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.

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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

My Manakin Market

From the farm to your table!

If you haven’t been to My Manakin Market…you’ve got to go! Located in eastern Goochland County, conveniently near to I-64 and Rte. 288 and Short Pump, this market has got it all!

Over 45 vendors set up under the canopy of mature oaks and sell everything from locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, wine, sorbet, flowers and plants and art….and that was only this week!

With live music nearly every Saturday, the market is a destination for the whole family.

 

Check it out! Every Saturday from 8 am to noon.

68 Broad Street Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Visit http://www.chiknegg.com for additional information.

 

 

 

Mad City Chickens & My Manakin Market

Mad City Chickens Movie Screening

Jul 17, 2011 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Byrd Theater

2908 West Cary Street Richmond, VA 23221

Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad professor and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

Please join us after the show for a Post-Movie Party and Book Signing by Pat Foreman, Author of City Chicks, Chicken Tractor and numerous other books. 4:30 – 6:00pm Ellwood’s Café 4 N. Thompson Street

Don’t Miss This Week’s My Manakin Market – Manakin-Sabot, VA

Summer produce is here in all it’s abundance!  There is plenty of fresh local food to choose from… this week look for corn on the cob, green beans, lettuce, Swiss chard, collard greens, beets, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, TOMATOES (both slicing & cherries), zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, potatoes, onions (a few left) fresh & potted herbs and BERRIES.

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, focaccia, pies, quiches and GLUTEN FREE products. We also have honey, candy, homemade spices, jams, jellies, local wines, and lots of other delicious Virginia Grown items available at My Manakin Market!

What makes us unique?  We are PRODUCER ONLY and support sustainably raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and true artisan crafts!  Check out What’s In Season now!  Come early for best selection!

 

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–

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/quizzes

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.

www.35miledrive.com

Get Out The Map!

Where else can you find fine arts and crafts, wine, specialty beer, live bluegrass music, alpacas, farm fresh produce and meats, General Cornwallis, a beagle, Halloween festivities and a scenic drive (ride) along River Road less than 30 minutes from Richmond!
 
 The 35 Mile Drive Courthouse Village Fair, Goochland, VA
Saturday, October 30 
Spend a day in the country at the Goochland Courthouse Village Fair this Saturday!
Put your joy in drive… all 35 miles!

See our event listing on www.virginia.org, www.richmond.com, www.whofish.org, and www.35miledrive.com

Only 3 days until the Goochland Courthouse Village Fair…

 

Spend the day in Goochland! 35 Mile Drive Courthouse Village Fair!

 Make a note….The children’s costume contest and party portion of the Monster Mash & Music Fest is from 4 pm to 5 pm. Starting at 5 pm (until close)  enjoy live music, wine and beer, coffee, smoothies, cafe food and Halloween festivities. Costumes encouraged! Visit www.whitehawkmusiccafe.com for more information.

See our event listing on www.virginia.org, www.richmond.com, www.whofish.org, www.35miledrive.com