Why Adding Geothermal to Your Home can Increase its Value

by Robert Little, CRS Geothermal HVAC systems are good for the environment and good for your pocket book, but are they also good for your new home’s value? When considering major upgrades, most homeowners want to get the most out of their investment. To make these ROI calculations, homeowners should consider every part of the…

Fall Farm to Table

On the evening of October 3rd, the Olivette community joined together for our fall farm to table dinner to benefit for the NC Climate Solutions Coalition, a cause that is very dear to our hearts. The weather was sweet and the company was even sweeter.  Our farmer, Joe Evans, grows a beautiful variety of vegetables,…

Profile: Living Stone Design + Build

Because Olivette is a different kind of community with a focus on sustainability, it’s always been important to us that we partner with builders who share that focus. Asheville-based Living Stone Design + Build is one such company whose vision aligns so closely with our own. Their history is fascinating, especially because many of their…

North Carolina Home Builders Association STARS Awards 2019!

Well, if you’ve been following us on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably already heard the incredible news… And if you haven’t let me be the first to tell you! Wednesday night at the North Carolina Home Builders Association STARS Awards, Olivette was honored to be awarded the 2019 North Carolina Community of the Year for…

Jalapeno Lime Blackberry Jam

It’s blackberry season, and few things soothe my soul like the simple process of making jam.   While blackberries with jalapeno peppers and lime might seem an unlikely pairing, the following original recipe is tried and true over many years… and it’s absolutely delicious.  The acidity in the lime juice adds a brightness to the blackberries,…

Mid Summer Farm Update from Farmer Joe Evans

The greenhouse is starting to fill back up again, with the first of the fall crops germinating nicely. From now until September we’ll be seeding successions in the greenhouse. August 15th-20th is pretty much the cut off for planting brassicas (kale, cabbage, collard, broccoli, cauliflower) into the field and having them mature in time in…

Summer Farm to Table Dinner!

Our summer Farm to Table Dinner on June 27th was a great success, one we were so delighted to share with all our friends and neighbors. If you were there, thank you for making the evening special! If you missed it, don’t worry… The photos from JCM Photography are in, and they’re just as gorgeous…

Living the Green Dream

By: Elyse Umlauf-Garneau Set along a stretch of the French Broad River, the 350-acre Olivette is built around a 46-acre working farm that provides produce to local restaurants.Love, who grew up on a farm, said it’s always been her wish to return to and be close to the land and to help small non-factory farms…

Save The Date For Our Farm To Table Dinner By The River

Date: Thursday, June 27th Time: 5pm – 9pm Location: Rosebay Park Pavilion Enjoy an open-air feast celebrating the bounty of the summer from our very own Olivette Farm and other local farms. This dinner alfresco will highlight some of Asheville’s culinary elite with a five-course meal and farm crafted cocktails. Over Easy Cafe will stimulate…

Summer’s Soft Launch

While Memorial Day weekend widely recognized as the official start of summer, for many people with farm CSA subscriptions the debut of the CSA baskets mark the “soft launch” of summer.   It’s a very exciting time of year for residents and friends of Olivette as the Olivette Farm 2019 CSA starts today, heralding a summer…

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