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

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)

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

South African Food & Wine Festival at Grayhaven

South African Food & Wine Festival
Only a few more days left until the South African Food & Wine Festival!  South African wine makers Tyrell Myburgh of Joostenberg Wines and MAN Vintners and Gordon Newton Johnson of Newton Johnson Wines will be here to represent their wines.  We have amazing entertainement, great food and a Market Tent filled with wonderful South African spices, arts & crafts.  Even the good weather we ordered is on it’s way!
Join us!

For a celebration of South African culture, wine, food & music!

Date: September 10th & 11th 2011

 

Time:  11 am – 6 pm

 

Location: Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring, VA  

Information:  South African Food Fest or call (804) 556-3917

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  • Taste and purchase South African wines, from rare finds to iconic blends
  •  Live South African music and dance performances by JuxtaPower and friends
  • Discover the exotic, multi-cultural cuisine of South Africa
  • Shop The Market for spices, arts & crafts imported from South Afirca
  • Enter for a chance to win two round trip tickets to South Africa, compliments of South African Airways!

David Jenkins
Artist Spotlight:  David Jenkins
David Jenkins – musician, singer, songwriter. Called the “White Zulu” from Empangeni, South Africa, David is an acknowledged master of traditional Zulu maskandi music. Read more on our festival Web site!
 

Nomsa Mazwai
Artist Spotlight:  Nomsa Mazwai
A SAMA award winning artist, Nomsa weaves the rhythms and melodies of jazz, afrocentric, drum ‘n bass, electronic and neo soul music into her own unique style.  Visit Nomsa’s Web site and take a listen (we love them all, especially “Nguwe.”)
What about the weather?
So far, it looks good!  Mostly sunny Saturday with only 10% chance of rain – a little higher for Sunday.  Check weather.com with our Gum Spring zip code 23065 or look for weather updates on Grayhaven’s Web site.  Remember Gum Spring weather can be quite different from D.C., Richmond or Charlottesville.  The event is on rain or shine!

Purchase Tickets
Save $5 per ticket by ordering in advance (ends Thursday.)  Visit our festival Web site to purchase:
 

South African Food & Wine Festival

 
Grayhaven Winery

Grayhaven Winery

Grayhaven Winery

4675 East Grey Fox Circle
Gum Spring, Virginia 23065
(804) 556-3917

*Tickets to the festival are for one day only.  You may choose either day to attend.

Sponsored By:

South African Airways
Grayhaven Winery is a member of 35 Mile Drive. Visit our website at www.35miledrive.com. Follow us on Twitter @35miledrive.

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!