The 35-Mile Drive

Enjoy a day well spent in Goochland County, Virginia.

The Great Pumpkin

Just as Gus Portokalos declares in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, “give me a word, any word, and I show you how the root of that word is Greek.”  So it is true for our favorite fall squash-like fruit- the pumpkin! The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon which is Greek for “large melon!” The French later changed it to pompon which was later changed by the British to pumpion and finally arrived in North America with the colonists and became widely known as the pumpkin!

With the rains of recent weeks, the pumpkin harvest is plentiful this year. Be sure to check out My Manakin Market this Saturday for locally sourced pumpkins (of course,) apples, pears, butternut squash, winter squash…the produce goes on and on! See the list below.

And what a harvest we are having (if the farmers can manage to get out there and pick in-between storms)!  We were fortunate here in Virginia not to have lost all of our pumpkins in the hurricane…  Speaking of pumpkins – we have baking pumpkins!  This week, we also have butternut squash and lots of other lovely winter squashes, fresh parsley and cilantro, green beans, beets, radishes, Arugula, peppers (including specialty varieties), a few tomatoes (slicing, cherries), zucchini, cabbage, sweet potatoes, potatoes, eggplant,  fresh herbs, heritage apples, fall raspberries

We have one producer who will be bringing in some apples from other Virginia farms, as it is extremely difficult to produce applies in this area.  They will also have Asian pears and plums from the Appalachian Valley.  We have a great selection of meats, including grass-fed beef, pastured pork, lamb and poultry.

We’ll have cheese this week from Night Sky Farm – come and try a sample! Our selection of baked goods includes breads, muffins, specialty cookies, focaccia, pies, quiches, and even pizza crusts!

We also have honey, candy, homemade spices, specialty nuts, jams, jellies, local wines and lots of other delicious Virginia Grown items available at My Manakin Market!

Live music this week is the Willow Creek Band, featuring a variety of bluegrass, gospel and Americana.

Special health fair this week only! Visit the website for more information www.mymanakinmarket.com

My Manakin Market is a member of the 35 Mile Drive Association- www.35miledrive.com

See ya at the market!

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2 comments on “The Great Pumpkin

  1. Casey
    October 20, 2011

    Are there any pick-your-own pumpkin farms along the 35 Mile Drive? My family has yet to secure a few and would love to go somewhere close and beautiful!

    • Aynsley Fisher
      October 21, 2011

      Alas! Not yet. Maybe next year:) No pumpkins but I’ll email you an invite to an appreciation party at Rassawek on Saturday, October 29 starting at 2:00, the home of our new signature event the Rassawek Heritage Show & Wine Festival. It’s an amazing place and the drive there takes you down the 35 Mile Drive!!

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