Art, Food and Wreath Making #helloholidays

Nothing says hello holidays like a little shopping, delicious local seasonal food and wreath making! Bring your friends for an afternoon of fun at the beautiful and  historic Huguenot Springs, home of the 2016 Purveyor of the Year, Manakintowne Specialty Growers. Shop original work by local artists, check out the silent auction and prepare to get crafty for the wreath making workshop. Bring your own snips and garden gloves, all other supplies and accessories provided.

December 4th, 12- 5 p.m.

Wreath workshop  and silent auction 1-3.

The wreath workshop costs $35. Your professional stunning wreath- priceless! Reserve your spot today at www.centerforruralculture.org/food-art-wreath-making

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Farm to Table Dinner- Get Your Tickets!

JOIN THE CENTER FOR RURAL CULTURE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRE, FLOUR & FORK FOR AN EXCITING CULINARY ADVENTURE!greensThis year the 2016 Purveyor of the year, Manakintowne Specialty Greens, hosts Dutch & Co and Tom Power of Fat Canary as they bring the farm…. literally….to your table.

Sunday, November 20th, 1 p.m. and Farm Tour at 11 a.m.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND GOING FAST! BUY THEM AT www.fireflourandfork.com

 

 

Goochland Farm Tour

From Hollywood, CA to Goochland County! Suri Downs Alpacas will be one stop on the Goochland Farm Tour on September 15th.

5th Annual Farm Tour to Showcase Goochland Farms

Are you looking for a fun, free educational outing that everyone in your family will enjoy?  If so, then come join us for the fifth annual Farm Tour.  This year’s Farm Tour will highlight local Goochland agri-businesses, including a dairy operation, a sustainably produced beef farm, specialized equestrian facilities, an alpaca farm as well as the Goochland Farmers Market.

The free, self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, when six unique agribusiness sites will be open to the public. Operators will make presentations on the hour and the half-hour.

The following farms will be featured:

Alvis Farms, 1700 Alvis Road, Manakin Sabot

Alvis Farms is a family owned and operated dairy farm in eastern Goochland County. The dairy was started in 1965, and is now home to 750 milking cows, most of which are Registered Holsteins. The milking cows are housed on waterbeds, and are milked three times a day.  The family also farms roughly 4,000 acres, which is spread throughout 8 different counties. The crops grown are corn, wheat, soybeans, barley, and alfalfa.   The farm tour will showcase both the dairy and crop operations.  Additionally, representatives from Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District will be on hand providing educational information.

Photo by Debby Thomas. http://www.AnimalArtandPhotography.com

Applegarth Farm, 1225 Shallow Well Road, Manakin:  Applegarth Farm is a horse training and boarding operation established in 2001.  The farm currently boards over 25 horses, many of whom are trained in hunter-jumping.

Brookview Farm, 854 Dover Road, Manakin-Sabot:  The Fishers have been pioneers in organic, sustainable farming in the mid-Atlantic since establishing Brookview in 1981 as a grass-fed and finished- cattle commercial farming operation.  Family-owned and operated, Brookview comprises over 300 acres of pasture on which cattle roam and graze exclusively on grass and clover. Brookview epitomizes the highest standards of environmental stewardship, producing all organic products without the use of pesticides, hormones and commercial fertilizers

The Goochland Farmers Market

Goochland Farmer’s Market, 2955 River Road West (Grace Episcopal Church),

Goochland:   Every Saturday morning from May through October, Goochland’s only all volunteer and non-profit Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. until noon. Each week, this genuine country market offers some of the finest produce, meats, breads, wines, cheeses, plants and farm crafts produced in Central Virginia.

Little Hawk Farm, 1625 Cardwell Road, Crozier:  Dr. Tom Newton and his wife Jennifer live and work at Little Hawk Farm, a regionally renowned equine reproduction center.  Dr. Newton has over thirty years of equine veterinary experience and offers a full range of equine reproductive services—including all three methods of breeding horses.  Little Hawk Farm has several barns to accommodate outside mares, stallions, foaling stalls as well as a reproductive lab.  There are also a number of award winning stallions on site, along with Sam-Mule, the friendly, resident Sicilian miniature donkey.

Suri Downs Alpacas, 2280 Camelback Road, Maidens:  In 2006, a chance encounter with a newspaper article extolling the joys of alpacas prompted the Finchers to consider trading their Hollywood, CA lifestyles for a more rural way of life.  Five years later, the couple moved to Maidens, VA and established Suri Downs Alpacas.   Together they raise over 30 friendly alpacas on their farm and currently have two crias (babies).

The Center for Rural Culture will offer grilled local, organic, grass-fed beef burgers provided by Brookview Farm as well hot dogs and veggie burgers with sides and a beverage.  The luncheon will be held from 11:30 – 1:30 at beautiful Brookview Farm, 854 Dover Road, Manakin-Sabot.  The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 6 and under.  All proceeds will benefit the Center for Rural Culture’s Education and Outreach Programs.  Lunch reservations are required.  Please call (804) 556-5841 or e-mail sgrayson@vt.edu with your meal preferences by Sep 13th.  Additionally, the Women of Grace Episcopal Church will have delicious homemade baked goods for sale separately.

A brochure that includes a map to the tour stops will shortly be available at county offices and retail locations in both Goochland and Powhatan counties later this month.  Details will also be available online at http://offices.ext.vt.edu/goochland and at http://www.centerforruralculture.org.  A map of the farms can be found at: http://goo.gl/maps/afkqU.

Tour sponsors include the Center for Rural Culture, the Goochland Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Goochland County Farm Bureau, the Goochland Chamber of Commerce and the Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District.

Spring on the Farm

For those of you who live in the Richmond, Virginia metro region, please join us Saturday, March 31st at Brookview Farm in Manakin-Sabot, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In celebration of early spring on the farm, we will have cooking demos including how to make your own potato chips and how to cook grass-fed beef. As you may know, Brookview is an organic farm specializing in grass-fed beef.

Learn more about the Local Roots Online Food Co-op, an online year-round farmer’s market with Thursday pickups at Brookview.

We will be serving our famous Brookview Beef Barbecue for lunch. Bring the family for a special day on the farm!

Sponsored by the Center for Rural Culture (www.centerforruralculture.org) Visit www.brookviewfarm.com or wwwluluslocalfood.com

Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

Want to grow your own Shiitake Mushrooms?

This workshop is for anyone who has looked at the mushrooms available in the grocery store and wished for fresher, non-bruised, local mushrooms for their table. Participants will learn the techniques and environmental conditions necessary for growing delicious shiitake mushrooms in Virginia. After a discussion of the factors necessary to get started, participants will tour the mushroom production area on Rock Castle Farm. After this quick tour, students will be given spawn and a log (3-4′) to inoculate and bring home to grow their own mushrooms.   We will provide all the necessary tools and supplies. The cost of this workshop is $25, which includes a $5.00 materials fee for the spawn and log. Participants can register online at http://crcmushrooms.eventbrite.com. Or click the link above.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Rockcastle Farm

745 Rock Castle Road

Goochland, Va.

For more information, visit www.centerforruralculture.org. Interested in more workshops? View their schedule in the popular Homesteading series.

Grassn’ New Year’s Eve at Tanglewood Ordinary with Anderson-Strickland

Tanglewood Ordinary

“String “in the new year with nationally-known bluegrass band Anderson-Strickland at the historic Tanglewood Ordinary Restaurant in Goochland County along the 35 Mile Drive.

Hailing from Troutdale, Virginia, Gerald Anderson and Spencer Strickland are renowned as makers of “Crooked Road” guitars. Their handcrafted mandolins and guitars are sought after by musicians all over the county. The best in class, 5 member bluegrass band has twice entertained audiences on “Song of the Mountains” at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia.  With searing instrumentation and soaring harmonies, Anderson and Strickland play with an exuberance and joy that is infectious. Whether jamming in the sawdust of their instrument shop, on stage or in the studio, they bring it every time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enIKBdb1JCo

Spend an evening in the country, go west and get your grass on!

Within thirty minutes from Richmond, Tanglewood is a destination in an of itself. Family-style dining. Dinner served up to 7:30. Steamed spriced shrimp among their famous sides and additional entrees. Advance reservations for whole tables (4 and up) available at $40 per person which includes dinner, music, regular beverages, dessert, tax and tip. Beer and wine available, champagne by request.

Music only tickets also available.

804-556-3284 or www.ordinary.com

Tanglewood Ordinary is a member of 35 Mile Drive (www35miledrive.com)

Harvest Bluegrass Festival at Grayhaven

Pickin’ Party Fireside at the Harvest Festival

Who doesn’t love a good music festival? Particularly when it’s at a winery, less than 30 minutes from Richmond, with optional camping, bonfires and pickin’ parties after hours! The Harvest Bluegrass Festival at Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring fits the bill.

 Saturday (9/24) and Sunday (9/25) from 11 to 6

 Single Day Pass- $15. pp, $20 at the door. Two Day Pass- $25. pp, $30 at the door. Kids 17 and under attend free with parent!

 

Featuring a fantastic lineup of Virginia’s finest, including:

 The Ridge Runners, Maidens Crossing, Heavy Duty, The Spenser Boys, Harper & Co., Rattlesnake Creek, Liza Bance Band

 

Great Food,, Handcrafted Virginia Wines & Sangria by Grayhaven Winery, Local Artisans, Kids’ Activities

Mandolin, fiddle & guitar Workshops

Plenty of Space for Pickin’ With Friends

 

Stuff You Can Bring:

RV’s (With reservation)

Dogs (Well behaved – on leash)

Lawn Chairs

Picnic Blankets

Coolers (Subject to security check)

Instruments

 

Please Don’t Bring:

Alcohol of Any Kind

 Tickets on sale!

Call Grayhaven Winery for RV Reservations and Info:

(804) 556-3917

 

Grayhaven is located in Gum Spring, VA

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Friday Night Pickin’ Party

For Registered Campers

 

Friday September 23th

4pm-8pm

www.grayhavenwinery.com and www.35miledrive.com