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Epicurean Kentuckian: $6.95 buffet will continue

A review of the inaugural buffet. The food is excellent. We'll go back from time to time. Note: The Mustard Seed is a a regular advertiser in ColumbiaMagazine.com's What's Cooking Section.
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By Ed Waggener

That Sunday afternoon brunch at Ramon & Lemia Laval's The Mustard Seed, - One attractive feature is an afternoon brunch, which started Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013, and was a huge hit with the diners on the first day. Sunday, from 12pm-3pmCT/1pm-4pmET. The buffet carries an amazing price: $6.95 (before a 10% Senior Citizens Discount, for those over 62) inclusive for the all one cares to eat buffet, which, yesterday included: Texas Style Brisket and Pork Stew. Mashed Potatoes. Corn. Squash Casserole. Farm Fresh Sliced Tomatoes. Canteloupe. Watermelon. Cucumber Salad. Eggs cooked to order. Sausage Gravy. / Dessert: Ooey Gooey Brownies.

The price included drinks: Home brewed Iced Tea, Fresh brewed Coffee, or Ice Cold Water. And there was no charge made to order French Toast with a homemade hot Peach topping, or for Eggs Cooked to order. It was all part of the $6.95 charge.

The meats were good. But the vegetables and salads were the big draw for us. They were superb. There was a vinegary and not two sweet cucumber and onion salad which was incredible. The corn was farm fresh corn on the cob. The green beans were fresh from a Pellyton neighbor. They were in a dish with boiled potatoes. I'm a squash devotee, and I'd go back if all she had on the buffet were the Squash Casserole. I had it for dessert, after eating a large portion for breakfast/dinner.

Lemia and her friends did for Pellyton what Huber's in Floyds Knobs, and Jacksons in Warren County, and Amish Acres has done in Nappanee, IN: Put the taste of local, the feel of country, into a presentation which regularly draw hords of diners to those places.

When you go to those famous places, prices are commensurate with the quality, service, with a bit of a surcharge for the setting. For now, Lemia's is about one-third to one-fourth the cost of those locales. We're highly doubtful that it can continue so low, but then, we were more than surprised on Sunday. We do predict that if the word gets out, she'll have to take reservations for the Sunday brunches.

The whole tab much less than a modest tip at a lot of places in Louisville, Somerset, or Bowling Green. And their was no coverage charge for volunteer hospitality from local celebrities who supplied entertainment Sunday.

She's committed to continue

She's committed to continue. We predict reservations may be necessary if the next buffet compares to yesterday's.

Farmers Market starts at The Mustard Seed Saturday

A sign in the window at the store, announces a Farmers Market next Saturday. July 27, from 8am-1pmCT. It will be on the Mustard Seed Side Lot. There's no charge for vendors, who are requested to sign up at the store first. There's a non-compete with the store clause, but other than that, it's mostly on a first come, first serve basis.

It's kind of a no-surprise development. Sanders Ridge is famous for produce. Indeed the whole Pellyton area is.

Advice is readily available from stalwart producers like Boss Blair, who was a Sunday diner, who still has a personal garden, and who earned a reputation for the quality of his vegetables, and especially for his watermelons and cantaloupes, at the Farmers Market at the Adair Extension Office. And speaking of extension services: Lemia offers advice on divers topics.

My first wife Linda and favorite mother in law Geniece even placed an order for a pair of llamas through Lemia, yesterday. Lemia is dedicated to the store now, but in past times, she had llamas, which somehow know how to befriend man's friends like cats and dogs, but are better than a mountain feist at ridding the premises of pesky grundoons.

The Lavals aren't planning to go so big in llamas in Adair County. They're planning a herd of beef cattle this time. But Lemia remembers her Llamas as almost perfect friends.

Lemia has ambitious plans for The Mustard Seed, and sees a side porch dining room with views of the beautiful Amish Country farm scenes and ridgeland scenery coming in the future. But it will all be one step at a time. - EW.

The Mustard Seed in the Village of Pellyton, (Adair County), 17165 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY Ramon & Lemia Laval, owners & managers. Phone 270-384-9562. Excellent Wi-Fi. Accept all credit cards. Country Store Grocery. Hours: 6am-6:30pmCT/7am-7:30pmET, Monday through Thursday. Friday and Sat


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Epicurean Kentuckian: Sunday buffet will continue



2013-07-22 - 17165 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Lemia Laval proprietor and chief chef, stands in front of one of the flower baskets on the porch at The Mustard Seed, in the Village of Pellyton, (Adair County), 17165 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY, at the bottom of Sanders Ridge Road, just below Spruce Hollow Road, where she's putting together a unique version of the country store. Her Sunday afternoon brunches will continue. She says. The store is also adding a Saturday Farmers Market for area growers.
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