A Snapshot… A Closer Look at 35 Mile Drive

Tucker Park at Maiden’s Crossing

After months of blogging on various topics, it makes sense to revisit our roots, to redefine exactly what 35 Mile Drive is all about!

Truth be told, the 35 Mile Drive Association is many things. We are artists, musicians, restaurants, farmers, bed & breakfasts, wineries, tours, living history, historic sites, parks, river adventures, museums, realtors, gourmet food providers, hunt clubs, taxidermists, farmers markets, special events, publishers, designers, writers, photographers, landowners. The best thing about such a thing is we are a sum of our parts…offering a unique snapshot of the destinations, activities and culture that best represent Goochland County, Virginia.

We celebrate the hospitality and tourism industry in Goochland and promote our region as a getaway-for-the-day destination for the surrounding Richmond area.
Want to know more about our businesses and destinations? You can visit our website at www.35miledrive.com , subscribe to this blog, follow  us on twitter @35miledrive and soon will be able to find us on facebook. We have logo decals available for purchase, details coming soon.
We have many artist friends who have embarked on a “painting-a-day.” We thought that sounded like a good challenge… so coming soon, we will be doing a “blog-a-week!” Each blog will feature one of our members. Be sure to check in regularly to see what’s new on the 35 Mile Drive!


Spring Jubilee Twitter Ticket Treasure Hunt Is On!!

The Rassawek Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival is coming May 21-22! You won’t want to miss Goochland’s new festival. With six Virginia wineries (including host Byrd Cellars) on hand for tastings and tours, several music stages, kid’s activities, antique cars and farm equipment, steamboats, fishing rodeo, early homesteading demonstrations, arts and crafts, home-cooked food….there is truly something for everyone!!

Perhaps the biggest draw is the location itself. Perched high on a hill overlooking the James River, with views of Goochland, Fluvanna and Cumberland, Rassawek is home to a vineyard and a village of salvaged structures that create a beautiful rustic atmosphere unlike any other.

Leading up to the big event, 35 Mile Drive is giving away tickets via a Twitter treasure hunt. Follow us on Twitter @35miledrive and look for the clues as they are posted. Follow the clues to the hidden tickets ($40 value!) We are hiding these tickets all over Goochland…so stay tuned!

Tickets are $20 per adult (couples are $35) for admission to the Wine festival and Heritage show. Heritage show only is $10. So…put on your thinking cap!

First clue is coming today!

Go Green with Local Food- Co-ops, Markets, Boutique Butcher

Happy Earth Day!

As Kermit the Frog famously said, “it’s not easy being green!”  Or is it? Challenge your GREEN IQ with the following quizzes at National Geographic–


How green are you? Test your knowledge and learn about: sustainable food, green gardening, organic foodie, seasonal food, plastics, water conservation, green kitchen, green laundry room, green bedroom, green bathroon, home insulation, saving gas, energy conservation, energy IQ, going green, air conditioning and home heating.

So how can you green up your food choices? To quote Mr. Peanut this time, “you are what you eat from your head down to your feet.” As someone who grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s with the likes of  Wonder Bread and Little Debbies in my diet, that’s something to ponder for sure!

In today’s complicated world, the best way to green up our diet is to simplify. Eat organic when possible, buy local and/or grow your own fruits and vegetables.  Eat unprocessed, unpackaged food when possible. If you eat meat, choose free-range organic grass-fed options. When possible, avoid genetically modified crops (GMO) like wheat, soy, corn and cotton. But that is a topic for another day. In short, get the chemicals, hormones and antibiotics out of your food.

Did you know? Each pound of local food you purchase prevents a quarter pound of climate change (CO2 emissions.)

Here in Goochland County, in central Virginia, we are fortunate to have a vibrant local food community. As you think about making smart food choices, remember to buy fresh, buy local and get the good stuff on your table.

Brookview Farm is a family owned and operated grass-fed and finished cattle farm located in Manakin-Sabot, VA. The Fisher family has owned and operated Brookview Farm for over 25 years. Our animals’ diet of grass and clover, coupled with the fact that they are fit and active, produces meat that is high in protein and anti-oxidants. This creates meat that is as low in fat and cholesterol as boneless skinless chicken. www.brookviewfarm.com

Brookview Farm has been a participant of Lulu’s Local Food along with many other farms. The co-op offers a wide variety of meats, produce, and other local grown and handmade products and is dedicated to connecting family-owned and operated farms serving the Richmond area with local customers in search of fresh food all year long. Weekly pick up in convenient locations in Goochland, Powhatan and eastern Hanover. www.luluslocalfood.com

 The Tuckahoe Farm Market is open each Sunday from Noon-4pm.  Stop by to visit and take home our delicious meats and eggs. Tuckahoe Plantation Livestock offers grass fed beef, pasture raised lamb, free range eggs,  pasture raised rabbit, pasture raised chicken, wool and yarn. www.tuckahoeplantationlivestock.com

ChiknEGG Productions promotes Sustainable Agriculture & FOOD – growing, selling, cooking, preserving, eating & celebrating with a farmer’s market in Manakin-Sabot. Visit their website at  www.chiknegg.com

Nadolski’s Butcher Shop in Goochland serves as a broker of small Virginia Farms that produce artisanal breed Cattle, Hogs, Lamb and Game Birds, we specialize in being able to link Premium Breeds of livestock to the community and offer certain cuts from entire animals. www.nadolskisbutchershop.com

Be Green. Be good to each other. Be good to yourself.


Spring Jubilee Ticket Treasure Hunt

The Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival at Rassawek in Goochland County will be May 21-22.  Enjoy Byrd Cellars and six other Virginia wineries, a variety of music stages including bluegrass, old time, blues and country, traditional arts and crafts, antique cars and farm equipment, fishing derby, wholesome food, early American homesteading demonstrations including hearth cooking, canning, spinning and bee keeping, 4H livestock show and children’s activites.

Tickets for the wine festival and heritage festival are $20 for adults/ $35 a couple. Tickets to the heritage festival only are $10. Children 12& under are free.

Follow us on Twitter (@35miledrive) to join in the ticket treasure hunt! Follow the clues to find your own tickets to the event compliments of the 35 Mile Drive Association! Stay tuned for the first clue.

www.rassawek.com, www.35miledrive.com

Family-Style Dining at Tanglewood Ordinary

Tanglewood Ordinary

            Southern home cooking brings to mind heaping platters of fried chicken, country ham, cornbread, biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, fried apples, black-eyed peas, sweet tea and cobbler. As Paula Deen would say, “it is so good, y’all!”

            Although Southern food is defined as the cuisine south of the Mason-Dixon Line, it is truly a melting pot of culinary influences which span cultures from North America across the Atlantic. We can trace the origins of southern cooking to the southeastern Native Americans who incorporated squash, tomatoes, corn and deep pit barbecuing into their cuisine. Europeans introduced baking with sugar, flour, milk and eggs and French/Spanish influences are the hallmarks of Creole or Cajun cooking. You can find influences from the culinary traditions of Africans, the French, Spanish, English, Scottish, Irish, African-Americans and Native Americans which rise up too create a unique signature, a blending of ingredients, flavors and cooking techniques that are readily identified as Southern food.

            Some of our best-loved comfort food originated in the Applachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, and that is where the story begins for Goochland County’s  Tanglewood Ordinary restaurant located in central Virginia.

            In 1984, Jim and Anne Hardwick discovered The Homeplace restaurant. Tucked away in the small town of Catawba, in scenic southwest Virginia, the white farmhouse with the wide porch and rocking chairs paints a charming picture of southern hospitality. But it was a family-style Southern dining experience that really won them over. Over heaping platters of fried chicken, roast beef, ham and all the Southern sides an idea began to take shape.

         And so the hunt was on for the perfect property to start a similar restaurant in the Richmond area. As luck would have it, Tanglewood Ordinary was available, an ideal property with charm, country atmosphere and a great location along Route 6 in Goochland County. 

            The original two-room log cabin structure was built in 1928  and served as a filling station and sandwich shop. In 1935, an addition was added providing a basement, dance hall, and living quarters. Dances were held there on a weekly basis including the senior prom for Goochland High School.

            In the ‘40s and ‘50s, Tanglewood gained a reputation for being a wild scene after the sun went down. In spite of its rowdy reputation by night, by day, it remained a popular stop between Richmond and Charlottesville. Virginia Governor William Tuck often had his chauffeur drive him out for a cheese sandwich and a beer. He’d sit in his favorite spot, on the low rail fence out front and enjoy an afternoon in the country.     

           Since 1986, Tanglewood Ordinary has been serving up fried chicken, country ham and roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, black eyed peas, slaw, stewed tomatoes, cornbread, biscuits and cobbler- family style.

            With great food (as much as you’d like to eat,) fast service, country atmosphere…add to the mix a beautiful scenic drive along River Road West (35-Mile Drive) and you’ve got a recipe for a memorable dining experience and one of central Virginia’s  favorite family-style traditions.

            Visit their website at www.ordinary.com. Tanglewood is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Reblooming Iris

Roots & Blooms, LLC strives to create, grow and promote drought tolerant and deer resistant perennial plants for today’s garden. Owner Mike Lockatell continues breeding development of reblooming bearded and Siberian irises. He assumed the work of his mentor and friend, the late Dr. Lloyd Zurbrigg, a pioneer in reblooming bearded iris hybridizing. Mike also maintains an exclusive collection of single, Japanese, semi-double and double herbaceous peonies.

Lockatell’s efforts are showcased through the Joyce Lockatell Memorial Garden, created in honor of his late mother. Her favorite garden plants were irises and peonies. Established in 1997, the current garden location is at 4110 Cosby Road in Powhatan County, VA. Tours are available weekdays during the early May bloom season by appointment. Visiting hours are available on Sunday May 2nd, May 9th and May 16th from 12 Noon until 5:00 PM.   Plants are available for purchase.  Roots & Blooms is also a seasonal vendor at the Williamsburg Farmers Market.  For more information contact us at Cmarti8855@verizon.net, 804-330-2916 or our website at www.rootsandblooms.us.

Mike is one of a handful of US breeders developing reliable reblooming irises. These plants bloom both spring and fall under favorable weather conditions.  He likewise is one of a select group of herbaceous peony producers in Virginia. His iris seedlings have won American Iris Society exhibition awards. Two rebloom seedlings were registered with American Iris Society for future introduction last fall. He is AIS Region 4 Reblooming Iris Chairman (West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland) and a Certified AIS Garden and Exhibition Judge. Feature stories on Roots &  Blooms, LLC and the Joyce Lockatell Memorial Garden have appeared in editions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Virginia Gardener and Virginia Living.

Roots & Blooms is a member of the 35-Mile Drive Association. Visit our website for additional information at www.35miledrive.com.