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Coffee and Seeds

[This is part of  the ongoing accounting of my weekly-ish searches for fun, thanks to the recommendations of Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way.  For all of my weekly excursion posts,  click here.]

Last week's excursion did actually take place - and was great - but didn't get posted until now due to one of those funny vagaries of living on a farm that I never considered before moving back here.  Namely - I can't get decent internet service. 

Not because I live so far from civilization - I actually don't, I live within a mile of the Asheville city limits.  But because our driveway is so long.  Yes, seriously.  If you live up on the main street you get lightning internet - if you live at the end of my driveway you get elephant internet.  Because it's delivered by DSL, just like in 2002.  And, in fact, I think at the same bandwidth. 

What does this have to do with my blog post?  Well, in an unfortuitous meeting of technologies, I decided to update my Apple Music account by adding my iTunes music to the cloud, which had to take place over the elderly DSL line, and my internet service became basically nonfunctional (except for the hardworking iTunes) for the next three days.  I mean, that's kind of funny right?  I decided that rather cursing the providers of broadband in my area (which, believe me, I've already done), I'd take it as a sign that I was supposed to be outside.  But now iTunes has settled down, I've returned to the computer, and I'm here to tell you about last week.

It's actually worth telling, because if you're ever in Asheville and you like both coffee and rivers I've got the perfect coffee shop for you.  High Five Coffee has a couple of locations near downtown, and also one in a tiny (exceedingly cute) building right on the bank of the French Broad in Woodfin.  So I headed out there on a bizarrely warm and lovely February day to do a little scheming and daydreaming.

This pic is from High Five's Instagram

This is my Thursday morning desk.  Yes, please.


This is where I was once again surprised by the reappearance of my fern tattoo.

High Five's put in/take out on the river.  Paddleboard in, stop for coffee, head out again.  I love this town.

After my coffee/contemplation fix, I went on the great seed search of 2018.  I had a complete list of all of the veggies and flowers I wanted, and stopped off at Villagers first, where I got a few of my seeds and a lot of inspiration.  It's like the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for people who to like to grow and make things.  Not like craft things - more like home things.  They call themselves an Urban Homestead store - which might sound like an oxymoron on first blush, but is actually incredibly cool.  They're beautifully merchandised and have the most interesting things.  Easy to lose yourself for a while in here.

And then I headed to the mothership of local seeds - Sow True.  They have a website and catalog that I highly recommend (with a *ton* of good growing information), and they also have a retail store where you can show up, pick exactly the seeds you want, order your potatoes and sweet potato slips, and wonder if it's too late to double your garden to encompass all of the tomato varieties that are calling your name.

 All in all it was a fun morning - coffee, daydreaming, seeds.  

  • Sumner Smith
  • Ashevillegardenseedsweekly excursions