Caramel Sundae at the Red Barn Greenhouse in Waynesville, NC

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
Ice cream isn't something I eat often, mainly because I love it too much. It's much better to deal with an ice cream craving by buying a small cone instead of a half gallon. I'd gone into Waynesville yesterday to greet the new season for the Waynesville Farmers Market but had been mistaken about the hours they're open this time of year. I got there at 1pm, but alas they are only open from 8am to noon. Bummer. So, I headed out to Maggie Valley because I'd heard there was a Farmers Market out there too but I couldn't find one. Another bummer. Heading back to Waynesville I spotted the "40 Flavors - Hand Dipped Ice Cream" sign at the Red Barn Greenhouse and Convenience Market. Nothing fixes a bummer situation like an ice cream cone.
The Red Barn is celebrating 40 years in Waynesville. It's been a fixture greeting visitors on their way from Waynesville to Maggie Valley for longer than just about anyone else. I can remember when it used to be the Greyhound Station also. There's a few tables, locally canned preserves and some essentials that travelers and campers might come in to get. I commisserated with the owner after I saw her signs on the jars of preserves..."Please don't open the jars". Leslie and I used to have to do that in our "Lighten Up" business in Dillsboro. Go figure.
Bad news...I have a new favorite flavor. Hershey's Caramel Sundae. Good news...I got over the bummerness of the day! After I finished the ice cream cone, I wandered over to the nursery to look at vegetable starts looking towards the day soon when our weather will stabilize enough to plant them. The women working at the Red Barn were very pleasant and asked if I needed assistance. When I said that I just wished the weather would stay warm enough to get the garden started, one of them smiled and invited me to step into the back room greenhouse where she said it was always springtime.
The greenhouse felt wonderful, probably 80 degrees and with a pleasing humidity level and that satisfying smell of things growing and thriving. When I turned the corner into the last row, the greenhouse kitty was getting ready to take a cat nap. I understood. The temperature was perfect for nodding off. I don't know what his name was but since he is the same color as my new favorite ice cream...I'll give him a nickname of "Caramel".
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mona, shot of the Sundae? I'm shocked. I guess it did'nt last long enough to get a shot of it. :-)

Nice shots of the Red Barn Kitty.

Have a good day in Dillsboro.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 20, 2013 10:58 PM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee 423-677-6677

Hi Mona,

I was talking about how excited I was about the Farmers Market in our area opening up in 2 weeks.  One of my favorite  ways to spend my Saturday mornings. Waynesville is not that far from me and I'll have to check out their market, as well as checking out the ice cream place!  I'm like you, I like ice cream way too much to buy it in large quantities. 

Apr 20, 2013 11:02 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Birthday Girl,  Love the name for the kitty, and glad you finally got your ice cream.  If I was in your area, I would of made you some homemade ice cream.

Apr 20, 2013 11:07 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Nothing fixes a bummer situation like an ice-cream cone! Isn't that the truth, Mona! Sometimes, it does take a gallon though or a bar of chocolate or both ;-) I love how you were invited into the greenhouse .. it's always Spring there.

Birthday girl?? In that case, you should allow yourself another ice-cream cone, this time to celebrate. Wishing you a beautiful day. Happy Birthday.

Apr 21, 2013 12:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mona-  I intended to stop by to wish you a very Happy Birthday but after reading your wonderful post on your search for the Farmer's Market, I am now craving 1 scoop of ice cream.  Bummer!  

Happy Birthday, Mona!

Apr 21, 2013 12:32 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mona....Happy Birthday....hope your day is filled with scoops of caramel ice cream....sounds good to me... can we have that with nuts, sauce, whipped cream and a cherry on top.... forget the cone!!  enjoy your day.

Apr 21, 2013 12:57 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Clint, it really didn't last long enough to snap a photo of it, lol.  When you limit yourself to the rare treat of ice doesn't stay in the cone but for a couple of minutes.

Cindy, we aren't that far from you.  If you find yourself headed for Waynesville, let me know and we'll go get ice cream together.

Valerie,  I hope the cat is a good mouser too.  I'll bet a few venture in to the greenhouse occasionally.  It's probably like Hotel California.

Will, obviously if you come to visit...we will have to hike a lot to justify the homemade ice cream!  But, that's okay. Just let Belinda know you'll be gone a while, lol.

Andrea, I loved the invitation too.  Now I know where to go in the winter for a spring break.  Another ice cream cone?  I thought I'd get an apple fritter for dessert but felt so guilty about the calories that I settled for greek yogurt.

Kathy, the best way to heal a craving is go get a scoop.  It is too beautiful today for any bummer stuff.

Barbara, OMG, that really sounds good.  I'd want 3 cherries on top though.

Apr 21, 2013 06:06 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Mona,

Caramel is very pretty and happy to be taking a nap laying in the warmth of the sun. i am glad you found a good flavor to enjoy. Happy Earth Day tomorrow.

Apr 21, 2013 04:50 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Kristin, and to you as well.  Thanks.


Apr 21, 2013 10:31 PM