The Blue Ridge Parkway
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“When you move to Virginia, there is one thing you must do,” she said. “You must drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

So insisted my grandma over a year and a half ago, before I came to Polyface. I figured this fall it was high time to follow her advice, and quick! before all the brilliant fall leaves dropped.

Needless to say, my heart sang the whole way.

 

At the start of the Parkway was a reconstructed farmstead, made up of 1800’s-era structures all found within 45 minutes of the area.

Old time-y bee hives

 

A bear-proof temporary holding pen for pigs

 

This was used to make lye from fireplace ashes, that would then be turned into soap

My grandma is right about most things, and this was no exception! Have you ever driven on the Blue Ridge Parkway?

 

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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.
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2 Responses to The Blue Ridge Parkway

  1. Sheri Salatin says:

    Love your pictures. I’m so glad that you got to take the drive. Isn’t it just beautiful! 🙂

  2. Amanda Reifsnyder says:

    An extended branch of my family is from Stuart, VA, not too far off the parkway. That entire area is so gorgeous and when we would visit each year at Thanksgiving, I would feel as if it was a “home” I’d never lived in, but my soul knew well! Your pictures of the recreated homestead made me think of Mabry Mill, also near the parkway, I believe. One of the great-great men in our family helped build the mill and it always brings a smile to my heart when I see it’s picturesque image on a card or trinket in a Cracker Barrel or somewhere ordinary. We’d love to come visit you all at Polyface sometime, and take our own jog down the Blueridge Parkway to soak in some of the splendor God has gifted Virginia with! Thanks for sharing!