Blount Countians know about Blue Spring water. They know about the fabulously clean, nearly million-gallon-a-day beautiful, blue spring in a field under a barn bearing its name on the west side of U. S. 231 between Blountsville and Rainbow Crossing.
They know and their parents know that it was real good water: smooth, soft, clear, even with restorative properties, some said, citing relief of arthritis or rheumatism symptoms they attributed to the water. They knew they couldn’t always get it when they wanted it, because sometimes, there was no water at the store – because there were no people at the store to sell it to them.
But that’s about to change. Blue Spring water is back, and its prospects are better than ever. The bottling equipment is repaired, restored, and reassembled and bottling is proceeding – since mid-October – with renewed vigor as a new team of bottlers ramps up the operation (1,000 gallons in 5-gallon jugs and 128 cases or about 2,000 16-oz. bottles delivered last week) in preparation for a statewide rollout of Blue Spring Living Water in December.
So, when and where can you get it? If you make the drive to the store-front office and bottling plant on U. S. 231 a few miles north of Blountsville, you can get it NOW. It’s the glass-fronted building near the highway, right adjacent to the barn with Blue Spring on the front. But that’s the only place you can buy it locally until roughly the Christmas holidays. That’s about how long it will take to give the distribution channels time to reach retail outlets throughout the network. Then you will find it in grocery stores, convenient stores, and some specialty food, snack, and gourmet product stores around the county.
IS THAT THE WATER STORE? Yes. Always has been ever since they first began bottling there years ago. You can get water there now, and you can get water there later, after the statewide rollout, but it’s going to undergo a transformation even greater then the recent one when it was renovated and restored. The one-of-kind concept (for Blount County, anyway) is to create a healthy specialties haven/ heaven for edibles, certainly including drinkables like Blue Spring Living Water, but that might include locally produced specialty products like furniture, artwork, perhaps more. If that seems vague, the list below will provide an example of the kind of gourmet edible products would be featured – much, but not all, of it locally produced: fresh organic produce; select prime meat cuts; vitamins and related (natural?) health supplements and nutrients; local goat cheese, and perhaps other goat milk products; honey; locally ground coffee blends; and gourmet stuff: cookies, granola, cheese straws, fancy pecans, etc. Here it takes another interesting direction: a sustained emphasis on community support and community relationships, sharing health-related information, connecting with people on a level beyond the purely practical.
Words fail from lack of sufficient understanding, but these folks are projecting a new and fascinating vision for retail practice in Blount County.