Ashland Oregon

My mom’s birthday in on the 4th of July — and this year we took a little trip to Ashland to see some Shakespearean plays and enjoy what food and fun Ashland had to offer. 

First — we stayed in this a sweet little house I found on VRBO.com — it’s called the High Street House.  Since I was looking at possibly getting 2 motel rooms (snoring issues for both of us) — it turned out to be about the same price and had all the amenities of home.  One of the cool things it has was a garden outside of veggies and herbs that we were encouraged to pick:

Raised bed in High Street House

Raised bed in High Street House

Of course tomato plants grow in Ashland — it was 105 degrees when we were there…help me I’m melting…
Lettuce in Raised Beds

Lettuce in Raised Beds

So…we were able to harvest lettuce and have a delicious salad one evening with some outstanding Oregonzola Cheese from the Rogue Creamery.  I highly recommend a visit to their retail store on Hwy 99, the road that parallels I-5.  www.roguecreamery.com
and right next door to the Rogue Creamery is one of those fine chocolate shops…oh, I’m drooling as I think of it!  I bought the most odd items there — One piece of candy called the Elvis, peanut butter, banana, bacon, and some other things that didn’t seem like they belong in chocolate.  It was a taste sensation…not sure I want to repeat it often but that little candy went a long way with taste.  I bought a “Bacon Bar” — chocolate and bacon…haven’t tried it yet…it’s in my fridge waiting for an adventurous group of friends to divvy it up.  I also bought some truffles made with rogue creamery smoky blue cheese…I have to say I can’t really tell the difference between that flavor and the bacon flavor in the Elvis.  www.lilliebellefarms.com  Each little chocolate is a work of art and…more drool…and is delicious!
Outdoor kitchen and dining area at High Street House
Outdoor kitchen and dining area at High Street House
OK — more about the food in Ashland — so many restaurants to choose from — we really enjoyed Dragonfly — but other food field trips included the Farmers Market.  I would go to any Farmers Market in any town! — it is a chance to learn more about the food culture of a place — www.rvgrowersmarket.com
If you enjoy chocolate you might stop by the retail shop of Dagoba Chocolate located in Ashland — unfortunately we stopped by when they closed early on July 3rd in preparation for big 4th of July doin’s — www.dagobachocolate.com
sorry I didn’t take more photos — Ashland, Medford, Central Point and Jacksonville are good eating towns! 
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The Compost Pile

If you are interested in taking a workshop about composting — keep an eye on CCAT’s website, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology offers lots of workshops about a variety of topics and periodically has composting workshops.

I have to admit…I have an unnatural relationship with my compost pile…it’s kind of like having another pet.  I feed it, talk to it — and spend an inordinate amount of time chopping garden waste into small pieces for it.  If you have a compost pile I’m sure you know what I mean…if you don’t — you should!  It is certainly a cost effective way to prove you are a bit of an eccentric — you might find yourself making rounds gathering coffee grounds and other items from friends, neighbors, and complete strangers…

 
 

 

my job...cutting up the fava bean stalks to feed George, the compost pile.

my job...cutting up the fava bean stalks to feed George, the compost pile.

 

And then there is the bucket of pods after we shell the beans...hope you're hungry George!

And then there is the bucket of pods after we shell the beans...hope you're hungry George!

The compost pile and my station where I sat chopping bean stalks and talking to George...see?  Eccentric!

The compost pile and my station where I sat chopping bean stalks and talking to George...see? Eccentric!

One of the things I learned from Eddie Tanner’s Organic Gardening class is that if I want it to break down fast I should turn it more often.  Sometimes I feel like I’m disturbing all the worm action and that I should just leave them alone — but now…I’m turning it once a week to get all this good stuff broken down.  I also have a great chicken manure connection — composting is an addiction…but a pretty harmless one.  I suggest you try it!