My mother "Mamaw" and I had lunch with "The mayor", Janet, his beautiful wife and his new son "McDuff" which is a great sleepy dog. We had lunch at Carver's Orchard which is a beautiful place located at the base of the Smokey Mountains. They have a huge orchard of apples which they sell at their market. It is a unique place where they sell not only their apples, but all their other products such as fruit, jams, jellies, vegetables, hot fried pies and everthing else.
We had lunch at their restaurant which has a huge 150 foot long window overlooking their orchard and the mountain which adjoins it. The Mayor and I had their grilled pork chops and country ham with slaw, green beans, country apples, apple fritters, real apple cider, apple butter and their apple rolls. Mamaw and Janet had their catfish which I sampled. Sweet, cornbread covered catfish which was as mild as I had ever had.
After the lunch, we went to their bakery where Al, Janet, Mamaw, McDuff and I shared a dozen of their fried pies. I think Al and Janet bought some bargin butternut squash and some apples. I bought Mamaw a bushel of winesap apples and a small portion of Arkansas Black and Golden Delicious. Mamaw will use the apples for apple butter and perhaps dry a few.
It was a great experience to visit with our moderator and his wonderful supportive wife Janet plus their new addition to the family "McDuff"
May God bless this wonderful family and it was my fortune to be with such wonderful people. The weather was perfect, the leaves were beautiful, the location was super and unfortunately we were not able to sample some spirits of the moonshine capital of the USA in Cosby, TN
Paul E. Smith