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.

Can you dig it? Winter farm workshops

Fancy yourself a Farmtrepreneur-in-the-making?

ChicknEGG Productions, who brings us My Manakin Market in central Virginia, will offer a workshop for aspiring or beginning farmers featuring essential resources and tools that will help make your start-up farm enterprise a success. The all-day workshop kicks off on February 9th at the Holiday Inn Kroger Center South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia and is followed by a farm tour on February 10th.

In Search of Chickens?

Don’t miss the upcoming Master Chicken Keepers Workshop on February 25th. Learn how to integrate chickens into your yard and garden in ways that will benefit you, your neighborhood and community. Learn how the little chicken can empower urban agriculture and help save on local tax payer dollars. Time to think outside the coop and inside your garden.

So you miss the farmer’s market? Not to worry, check out My Manakin Market’s new indoor winter market. Saturday, February 4th at Enzo’s Italian Chophouse on the new heated indoor patio in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia.

For information on the Farm Enterprise Workshop, the Master Chicken Keeper Workshop and the Indoor Market, please visit www.chiknegg.com

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)

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!

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

Spread the Good Word

Virginia’s Crooked Road, a heritage music trail in the southwestern part of the state, seems to have taken a detour to Goochland County. Award-winning bluegrass talent and native Goochlander Michelle Nixon and her band Drive are taking the airwaves by storm. Their new CD debuts at #1 on the National BMP Music Chart!

Your Kind of Love is #19 on the hot singles chart

Brand New City  is #5 on the Powergrass Gospel top ten.

 

Here are a few ways to help our hometown girl stay on the charts:

Call XM Radio/BlueGrass Junction @ 1877-982-2656 to request or email them! or www.xmradio.com or bluegrassjunction@siriusxm.com

Visit www.worldwidebluegrass.com -click tune in…then choose a DJ and make your request (reporting DJ’s to make request too: Gracie Muldoon, Jay, Geoff, Debbie & Ernie Evans, Uncle Billy Dunbar.

Other DJ’s that stream: The Bo Man @ theboman@theboman.com

Buddy Micheals @ hometownfestival@bellsouth.net (live show on Mondays from Roxboro NC wkrx 96.7 fm, streams on Sat. mornings @ life103.1.com )

Cindy Baucom @ www.kneedeepinbluegrass.com

Charlie Hansen @ cwhansen@islandtelecom.com  (station is CFCY Bluegrass Island on Sunday evening)

Brenda Lawson @ lawsonentertain@aol.com (station is WBBC on wed. nights, streams)

Katy Daley, Lisa Kay Howard, Gary Henderson & Lee Michael Dempsy @ www.bluegrasscountry.org

Jay Allen @ Blue Ridge Country 98.1 – jay@blueridgecountry98.com

 

Join Michelle and Drive to celebrate the release of their CD!

Saturday, October 29

GOOCHLAND COUNTY’S FALL FESTIVAL

Old High School Football Field

2:00 p.m.

FREE

Michelle Nixon is a friend of 35 Mile Drive. www.35miledrive.com

 

 

Field Day of the Past This Weekend

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Ever been to Field Day of the Past? Located just off the Rockville/ Manakin exit on I-64, near the Rte 288 interchange, is  a festival unlike any other. Part country fair, complete with carnival rides and fair food, and part historical heritage event with antique cars, tractors and machinery, Field Day takes place in a village setting with paths for easy strolling. How will you know you are near? Just look for the American flag flying high over the tree tops. Don’t miss out on this great family event!
Friday 9/16,  Saturday 9/17, Sunday 9/18 from 8 am to 6 pm, www.fielddayofthepast.net 

Field Day of the Past mixes the warm, down-home atmosphere of the county fairs of yesteryear with exhibits and displays of museum quality.  Historical displays and exhibits, re-enactments, tractor and truck pulls, small engine displays, arts and crafts, flea market, antique and modern construction equipment demonstrations, a log cabin with ongoing heritage craft demonstrations can be experienced throughout the weekend. Volunteers demonstrate the daily routines of the life of a family surviving in early rural Virginia which include wheat and peanut threshing, meat smoking, the making of sorghum molasses, washing clothes, canning, saw milling and other chores.

Permanent exhibits and structures include a working United States post office, a 1930’s grocery store and garage, fire lookout tower, blacksmith shop, wood wright shop, ice house, gold mining equipment, Pullman railroad car and engine buildings.
Field Day of the Past is a member of the 35 Mile Drive Association www.35miledrive.com