Once upon a time (I am not making this up!) someone planted hundreds and hundreds of daffodil bulbs in a field in Bell’s Cove, right at the foot of the mountain. Those hundreds became thousands, covering acres and spilling into the adjacent woods. Every spring, the kindly “daffodil farmer” invites one and all to come pick as many as we want for a mere 2¢ per stem! It’s on the honor system – count your flowers, count your money, and leave it in the box.
To get to this beautiful spot, take Highway 41 from Monteagle down the mountain toward Pelham. As soon as you reach the valley, turn left on Bell’s Cove Road. Left again on the first paved road and go a short distance. You’ll soon see the field of daffodils. Park on the roadside, and pick these fragrant old-fashioned flowers to your heart’s content.
No, I’ve never met the farmer, and I know only the skimpiest of stories about this place. Bu I do know that it’s a wonderful thing that we have here. And a trip to the daffodil farm is a great way to welcome springtime!