Seems the weather continues to be the big story at our wedding and event venue in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. Over 50 inches of rain so far through the first seven months of 2013. That’s over seven inches per month, every month! These rains have come as slow drizzles, light rains, steady downpours, and also rushing torrents during thunderstorms. Over and over.
The excessive rainfall has impacted farmers by the hundreds here in western North Carolina. Flooded fields have destroyed crops and limited harvests of those plantings that have survived the flooding. Roads have been washed out in many areas. We are lucky to be afloat!
We have had our own issues here at Brahma Ridge with roads washing and gardens underwater but restoration efforts have been successful. We have ditched and laid hundreds of feet of new drainage pipe and gravel. Luckily, much of our summer vegetables come from inside our greenhouse which has yielded great tomatoes, basil, and peppers – shared with our neighbors and made into fresh salsas and pestos (eggplant parm has been delicious, too).
We have managed to keep all of our brides, grooms, and guests dry even on rainy wedding days and nights. Our tent pavilion comfortably holds nearly 200 people for receptions, dinner, and dancing.