Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I just love Foggy Ridge Cider and their newsletters always read like a picture to me. Diane's writing is so picturesque  and a sure sign that spring is coming, even though it snowed a bit more overnight.
There is so much to do when you visit our area, if you aren't sure just ask us to recommend an itineray, we would be happy to suggest our favorites. Make your reservations today to stay with us at Mountain Song Inn

Opening Day at Foggy Ridge
March 2013
Dear Chris,
Early spring's charms are subtle...on a 15 degree morning, tiny Galanthus blooms nod over a dusting of snow. Up here on the mountain, daffodils show only an inch of foliage. But in this first week of Spring, vibrant green Hellebore foetidus winds through the woods garden and catches late afternoon light. I pick the first edible greens of the season, bitter mountain cress that grows in orchard rows. The peppery leaves enliven an early spring salad and, soon, sulfur blooms will feed Jack's bees.

But I shout to the orchard, "Slow down!" Buds on the early varieties, destined forFirst Fruit Cider, swell in longer days. Hewe's Crabapple is almost at Silver Tip, on the march toward Pink, Half Inch Green and Bloom. Though Spring's quiet elegance graces every nook of the farm, at 3000 feet elevation it's not time for the rush of full Spring.

The orchard is quiet, but the Cider House is hoppin'. Newly expert grafters atAppleCorps workshops have made many new trees; add to your resume and sign up for the April 13 session.  Our expert bottling crew is busy getting 4300 cases of cider on the shelf...all by hand. You'll find us at many events across the Southeast, with photos and details on Facebook. And best of all, the Foggy Ridge Tasting room opens Saturday April 6. Stop by for the subtle charms of early Spring, and sample the Foggy Ridge blends, including Handmade, back by popular demand!
Diane Flynt

    Foggy Ridge cider house
April 6 & 7 Opening Weekend at Foggy Ridge 
No scented candles or T shirts in the Foggy Ridge tasting room. Instead, see cidermaking in action and gain an appreciation for what "artisan" really means. Our tasting room team will greet you warmly, regardless of the weather on Saturday 11 to 5 and Sunday 12 to 5. Cider Club members sample free; otherwise taste our five ciders for the bargain price of $5.

April 27 Farm Days with Fat Bear Farm 
Join Jessica and Ben, and enjoy their asparagus and other early spring produce from Fat Bear Farm. Cider tasting, asparagus treats and the chance to purchase the very first veggies of the season. $8 covers seasonal treats and cider tasting 11 to 5 

Spring snow melts quickly even in mountain hollers. All you have to do is look carefully to see what's next. Take a page from Sherlock Holmes who said "Observe; don't merely see." Come visit the mountains and observe the world waking up...peony buds are on the move, perennials are pushing green and robins are pulling worms. Ready or not, spring is on the way!

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