scott schneider ,
leisure & libation
photos by Sarah Snyder.
“Over the years, I’ve tried to find my niche as a fiber artist,” she continued. “It’s so tempting when you have such wonderful fibers to work with. I’ve taken dozens of classes. Nothing struck a cord until I started weaving. I take yarn from the co-op and add a next layer of value to it by making handmade scarves from the yarn. I now have a larger loom. My ambition is to make throw blankets.” Starr and Joe endured an enormous amount of maintenance on their 40-acre farm and decided three years ago to downsize. They now run Venezia Dream Farm in Candler on a four-acre plot of land. Two acres are devoted to alpaca pastures. There are currently 13 in the herd—six females and seven males. While Starr was an active breeder for a number of years, she has dialed back and now breeds more for the replenishment of her herd. “One of the advantages of the new farm is that I have space defined as my farm store,” Starr said. “It’s by appointment only, but people can come out and visit with the alpacas and do a little shopping.” Starr is quick to point out that farming is something one does out of love, not out of a desire to make a lot of money. “Farming is the day-to-day work of taking care of the property and the animals, and making sure they are healthy and happy. You are never going to make enough money to pay you for being out in the barn at midnight to take care of a sick animal. You farm because you love to do it and market products so you can afford to keep doing it. It’s a lesson I learned from my uncle who said all he has to do is make enough to do it one more year. I’ve had a really good time and I wouldn’t change what we’ve done for the world.” Customers can also shop online at www.veneziadream.com.
knots getting a sprinkle of seasoning.
| December 2015
Scott’s Knots: Fueling a Pretzel Addiction During a trip to North Carolina, Scott Schneider fell in love with Asheville and enrolled in classes at UNC-A. Only one problem for this Philadelphia native: He needed to find a way to feed his pretzel addiction. Schneider cites a statistic he has seen before that says people in Philadelphia eat about ten times the amount of pretzels than people in other parts of the country consume. He’s not sure of the exact number, but can confirm from personal experience that an abundance of pretzels is enjoyed in the City of Brotherly Love. After moving, he craved Philadelphia pretzels so deeply that he created his own pretzel business and named it Scott’s Knots. “One slogan we have is ‘Philly pretzels with an Asheville twist,’” he said. He moved to Asheville in January 2013 and got settled in. Once he focused on the business idea, it took him about six months to create a great pretzel recipe. The business officially launched just over a year ago offering all-natural, vegan, gluten free pretzels selling via a solar-powered pushcart. The snack quickly won rave reviews and committed fans. Scott had previously worked during high school as the manager of a pretzel bakery in Philadelphia, so he used his baking skills to get the business off the ground with a partner, Kayla Grey. “She’s focusing on school right now, but she’ll return to the company,” he said. “My other partner—Thomas
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