Lillie Pearl and George Nelson Fearnow came to Mechanicsville, Virginia in 1919 from West Virginia. She always had a pot of Brunswick stew brewing for kinfolk visiting from across the mountains.
Lillie Fearnow soon started to enter her stew at the State Fair. She won blue ribbons and found herself packing jars for the food departments in several local department stores.
By 1946 her two sons joined in establishing her cottage industry into a full time business. Mrs. Fearnow was one of the "Greatest Generation," the ones who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps to survive. She worked with family members to provide extra money by selling stew during the Depression.
The business quickly grew to be too much for the family kitchen so they purchased a second farm and cannery in Hanover to harvest vegetables. The property was named “Hope Farm.”
The stew, found in a bright yellow can in the canned meat section of many grocery stores, is a tasty, stick to your ribs recipe, of tender chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, butter beans, onions, corn, carrots, parsley, special seasonings and spices.
The delicious Mrs.Fearnow's brand is now owned by Bost Distributing Company, Inc. Sanford, NC.