Terhune Orchards. Does that name mean something to you? If it doesn't, you've missed a fundamental part of '66 lore, the wonderful dinners hosted by Gary and Pam Mount at off-year Reunions. This is an omission you must fix, starting next May. Just imagine pies made of fresh-picked fruit.
Gary and Pam, fresh out of the Peace Corps in Micronesia, purchased Terhune in 1975. Gary had grown up on an apple farm in Mercer County and comes from many generations of working the land. He had no intention of being a farmer, and was in grad school at the University of Virginia studying what today is called neurobiology, when his father died.
47 years later, Terhune is a substantial enterprise. The farm is five times its original size, they grow 45 different crops, and have about 700,000 visitors a year (pick your own fruit, wine tastings, farm store). They are the second largest destination in Mercer County (yes, you know the largest destination). And the Mounts' two daughters Reuwai and Tannwen will continue to run the business going forward after Gary and Pam retire (unclear what "retire" means when you're a farmer; maybe Gary and Pam will explain this to us). Son Mark is career Army. Gary says what he loves best is planting apple trees in the spring; all the grandchildren participate in that. Sounds like great grandparenting and very clever long term generational planning.
Those of us involved in putting together Tiger Talks have been looking forward to this one for many months.
Read more about Terhune here and about Gary and Pam and about Gary's recently published book (A Farmer's Life) here.
The Mounts are wonderful people, deeply embedded in the history of Mercer County and in '66. Please be sure to join us. Our Zoom will start at 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 7; 15 minutes of social conversation with the program itself to start at 4:00.
The Zoom link is here.