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A Bowl of Good
Contact: Katrina Didot
Address: 831 Mount Clinton Pike and 1041 Port Republic Road Harrisonburg, VA
Products: Frozen Soups/Healthy Convenience Foods, Baked Goods
Availability: Year-round, Saturday at the Market
About Us: Incubated at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, today we are a food service business with two storefront locations in Harrisonburg.
Practices and philosophy: We do our best to buy our ingredients locally whenever we can. We use all natural ingredients. In addition to great food, we also strive to create great community centered around food in Harrisonburg.
Contact: Ann Marie Leonard
Address: Mt. Clinton Area
Products: Baked goods, jams, produce, plants, fruits.
Availability: Tuesday and Saturday Markets, Holiday Market, Seasonal.
About Us: Garden flowers enhance our wild bouquets. Our jams are made from homegrown fruits.
Practices and philosophy: Over 18 years experience in jam making with seasonal fresh fruits such as gooseberries, red and black raspberries, peaches and pears. Some low-sugar jams provided. Jams made within 24 hours of picking the fruit. Seasonal and holiday baked goods. Owner is eco-friendly and a good steward of the earth. Encourages everyone to eat healthy and also have something “really special.”
Contact: Esther Ebey
Address: 6073 Rawley Pike, Hinton, VA 22831
Products: Crafts, plants, garden produce, chestnuts (October), and holly (November till Christmas).
Availability: Most every Tuesday and Saturday from the end of April through the end of the market season.
Practices and philosophy: I am a hobby gardener. I grow fresh produce for my own table and sell my surplus at the market. I don’t use pesticides so my produce is always “no spray”. I compost from non-animal food scraps, and yard debris such as fall leaves and fertilize lightly.
Contact: Lorinda Palin and Solly Walker
Address: 13433 Shepherd Lane Broadway, VA 22815
Products: Salad mix, greens, seasonal produce, eggs, floral bouquets, and a variety of herbal teas, rubs, and tinctures. Certified Naturally Grown
Availability: Saturday and Tuesday markets, April through November, special order lamb Nov-Jan , eggs and herbal tinctures by request year round
About Us: Farming is a lifestyle choice and more than full time for Lorinda. In addition to working on the farm, Solly has been doing massage work for 28 years. As Solly does in his bodywork, we look for imbalances in the farm, animals, plants, or soil and use gentle natural means to hold the right balance long enough for growth itself to re establish harmony.
Farming practices and philosophy: For 15 years Avalon has been lovingly tended using nature’s own processes to revitalize the soil – composted plant matter and manures, mulching, natural soil supplements, plant rotation, companion planting and cover crops. No chemical fertilizers or insecticides are used.
Our lambs are pasture-raised. We don’t rush their growth, use herbal/natural wormers, and take them directly to a meat processor on the morning they are butchered for a minimum of stress. Stress can put distasteful hormones into the meat. Sheep are an integral part of our farm as ecological mowers and fertilizers. We keep just enough sheep to be in balance with the rotated pasture.
Chickens are part of the overall plan also. They get all the weedings and kitchen scraps, insect pests hand-picked from the gardens, plus all they can gather when free-ranging the pasture in the afternoons. The poultry also have organic grain feed available with herbs and kelp added to winter rations. They produce bright-yoked eggs.
Bringing health to the soil and water, contentment to the animals and birds who share our lives, vitality to our food, freedom from pain for our bodies, and joy for our spirits – it is all part of Avalon dreams becoming reality.
Contact: Curt & Jackie Hartman (owners), Amanda Mace (Event Coordinator)
Address: 4828 Spring Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812
Phone: (540) 828-0099
Products: Vineyard & Winery, make and sell our own grape wines, reds and whites, sweet and dry. We also host weddings, public events and other various private events.
Availability: At the Market on Saturdays from April through December. Our Tasting Room is open year-round, seven days a week, Mon – Sat, 11:00a – 6:00p and Sun, 1p – 6p
About Us: Curt and Jackie Hartman have lived west of Bridgewater on the hill above Jordan Stretch since 1995. With their friends Phil and Lois Kreider (Misty Ray Winery), they began planting grapes on the hill in 2003 to make wine for personal use. In 2007 they decided to make the vineyard a business and with advice from the researchers at Virginia Tech they laid out the vineyard, tested the soils, and chose the grapes to plant.
With the help of friends and family, four thousand red grape vines were planted on the south side of the hill in 2008. During that time a vineyard crew consisting of Lee Hartman and Ben Geiser was formed, and during the winter of 2009 they laid out the north and east side of the hill for white grape vines and built the trellis system. In the spring they planted four thousand more vines.
The 2009 wines were hand pressed in a temporary winery on the north side of their house. The total production that year was about 500 cases. In 2010 the winery was built and an additional 1,000 vines were added on the west side of the hill. Using new equipment in the larger winery, Bluestone Vineyard processed 31 tons of grapes and made about 2,000 cases of wine.
Today’s production is about 5,000 cases. Our two consultants who are very important and helping us today are, Jeanette Smith for vineyard management and Michael Shaps for wine making.
Contact: Bruce Folks
Address: P.O. Box 120 Blue Grass VA 24413
Products: Maple Syrup, Maple covered nuts, Maple Sugar Candy, various fudges and cakes, brownies and chess bars.
Availability: By phone, email. We’re not sure when we’ll have production back up to be able to come back to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. Look for an announcement in the Market’s weekly newsletter.
About Us: Like many of the area’s maple syrup producers, Bruce began making syrup as a young child from trees tapped by his family for generations. Early on, his uncle told him that if he wanted to take over making the maple sugar candy he could keep the profit. Today, Bruce continues to maintain the family sugar orchard and make syrup, as well as selling an extensive line of maple products, including maple fudge, maple covered nuts, maple suckers and maple baked goods.
Bruce’s sugar orchard stretches across seven ridges in the Blue Grass Valley of Highland County, an area covering approximately 130 acres. He taps about 1,700 trees with the help of some Mennonite friends usually on one or two days at the end of January. Bruce utilizes a vacuum tubing system held off the ground to collect the sap. A special adapter is used to tap the tree to keep the hole fresh and maximize the sap flow over an extended period of time and minimize the impact to the tree. Though he loves to watch the sap flowing through the lines, he isn’t fond of the squirrel and bear damage that can be quite a challenge to keep the entire network of tubing (approximately 25 miles) leak free to maintain the maximum vacuum possible.
You may have enjoyed Bruce’s syrup at the Maple Festival Pancake meals by the Highland Elementary School and the Blue Grass Ruritan Club.
Contact: Kyle Anne Gabbard-Alley
Address: Harrisonburg, VA
Phone: 540-908-1018 or 540-246-4204
Availability: Saturdays, April through December.
About Us: Burton Galleries represents the work of Kyle Anne Burton. She is best known for her “windows-in-windows.” Her photography has won several awards. She has a terrific sense of humor and enjoys good wine.
Contact: Sue & Guy Freesen
Address: 3081 Shutterlee Mill Road, Staunton, VA
Products: Poultry, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, limited produce, quiche, granola, cookies, jams, fruit smoothies, lamb skins.
Availability: Throughout the year at the farm and the duration of the Market.
About Us: Charis is the Greek word for “grace/gift.” We believe our farm is a gift to us from God and we are being good stewards of the land by raising our stock and flocks naturally on pasture. You can find us on Facebook at: “Charis Eco-Farm.”
Farming practices and philosophy: We practice sustainable agriculture and humanely raise and care for our animals. We do not use growth hormones or synthetics in the feed. Our pastures and hay for winter feed are not sprayed. The sausage is MSG free, and the grain fed to pigs and poultry is GM-free.
Circle M Farms
Contact: Dorothy, Chris, and Jason Miller
Address: 130 Vance Rd., Bridgewater, VA 22812
Phone: 540-421-9422; 540-820-5919
Products: Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelon, “sprite” melon, honeydew, blackberries, raspberries (red), spearmint (1/2 acre); natural Angus beef (1/2 or whole), hormone and antibiotic free.
Availability: Cole crops: late May; Beef: year round; fruits: seasonal.
About Us: Family owned and operated for 40 years, using natural production practices.
Farming practices & philosophy: We believe in sustainable agricultural practices. We produce and market beautiful, delicious and wholesome produce and beef.
Contact: Harlan & Gayle Shirk
Address: 2703 Kerns Road, Dayton, VA 22821
Phone: Harlan: 540-383-4203; Gayle: 540-236-4401
Products: Breads: tomato herb, rosemary & sea salt, honey wheat, oatmeal, pumpkin, cinnamon raisin, zucchini; baked filled donuts: raspberry, double delight, blueberry, huckleberry, white crème; whoopie pies; jams & jellies (13 different varieties); strawberries in season. We also plan on raising salsify and yellow waxbeans.
Availability: Year round, except strawberries.
About Us: We started selling at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market in spring of 2009, with strawberries and jellies, jam and baked goods. Most of our products got their start from customer feedback. If you would like to have something available at the Market, or you are interested in other varieties of strawberries (such as Camarosa or Honeybee), please talk to us. You can also email us orders at CloverBlossomFarm@gmail.com; please email by Thursday for all orders.
Farming practices & philosophy: Harlan was interested in raising vegetables and selling them at the Market until Gayle discovered her talent in baking. Now she wants to start a bakery. We currently operate out of our house. We have 4,000 strawberries for the 2011 season, including Chandler variety and also some of the Sweet Charlie variety; our strawberry jam is made from our own berries.
Contact: Krista Wilson Muldoon
Address: McGaheysville, VA
Products: Handmade clothing, including professionally hand-dyed eco-friendly/organic fabrics, as well as fun patterned prints, tote and hand bags in an array of sizes and designs, professional hand-worked tie dyes for babies and children, bandannas, knitted hats and warm weather gear. Also fashionable finds for your furry friends including scarves, collars, leashes and toys and an array of other interesting items crafted from our home.
Availability: Most Saturdays year round.
About Us: We are a husband and wife team that creates unique handcrafted items for use in your everyday life. Our clothing is made to be durable and easy to care for with all seams surged for long-lasting wear. We often dye our own material and have a line fashioned out of certified organic fabric. Our tie dyes are also done individually by hand using a perfected process and professional dyes. We are also happy to provide a line of items to keep your pets fashionable while being functional. All Cosmic Earth items are made by us in our home with attention to detail.
Contact: Rosalind J Byler
Address: 1381 Hinton Rd., Dayton, VA 22821
Phone: 540-833-6105; 540-490-2887
Products: Doughnuts, pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, soft pretzels, homemade candy, Danish pastry
Availability: We are at the market nearly every Saturday of the year. We have some
seasonal variation in products but are happy to make anything on order!
About us: Four of our seven children are still at home. Rosa (Mom) is the main baker, but everyone helps with preparation, cleanup, and putting away. Charles is our early-morning salesman and seasonal candy maker!
Philosophy: Our aim is to produce fresh homemade baked goods in the old-fashioned way—from scratch. We bake as close to market time as possible and buy many of our fruit ingredients locally, processing and freezing fresh fruit ourselves in the summer. We take pride in our flaky pie crusts, chewy soft pretzels, and fresh-that-morning cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, and sticky buns. No one should have to eat a cardboard-crusted pie, a stale mass-produced cookie, or a day-old doughnut!
Contact: Candy and Phil Olsen
Address: 323 South McDaniel Lane, Shenandoah, VA 22849
Products: Strawberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, plums, pears, sweet potatoes, vegetables, pumpkins and fall mums.
Availability: May through October.
About Us: We began planting our orchard in 2005. Our fruits include over 30 varieties of both peaches and apples, 10 varieties of plums and pears, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. 2008 will be our first season to crop our fruits. We hope to become full-time farmers by 2009 and provide our community with high-quality local fruit.
Farming practices and philosophy: We use the integrated pest management program for our spray guide, using the lowest rate possible and extending the pre-harvest interval when we can. Leaf and soil analysis are used to determine fertilizer needs, using natural fertilizer products whenever possible. Our dogs are keeping the deer, groundhogs and rabbits under control. We hope to teach them to run the crow from the orchard as they are our most damaging pest. We hope to see you at the Market.
Contact: Jim & Susan Randall
Address: Fort Defiance, VA
Products: Vegetables from asparagus to zucchini, herbs, perennials, garden plants, lamb, chickens–both broilers and stewing hens, free-range eggs, and pastured pork.
Availability: Plants and produce available in season at the Tuesday Market and Winter Markets. Our pastured pork is available year round at the farm.
About Us: We are veteran small-scale growers. We do the whole job from planting to harvest to delivering our produce to you ourselves.
Farming practices and philosophy: We grow organically, though we are not certified. We are dedicated to bringing you the freshest produce available.
Fine Flours Bakery, LLC
Contact Names: Valerie Silveira and Jonathan Ramsey
Address: Harrisonburg, VA
Phones: 540-271-2217 and 540-430-5598
Products: A variety of gourmet gluten-free baked goods.
Availability: Saturdays and Tuesdays.
About Us: We are a home-based bakery in Downtown Harrisonburg. Fine Flours Bakery LLC was created to provide bread and baked goods to people who no longer eat wheat but still want to enjoy fresh and tasty baked goods. All of our products are baked from scratch using unique gluten-free flour blends and as
many fresh ingredients as we can find.