We had another great moment in home dining last week after I picked up a few items from a mini-market event by the folks at Rolling Hills Market, who are working to develop and open a retail shop at Kyova Mall as early as August.
The market began as a healthy-food buying club and was quickly embraced by dozens of local consumers who wanted better quality foods, produced with no pesticides, steroids, antibiotics and hormones. I’ve written about my love of the beef they sell, which is raised and produced without antibiotics and other chemicals, at Rolling “R” Farm in Carter County. This time, I picked up a whole chicken and a little bit of pork I will write about in a future column, along with a half-gallon of whole milk and a carton of half-and-half from Snowville Creamery in Pomeroy, Ohio.
We really don’t go through much milk, but on this particular evening my wife was possessed by some alien force and had actually ventured into the kitchen, where she found the components for a batch of brownies. While her previous efforts in the kitchen have been ... less than successful, my wife’s brownies (using a box kit purchased at Big Lots for 89 cents) came out of the oven perfect. A big, cold glass of that fresh, whole milk was without a doubt the perfect stuff to wash them down with. In fact, when she first tasted the milk, my wife said, “This makes me remember what milk tasted like when I was in kindergarten.” I certainly couldn’t say it any better than that.
Now, back to the big news about Rolling Hills Market. “We are starting renovations on July 9 ... painting and such. We are hoping to be up and running at the first of August. We will be having a big open house when we do. As far as products, we will be expanding that greatly, focusing on healthy, local foods. We are considering a 250 mile range for local products. As of right now, we’ll have the meat, chicken, Snowville dairy, cheese, produce, pastas, grains, coffee, herbs, spices, breads ... to name a few. We have a lot of work to do! It’s very exciting,” said spokesman Lisa McNeal. “I believe that our hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“I forgot jams and honey. We will also be having education classes on a variety of topics, such as herbs, cheese making, soap making, etc. We will be putting in a commercial kitchen that people will be able to use for starting up small businesses. Kentucky law requires a separate kitchen for food businesses. A lot of people can’t afford that kind of startup cost. So, we’ll have that available, too,” McNeal said.
For more information, look up Rolling Hills Market on Facebook, email email@example.com or call (606) 315-4609.
“We are working on a web page too,” McNeal said. “We'll have that up and going soon.”
South Shore scissors
I haven’t been to the city of South Shore in a long time, so it was good to get a bit of business news from the Greenup County town to our north.
Mike Wright, a member of the class of 1986 from Greenup County High School, recently opened Mike’s Barber Shop and became “the only barber shop in South Shore.”
Wright said he worked as an aircraft mechanic for a decade before returning home and opening his one-chair shop, which is across from Foodland and next to Family Dollar. I asked Wright to tell me about his shop and said the place is “kind of new-fangled,” specializing in men’s and boy’s haircuts.
Wright works with walk-ins only, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
I was determined to make it to the Ashland Elks Lodge to enjoy a cheeseburger (loaded with bacon, of course) and a few onion rings last week, although I didn’t end up anywhere near the place.
Fellow reporter Kenneth Hart, however, heard me plotting and scheming and took advantage of his own opportunity to visit the lodge on Carter Avenue during lunch. Hart, who recently returned from a few weeks off duty only to find his co-workers had raided his desk and stolen every drop of his coffee, reported he enjoyed an excellent meal and was surrounded by nice people. Noting the local Elks lodge has an extensive menu with much more than just cheeseburgers (the baked steak is legendary), Hart said he intends to go back often.
Manager Bill Grace reminds folks they don’t have to be a lodge member to enjoy lunch there, with the dining hall welcoming the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Grace credits the efforts of chief cook Connie Messer for the excellent satisfaction rating, and explained they take great pride in serving great food at “the best prices in town.”
For more information or to place an order, call (606) 324-5720.
Many were stunned recently as word spread about the passing of local broadcaster Chuck Black.
In the world of local musicians, Black was a man with many friends and a bunch of them were out of town or otherwise unavailable to do anything in the form of tribute to the man. Making up for lost time, a gang of players and singers will be performing today for a Black Sunday/St. Jude Benefit, which gets started at 1 p.m. with singer/songwriter Dana Romanello, followed by Eddie and The Cougars, an acoustic show by Against the Grain, Tom Wintz and Brenden Wintz, Larry Pancake, Luna and David Prince, Dustin Burchett and a headline performance by BGC Records’ Bobby Cyrus.
Even though I didn’t know Black, I’ve been touched by the number of good things so many talented people had to say about him. I will be there today with my little box of harmonicas, and plan to play along with Eddie and The Cougars or anyone else who would like a touch of blues harp in their tunes. The afternoon of music will include a silent auction and door prizes, including movie passes. Funds raised will go to local radio station WTCR for its longstanding annual St. Jude radiothon.
The event will be at Callihan’s American Pub & Grill, and I suspect owner Tal Callihan might even join in the action and break out a guitar before the day is done. For more information, call (606) 585-0586.
TIM PRESTON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2651.