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07 June, 2009

Mosaic Monday...or...A North Georgia Farm Stand and "Foxfire Magazine"

I am excited to be participating for the first time in Mosaic Monday with Mary at Little Red House! Over the weekend, I visited the wonderful produce stand of Osage Farms in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and wanted to share my pictures of the beautiful fruit and vegetables! Most of the produce is from Georgia or Florida and, later on, much of it will come from the field that you can see through the window in the middle shot! Talk about fresh!! My friend calls this the big produce stand in the sky because there is none to compare. We drive an hour and a half and pass several others to get here, but it's worth it!

Interestingly enough, you can see Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School from the farm stand! Some of you will recognize it as the original home of the Foxfire Magazine!

If you are not familiar with it, it was first written by a group of students from this school as an English class project and has since evolved into a nationwide publication including twelve books. It is a sort of how to guide about life in the Appalachian Mountains, including making apple butter, beekeeping, using medicinal plants, dressing a hog...even moonshining!


There is also the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center in nearby Mountain City! You could make a whole day trip of this beautiful area!

Thanks for joining me! Please head on over to Mary's to see who else is playing along and to find out how to join us! See you next time! A la prochaine!

48 comments:

  1. Ok now I'm very hungry. LOL Beautiful mosiac!

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  2. Oh Debbie, your mosaic is just gorgeous, and all the wonderful veggies. I hope you bought a bunch, they all look soooooo good. Love the view of the school too. It is really pretty. Hope your day is a super one. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I love seeing the colors of all the fresh vegetables! Don't you love summer?

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  4. Your mosaic is so pretty Debbie. What a wonderful stand this must be to drive that far. The setting is gorgeous, and the school off in the distance is such a great shot. Great post. Hugs, Kat (love your choice of music, as usual)

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  5. Wonderful picture of the veggies! Love the info about Foxfire! Enjoy your Veggies!

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  6. Hi Debbie,
    I just love the color and smell of fresh produce in the summer. I'm so tickled you stopped by. I've enjoyed your style all the way back to RMS. I'm a bit of a plate addict myself. One of these days I will try to get a tablescape together...it's hard when most of my plates are on the walls...
    Dawn

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  7. Debbie, I didn't think I would ever say this, but your mosaic is not only beautiful; it looks delicious! And what a pretty view that is. I do remember reading about those students and their amazing magazine. laurie

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  8. Perfect mosaic, perfect post, perfect music.You always set the mood beautifully. kathysue

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  9. Debbie,
    Thank your visiting and commenting on my rant. Let's hope it's over now.
    You are right about the human contact. Oh my goodness, that would be so much fun.I enjoy the colors of your blog. That's what got me in trouble ~~ liking many colors and wanting to change them every week. It's so much fun.
    Thanks again for responding.

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  10. Debbie,
    Thank your visiting and commenting on my rant. Let's hope it's over now.
    You are right about the human contact. Oh my goodness, that would be so much fun.I enjoy the colors of your blog. That's what got me in trouble ~~ liking many colors and wanting to change them every week. It's so much fun.
    Thanks again for responding.

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  11. I love your mosaic! Fresh produce is so refreshing and really is art unto itself! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photographs and Happy Mosaic Monday! ~Arleen

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  12. Wow, what glorious produce! Is it OK to say that I'm drooling all over my keyboard? LOL Thanks so much for joining the fun at Mosaic Monday, Debbie! :)

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  13. Hi Debbie,
    This is just fabulous! Beautiful mosaic and so interesting! I guess I need to add this to my to see list, such an interesting story and the music! I just love it! Hugs, Cindy

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  14. Beautiful post! Your pictures are wonderful!

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  15. Cool. A magazine that informs me how to dress a hog AND make my own liquor is a must read!

    Seriously, though, beautiful mosaic. I love fresh vegetables and a drive that's over an hour long through the countryside is a fun road trip as far as I'm concerned.

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  16. Hi Debbie! Oh, what a pretty mosaic! This would be a great picture in your oh so Frenchy kitchen!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Nice, Debbie! I love your veggie shots. I did this a few weeks ago to post on Outdoor Wednesday. I love the way veggies look when photographed, and those make a great mosaic.

    Hope your summer is going well and that you are enjoying your little grandson.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  18. Beautiful mosaic & now I'm hungry. Hmmm, at least you've given me a grocery list! ☺ Diane

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  19. We just can't beat the glorious colors of nature...yummy mosaic...love your entire post...and I think I still have some of the Foxfire books from a long time ago...

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  20. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for your kinds words on my new blog; I must say, it is quite fun, this blogging thing! I'm loving looking at the kitties on your page. We just lost our 15 year old Maine Coon last Sunday, and seeing your pictures is wonderful. It looks like maybe Ozzie is a Maine Coon?
    I will visit you often, thank you!

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  21. Debbie... love this mosaic.. you know that I cannot resist photographs of fresh veggies...

    I don't ever remember hearing about Foxfire... glad you have now enlightened me...

    have a great week.

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  22. What a beautiful fresh, vibrant and delicious looking mosiac. How I would love to learn to do it...and I will. I LOVE Mary's blog. It was my very first one and she is a delight! YOU did wonderfully!
    I love visiting you. So cozy and welcoming...
    Even "moonshining?" LOL..you're kidding! I would love to see that!

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  23. Debbie, la première photo - "le mosaic" a l'air professionèle- quelle belle photo - ou collection de photos! Je suis impressioné. Et aussi, c'est une très jolie présentation de l'école à Rabun Gap...bien fait....Linda

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  24. What great produce - don't want to wish away the sunmmer but am anxious for the veggies to come in!

    I thought I had commented before but didn't see it!

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  25. Beautiful post, and nothing better than fresh veggies! Thanks for introducing me to Foxfire.

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  26. Would love to find a place like this within an hour or two of our home!!

    I have several Foxfire books and get them out every so often, love them. They are among the books in the double bonnet secretary, in our room. During the 1970's, high school students, in my old hometown, Lebanon Missouri, published a magazine called Bittersweet, patterned after Foxfire. I have a few copies, that belonged to my mother. We cherish them.

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  27. Our farmer's markets in Virginia are pretty but not quite as gorgeous as your Georgia one in the sky!

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  28. Debbie,
    How wonderful!!! Your mosaic is beautiful. I love a good farmstand or Farmers Market!!! We try to go almost every weekend.

    I love the colors of the veggies and the different textures. It works wonderfully in your mosaic!!!

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  29. love your mosiac...reminds me I need to go to Farmers Market...love the music...

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  30. Beautiful Mosaic. And thanks for the fun links. Always appreciate those. : )

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  31. More proof that food is art. By the way do you like cats?

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  32. That music makes me wanna get out of this chair and do some good ole' fashioned Jedd Clampett clogging. :-D

    But, I just ate lunch and I really don't feel like it. Oh well!

    That is one of the prettiest mosaics I have ever seen. You shoudl send this in to Farmer's Almanac or some other publication.

    Now I can't wait for all my garden veggies. I have already picked green peppers, tomatoes and jalapenos. I have squash and eggplant blossoms. yoohoo!

    Hope you're having a great week!

    Hugs, Barb

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  33. Dillard's is calling my name...their pepper relish is wondermous...good fried catfish!
    I've grown up making yearly visits to Rabun Gap, Sky Valley, etc.
    Great pics!! Truly a slice of my life :)

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  34. yummy mosaic (saw you at Mary's)

    I love fresh produce

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  35. Yum!! Now I want a salad! lol Beautiful pics Deb!! :-) L~

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  36. Beautiful mosaic! I am a little envious of fresh produce and not waxed trucked in stuff! Oh for a bite of a fresh peach right now....

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  37. Very interesting, Debbie! Those fruits and veggies look so good, so fresh...Christine

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  38. This is so much better then the DeKalb Farmers Market:)
    Joyce

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  39. Debbie,
    You won't believe the ordeal it was to get the chain cover on the entry light.

    I added the chain cover before the guys installed it...you can only imagine what it looked like when they were finished!!! I talked them into letting me go up ther and adjust it...they used a hand-cranked lift...I had to stand on a wooden pallet and they cranked me 22 ft. into the air. I am just a little crazy. They laughed at me the whole time...but everyone agreed in the end that it was worth it!!! Even the installers.

    As for the one in the dining room...all that was required was a ladder. Easy peasy!!!

    They both were sewn on the sewing machine and applied befor installation.

    I bet you wished you hadn't asked!!!

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  40. Love all the fresh veggies! Great mosaic...Another month for us before the veggies come in...And who knows when for the ones I planted...if the deer don't eat them, ie!
    That song...LOL!

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  41. I didn't know that! We've got to make a trip there! The Foxfire books are an invaluable resource!

    Smyrna just got a farmer's market! Saturday was only the second time they had it and we had about 6 vendors. Lots of people showed up so I'm sure more and more people will be participating!

    Manuela

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  42. What a tasty looking mosaic! Here in Vermont the frost threat has barely passed so we are still eating (mostly) grocery store veggies. I remember the Foxfire books from my grandfather's bookcase. He was a Boy Scout and those books were invaluable to him. ~Kathy

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  43. Great post! Enjoyed it! Your mosaic is fantastic! You're so lucky to have such a great farmstand with such amazing looking produce!

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  44. Fresh veggies!!! Yummmmmmm. We start getting our in August and September. the berries should be any day now...if we only had some sun!

    love the photos...what gorgeous countryside.

    Deb

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  45. Indeed I am all too familiar with the places you mentioned. I'm from Blue Ridge, GA myself. Moved to Marrietta when after HS. How I love the mountains and that area. thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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  46. Oh Girl I would love a fresh veggie stand like that...that to me is the best part of summer all the wonderful fresh food we get...May you have a wonderful day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie