Oak Shade Tree Farm
At Oak Shade Farm, the Mello family's log home has a long front porch which looks west about 20 miles to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. At the farm, you will see a large fire pit as you look toward the mountains where you can enjoy sunsets and starry nights. Just beyond is the organic vegetable garden and beyond that is the largest of four Christmas tree fields, about 7 acres in size. Just above that field is the studio, where Sally and Jeanne create their beautiful hooked rugs. Beyond the studio is the large barn and a bit further, tucked away beside a shed, are a dozen beehives which produced nearly 600 pounds of honey this year. South of the house is a grove of pines where you'll find the shiitake mushroom logs, presently 400 in number. In the house is Jim's loom, used to create runners, scarves and other fabrics when the weather is bad and no outdoor work can be done. A small grape arbor is just to the west of the studio, and cherry and pear trees are scattered about on the hilltop. Mature woods lie to the north of the house and flow down to a lovely creek at the bottom of the land.