"They're babies, so the trees aren't supposed to be producing yet," she said. Then she made a two-inch circle with her fingers. "But a couple trees have a lemon or two on them, about this big."
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State law requires a distillery to grow 25 percent of its raw materials on site, Losey said. Bloomery Plantation has 2,000 Carolina raspberry plants, which fulfill that requirement. But Losey looks forward to the day when her distillery can use home-grown lemons in its limoncello.
In the meantime, between meeting visitors and making limoncello, Losey's days are busy.
"It's always chaotic here," she said.
"But it makes our days go fast," Rob Losey said. "There's rarely one of those days when you say, — I need something to do.'"
If you go ...
WHAT: Bloomery Plantation Distillery's Anniversary Bash
WHEN: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Bloomery Plantation Distillery, 16357 Charles Town Road, Charles Town, W.Va.
COST: Free admission; food and drink available for purchase
CONTACT: Call 304-725-3036 or go to www.bloomeryplantation.com.