The last time we were in the mountains my husband and I spotted a house near the end of the main shopping street in Blue Ridge, GA. Apparently, it used to be an antique shop a long time ago, but at the time it was empty and starting to age. It had peeling paint all along the street side and we knew it would need a LOT of love to be viable. We loved the lines of the architecture and started dreaming about how great it would be to own it and convert the basement area into a shop with living quarters above the street level.
Imagine our delight when we arrived back in the same area this year and saw that someone else had apparently seen the same possibilities…and fortunately for them, had the cash to make the dream come true! The street-level basement had a newly set rock front and the upper levels were in the process of their own beauty make-over. When completed, it will be absolutely gorgeous!
And then I saw the name on the glass windows of the street level shop: Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company. Now, I have to tell you that my mind immediately went to Francis Ford Coppola’s classic movie “The Godfather” and I almost laughed out loud at my mental image of Don Corleone with a Southern/Appalachian accent. I mean, really, that’s pretty funny stuff! I’m a fan of that particular movie, so my brain had all kinds of dialogue to work with right there on the spot! Fortunately for my husband, I kept all that brilliant humor to myself so I could go inside and explore.
It was fabulous! In addition to their great selection of olive oils from various locations, they also had oils that have been infused with additional flavors. As another bonus, they also carry a wide selection of both dark and light balsamic vinegars. We picked out some olive oil and some Blackberry Ginger Dark vinegar and a bottle of Cranberry Pear White balsamic vinegar. I’ve already opened and used the Blackberry Ginger balsamic on some baked herb chicken since we returned home and all I can say is…I’m really happy that the new owners got to realize the dream first.
(They’re still brand new—their official opening day was the day AFTER we were there!—but if you’re interested, you can find out more about them at www.BlueRidgeOliveOil.com My recommendation for the Blackberry Ginger Balsamic vinegar stands!)
And in case you’re in need of a new favorite apple, let me recommend the Limbertwigs variety—another food discovery on the family trip to the mountains. Limbertwigs—gotta love the name!—are crisp with a great mix of tart and sweet and they are very juicy! I think the Pink Lady apples may have to move to 2nd place on my list for this year.