed!
*Steak, fried eggs, mashed sweet potatoes (with butter, nutmeg, and maple syrup), and creamed spinach with our friends Mark and Maia and their boys, on their 11th anniversary.
*Sibling rivalry falls to the wayside when Harold and Maude are at rest.

Today I found a patch of ramps beside our creek, viewed scads of wild day lilies and violets all over the property, thrilled over the sight of emerging asparagus shoots and rhubarb leaves in the garden, and knew, without a doubt, that spring is really, truly, certifiably here. Amen to that, friends.

Tomorrow the dogs go to the vet for their annual check-up and Huxley goes to the pediatric dentist for the first time (fingers and toes seriously crossed he *enjoys* the experience!). It’s slated to be yet another busy day, so I’m hitting the hay.

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health, happiness, and harmony, for you and yours, from me and mine.

11 Responses to Without A Doubt

  • Mindy says:

    I’m so intrigued by the Asheville Wild Foods Market. Thanks for posting pictures. I’ve never heard of spice bush either, is it used for flavoring? I will have to do some investigating.

  • Sarah says:

    I’m only familiar with spice bush berries, which can be cut up and taste kind of like allspice. I’m intrigued to know more about how to use them this time of year.

  • KC says:

    You live in one amazing place. :) What a cool both to have at the farmers market as well, wild edibles too cool. Good Luck at the dentist!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    I am crazy about this wild foods market! I mean, only in Asheville, right? : ) I would love to poke around, taste a little, smell a little- it sounds wonderful!

  • Deborah Lambeth says:

    Thanks for helping out the YWCA of Asheville, Ashely! Gratefully appreciate your involvement.

  • Eleanor says:

    I love your playground pictures – that’s my old elementary school, and my husband and I helped build the playground years ago. It was a wonderful example of a community pulling together, and I love taking my children there when we visit their grandparents.

  • Annie says:

    I’ve been talking up the dentist to my guy for MONTHS now, and he gets to go as soon as his new insurance kicks in. He’s actually really excited and we have been practicing at home for him to “open wide”.

    I’ll have to check out the market. That’s the one downtown, right?

  • Hollie says:

    That market sounds magical! What a spread!

  • Melanie Marchand says:

    I had to look up spice bush sticks, and I think this link sums it up quite nicely – now I have to try and plant some!

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