Since DH sold his little British car, we haven’t had much of an opportunity to go with the group. The car shows don’t want a modern car unless it is a Maserati or something equally expensive and rare. Last month, we hosted an Australian Pursuit rally at a local park. It was fun and I did get some pictures of the cars and us which you can see HERE if you like. Members were given an easy route to follow for about a 35-40 minute drive and sent out at one minute intervals. The finish line was hidden. They then regrouped back at the park, and were sent out again in the reverse order of time finishing to run the same route in exactly the same time. Finishing the second time faster than the first meant disqualification, and slower had points taken off. Since no one knew their exact time, or where the timing ended, concentration on consistent speeds at the posted speed limits were crucial. Everyone seemed to have a fun time on the drive, and afterwards we enjoyed a picnic lunch together.
We did go to the Heart of Brevard show over 4th of July weekend, but didn’t stay long and I didn’t get any pictures. It has just been too frazzling hot to go hiking this year, and I really want to do that again soon. Yesterday the club had a drive planned, and I didn’t want to miss this outing, a nice drive in the lush green hills near Black Mountain ending at an Amish store in Fairview. DH couldn’t go this day because of work, so I was accompanied by my friend Bonnie who really needed to get her vintage Mustang out for a drive. Here it is next to Mitch’s gorgeous MGA.
We met up as usual at a parking lot.
Troyer’s is a popular drive destination, so lots of members showed up for this drive. The weather was a bit warm, but tolerable.
This time I took my good camera to get some nice shots of the scenery as we drove. Summer in the mountains means lush green everywhere.
Every corner turned shows more green. Did you know that looking at the color green will lower blood pressure?
No wonder that I find these drives to be so relaxing, and mind clearing. I desperately needed that after this past week at work.
Our destination was Troyer’s Amish Store. We parked in the back and enjoyed the gardens first.
We really enjoyed the live music with a bluegrass flavor. I should have asked their names but I got distracted by the huge sandwich I was served.
“Come sit for a spell and relax” the swinging bench beckoned to me. I had to walk past lovely wooden quilt racks for sale, along with other wood items. One of these days I am going to bring one home with me, I think I can fill one with quilts easily by now!
Now, which jam to get, blackberry or blueberry, or maybe plum, or apple or peach? Those are pickles and chutneys on the left.
Turn the corner and there is rice and pastas, just waiting to be dinner. There are shelves and shelves of locally made spice blends and other foods, along with soaps and hand creams.
Homemade bread is sold here too, the little round loaf on the right came home with me. The nice lady waiting on me offered to slice it, but I think it will be best in big hunks with sweet unsalted butter.
From the Amish made cheeses, I selected my favorite – Amish Butter Cheese – and got several slices for that sourdough bread. I should have bought a couple of pounds of it, it is that good. Alas, I’ll just have to go back again for more, along with more of the wonderful turkey and roast beef, and more of their horseradish sauce. They also have fresh milk and buttermilk from Happy Cow Creamery.
Back outside to the gardens, lovely aren’t they?
This little outbuilding has quilt designs on the side.
This little storage barn has a wonderful mophead hydrangea growing beside it. The flowers are still green, and I’d love to know if they will turn pink or blue.
You have to visit the girls too.
Really fresh eggs anyone?
One more shot of the cars at the farm. The windmill is charming.
There is another garden behind the store. It reminds me of an English country garden, a bit unruly and full of flowers.
More places to sit and drink in the beauty behind the store.
If you are near Fairview, NC just southeast of Asheville, stop by and get some of their fresh meats, cheeses and eggs, wonderful jams, jellies and chutneys, breads, spices, pastas, snacks or anything they have! They sell handmade wooden items, and Amish furniture too. Visit them on the web at Troyer’s Amish Store.
Do you have a country market near you?