On Wednesday, July 20th, twenty-one Plateau Corvette Club members traveled in Corvettes and steel cars along beautiful Tennessee backroads first to view TVA’s Watts Bar Dam.  After leaving the park, we continued on along the hills and curves to our destination,  Sweetwater Valley Farm in Philadelphia, Tennessee.

Sweetwater Valley Farm has the latest technology in the dairy industry – they milk cows with robots – Tennessee’s first “Lely XL” robotic facility.  They also make and sell their own cheese.  Our group took the “Red Cow Tour” to learn all about how its all done.  They pride themselves on their “Seed to Sandwich” philosophy – they start by planting a seed which grows in the ground and this produces the food that the cows eat.  The milk from the cows goes to Mayfield Dairy as well as being used onsite where Sweetwater Valley Farms makes their own cheese.  The  cheese they make is used in their sandwich shop at the dairy where we enjoyed a sandwich with freshly made cheese – they also serve some pretty good milkshakes!  The tour was very interesting!

After lunching at the sandwich shop, visiting the fresh cheese shop where you can sample and purchase of all of the cheeses they make, and then touring the robotic facility, we headed to the “Live & Let Live Old Fashioned Soda Fountain” –  Rockwood, Tennessee’s oldest existing business, complete with its original green marble counter from the 1890’s.  The ice cream was very good and enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Todd and Pam for leading, Thanks to Kathy J for the write up.

Drivers Meeting before hitting the road!

Stop at Bars Lake

Start of the Tour
Automatic Milker
Inside the robot!
Cows lining up to be milked
Enjoying some Ice Cream