When you think of TRUFFLES (the mushroom, not the chocolate) chances are Asheville North Carolina isn't what you think of next.
That's probably because you didn't know that Asheville will again be the setting for the 2nd Annual Truffle Fest, February 25th-27th, 2010 at Asheville's newest hotel in the Biltmore Village area, the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
Truth is, Western North Carolina is one of only a few regions here in the South to grow truffles, specifically the elusive Perigord truffle. Franklin Garland, President of Garland Truffles, will be on hand at this year's event to share his expertise and to promote the crop he'd like to see replace tobacco as a viable alternative to tobacco here in North Carolina. He produced his first harvest in 1992 and had one of the first truffle nurseries on the East Coast, one of the only nurseries in North America.
Lee Tuttle of Brevard in Western North Carolina has also been growing truffles, along with her business partner Charlie Rhodes, at Queen's Produce and Berry Farm in Pisgah Forest. She planted her first seedlings in 2004 and is waiting for their first crop. (Not bad for a city girl from Cincinnati, who moved to the mountains for the weather 12 years ago!)
While a very profitable crop to cultivate, the problem has been the amount of time it takes to produce their first prizes - (generally five years) their return can be great - as much as $50.00 a pound.
So if you're looking for a life change - and think you'd like to be a Gentleman Farmer, or a Napa Valley Wine Geek or Cork Dork, maybe coming to Asheville NC and learning about truffle farming is the way to go. And now, while the economy is down, might not be a bad time to start. Things can only go up from here!
For more information about the 2nd Annual Truffle Fest, click here:
Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Broker/Realtor Associate, 300 Executive Park, Asheville nc 28801
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