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.

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.

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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

Courthouse Village Fair Update

Only 12 days until the 35 Mile Drive Courthouse Village Fair! Here’s the latest scoop…

Saturday, October 30- Spend a day in the country, exploring the Goochland Courthouse Village on foot for a day of family fun and adventure! Pick up a map at any location below.

  • Find farm fresh produce and products at the nationally ranked Goochland Farmers’ Market (12th in the country and the final market of the season) from 9 a.m. to noon. 2955 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
  • Shop for fine arts & crafts at Arts on the Lawn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2938 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
  • Visit with Lord General Cornwallis for a special historic-themed children’s program called “General Howe’s Dog.” Meet the famous beagle from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn.
  • Experience Oktoberfest at Nadolski’s Butcher Shop from noon to 4 p.m. Wine, beer, food tastings, local producers, live bluegrass music. 2913 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
  • Shake a leg at Monster Mash & Music Fest at the White Hawk Music Cafe. Children’s costume contest and party from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Live music, refreshments and Halloween festivities until close.

See our listing on www.richmond.com , www.virginia.org and www.whofish.org under events/festivals/fairs.