Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Anyone? Anything? Somewhere between Lynchburg and Roanoke, just south of Bedford.
We'll be on the westside of the lake for a week. Would really like to hear about any good carry-outs, farm stands, local produce, meats or poultry. Actually, at this point, I'm hoping I can find a Piggly-Wiggly! I fear seven days of hot dogs, corn chips and canned beer!
OK. I will answer my own post in an effort to help others.
First, avoid the FoodLion and the Shop-Rite at all costs. The Kroger in Westlake, instead, is a great supermarket and really can satisfy almost any gourmet shopping list. Produce, bakery, deli, cheese, meats, and even wine are well covered. Seafood is not. Frozen shrimp are OK and farmed raised salmon etc looks good on Thurs and Fri only.
There is a seafood truck on Sat AMs on Scruggs Rd just east of Rt 122. Again, everything was pre-frozen, but it is certainly better frozen. Fish filets, shrimp, crab legs, etc. The sign says clams, I dont konw if they are fresh or not. Dont see how it could be.
For real upscale meat/poultry/etc, EcoFriendly Foods is located in Moneta. You can google them. Bev Egglston is considered a pioneer in this area. They supply almost all of the very, very top restaurants in DC with pork, lamb, beef, chicken, rabbit, etc. The plant in Moneta has a retail shop open weekdays 9 - 4PM. Everything is frozen, but there is a wide selection. Caution: this stuff is NOT cheap. Chickens are $22 each. We also had hangar steak and pork chops which we enjoyed.
There is also produce in Moneta on Rt 122 at the Flower Stand. It's fine but limited. There is a farmers market right in Westlake on Sat morninings during the summer months. There is a "community" market north of the Lake on Rt 122 also on Sat AMs. We enjoyed the amish produce stand just past Burnt Chimney on the left. "McGregor's" maybe (?). You will see an large old wooden wagon full of produce and a young lady in her long print dress helping buyers.
Do not dine out. Fallons, Jonathans, Blackwater, Water Front Country Club, Harrisons, pizza, etc are all awful. Awful. The Landing is pretty darn good, but it too is not cheap. $28 entrees. The best options are the Duck In for egg/ham/cheese biscuits and the Dairy Queen for ice cream.