My dad used to say you could grow anything. All you needed was a $1.00 plant and a $10.00 hole. Translated, that means you don’t need to spend a lot of money on the plant; you just need to make sure the hole you dig for it is filled with quality soil. Both of my parents just knew how to grow things – there were always flowers in our yard and we always had a vegetable garden.
Apparently the instincts and knowledge of how to grow things wasn’t passed down in my DNA. Just this week I bought a basil plant, put it in a pretty pot with good soil and began dreaming about all the ways I’d cook with it. In only two days, my basil plant is wilted along with my optimism.
Thankfully, our area is chock full of people who DO know how to grow things and I can reap the benefit every Saturday morning at the Transylvania Farmers Market. It opened for the season a couple of weeks ago and is open every Saturday from 8:00 am – noon. A wide range of local farms are represented, including Pitch Pine Farm pictured here. You’ll find all sorts of vegetables and herbs; dairy farmers with artisan goat cheese; and several booths sell farm fresh eggs. Then there are the artisan bakers, crafts people, and of course gardeners selling all kinds of plants that call out to me. This year there are a couple of caterers with great food and most weekends there is music courtesy of local musicians. Aside from the envy I feel as I go from table to table marveling at the gorgeous plants and vegetables, I know that what I’m buying is locally sourced, supports small farming businesses in our community, and that I can find a wonderful assortment of organic food that our local grocery stores don’t have (and probably never heard of!)
If you are in the Brevard, North Carolina area some Saturday, I encourage you to head down to the corner of Johnson Street and Jordan Street. Be sure to bring your appetite and a big basket so you can carry home all the amazing goodies you’ll find.
Maybe I’ll see you there. It’s very likely I’ll be looking for a new
victim basil plant.