Friday, September 26, 2008

It's Raining, It's Pouring: Market September 27th

No doubt, we'll be up on the porch under the roof. Look for us there. Here's some of what we'll be bringing:

Blue Ridge Poultry Coop will have frozen whole and quartered pasture raised chicken for sale. Thanks! Angie

Journey's End Farm will be bringing fresh pastured farm eggs, baked goods, grape jelly and possibly some fresh late tomatoes.

Full Circle Farm will be there with freshly ground whole wheat milk and honey bread, pizza crusts, assorted mixes, flaxseed baquette, baguette, cinnamon raisin bread, and grass-fed beef. See you there!

Brambleberry Farm is bringing farm fresh eggs, pumpkin brownies, apple brownies, fresh figs, green beans, heirloom tomatoes...
Mini Blessings will be at the Farmers Market with several "convenience foods", fresh breads, homemade cheese crackers, huge apple cinnamon muffins,watermellon rind pickles, pear pineapple orange marmalade. We will also have an assortment of other baked goods and wonderful canned items.See ya all on the porch!
Berry Ridge Farm will have GLUTEN FREE Bread,GF Brownies, GF pound cake, other regular home made yeast bread ,and there baked goods. Farm fresh eggs.
ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are a member or want to join Botetourt Family Farms, there is a general meeting on Saturday, September 27th at 2:30 p.m. at Camp Bethel. Signs will direct you to the building in which the meeting will be held.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Farmers' Market, September 20, 2008

Berry Ridge Farm will have Gluten Free Bread, GF Brownies, GF petite yellow cake with icing, GF Soft Sugar Cookies, GF Chocolate Pound Cake, also will have Sourdough Bread and other regular Baked Goods. See ya there! Teresa

Brambleberry Farm is bringing eggs, fresh figs, various types of heirloom tomatoes, green and dry hops, dried herbs, fresh basils, pumpkin brownies, beans...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Got 10 acres of Forested Land?

Got 10 acres of Forested Land?
Interested in Sustainable and Profitable Forest Management?

Catawba Landcare invites you to attend a free informational meeting on September 30th from 7-9 pm at the Catawba Community Center on the Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative.

The Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative is a community-owned and operated forest landcare business serving landowners in the New, Upper James, and Roanoke River watersheds. BRFC offers a full suite of forest landcare services to help landowners care for their forests. BRFC strive to improve the value of your forest and put money in your pocket by removing low quality timber that is processed into value added products.

The BRFC works with the landowner, the forester, coordinates processing, and finds a market for your forest products. All of our forests are FSC certified, recognized internationally as the highest standard for sustainable forestry practices.

For more information visit
Catawba Landcare and the BRFC invite you and a friend to attend one of our many informational meetings we are hosting across your region. The meetings are free to attend, all are welcome and refreshments will be provided!

Meeting Information:
Title: Sustainable and Profitable Forestry Opportunities for Landowners
Host: Catawba Landcare and Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative Location: Catawba Community Center, Roanoke County
Date: September 30, 2008
Time: 7-9 pm

Please pass along this invitation to others that might be interested.For more information please contact Christy Gabbard by responding to this email or by calling 540-357-3744

Christy Gabbard
Conservation Management Institute
College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech
1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 250
Blacksburg, VA 24061
phone: 540 357 3744
fax: 509 355 8953

Monday, September 15, 2008

Workshop Announcements

1. Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty

NO Pre-Registration Required!

What: Free public lecture open to the community, followed by reception and book-signing.

Who: Author MARK WINNE, national expert on developing local food systems and food policy

When: Monday, September 29th, 5:00 pm

Where: Campbell Hall (Room 153), School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Parking: Culbreth Road Garage

Books Available at Venue

2. Food Policy Council Workshop

Pre-Registration IS Required For This!Contact Meghan Bucknum at: or 434.924.0263

What: Free workshop open to all Virginians who are working on or interested in establishing a food policy council – local, regional or state.

Format: Opening presentation by MARK WINNE, national expert on food policy councils, followed by participant workshop.

When: Monday, September 29th, 10:00–3:00 (lunch provided)

Where: Virginia Dept of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Charlottesville, 22903.

* UVa’s Center for Global Health
* Dept of Urban and Environmental Planning
* Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
* The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network
* Virginia Cooperative Extension
* Darden Business School
* Piedmont Environmental Council
* Virginia Association for Biological Farming
* The Baldwin Center for Preservation Development
* Pfizer Initiative in International Health
* VA Foundation for Agriculture Innovation and Rural Sustainability

Tanya Denckla CobbAssociate DirectorInstitute for Environmental Negotiation
University of Virginia
104 Emmet Street North
Charlottesville VA 22903434.924.1855

Friday, September 12, 2008

September 13 Market Listings

Blue Ridge Poultry Coop will be at the Farmer's Market with whole and quartered frozen pasture raised chicken.

Peaceful Haven Retreat: Jeanne is going to be at the market with the Tacoma full of melons. We should also have some potatoes and carrots and probably some cherry type tomatoes. I put plenty of the melons in the fridge to be cold for samples. If anyone got one that wasn't up to par just let Jeanne know and we will try to be sure you get a good one this week. Thanks

Full Circle Farm will be there Saturday with grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, and freshly ground whole wheat products! See you then.

Brambleberry Farm will bring eggs, fresh figs, green beans, fresh and dry basil, chard, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, full size heirloom tomatoes, pumpkin brownies, and apple bread.

Mini Blessings Farm: Earl and I will have some tomatoes, green beans, an assortment of canned tomatoes, green beans, jams and jellies and fresh baked goodies and breads. See ya' there!

Journey's End Farm: Savannah will be manning the Journey's End Farm booth on her own this Saturday. She will have eggs, grape jelly and possibly some baked goods

Sunday, September 7, 2008

National Alpaca Farm Days

Dear Fellow Farmers and Enthusiasts,

On September 27th and 28th 2008, our farm is celebrating National Alpaca Farm Days by opening up our barn doors and inviting in the public for a hands on tour and visit to our little farm.

We will be open from 10 until 4 on both Saturday and Sunday. It is a great way to spend an hour or two doing a family activity, and children are absolutely welcome. Come and learn about or amazing camelids, watch a fiber demonstration and perhaps see a new cria pronking out in our field!

Alpaca Farm Days is a FREE activity.

If there are any PUMPKIN farmers out there, I would love for you to contact me about offering pumpkins for sale during NAFD! I am going to advertise at the library and through my homeschool group. I am listed on the National Alpaca Farm Days website, through the Alpaca Owners and Breeders association. Last year we had about 15 families with lots of children come from the weblisting alone. I am going to advertise a bit more this year than last, and I am expecting more children.

Peace Be With You All

Judy Schroeder
Perfect Peace Alpacas in Blue Ridge
Contact information:

VCC Event

Dear Botetourt Friends of Valley Conservation Council,

On Friday, September 12, VCC welcomes its members and friends to an evening well worth the drive north to Exit 245!! The event is located at the beautiful Widow Pence Farm, protected by the Civil War Preservation Trust. In addition to a social, delicious dinner, brief annual meeting and entertainment, you'll witness Conservation Awards and our very own Kurt Kunze will be voted onto the VCC Board of Directors! Attend the whole event and still be home at a reasonable hour!

You must RSVP by September 8. Details are available at VCC's


Looking forward to see you!

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Watermelons are Coming!

Tomorrow, September 6, 2008

Peaceful Haven Retreat is bringing heirloom, organic watermelons. You can read all about it and see a picture of Scott here. "I should have some orange varieties available (Orange Fleshed Tendersweet and Orange Glow). Some Moon and Stars (both red and yellow varieties). Some Crimson Sweet(which are red). Some yellow varieties which ended up coming from some of our orange melons last year that were near the crimson sweet, so they are our own variety by accident I suppose. There is a possibility that we will have some small icebox sized red watermelons from Japan that are some of the sweetest red ones I have ever had."

Full Circle Farm will be there with freshly milled whole wheat products,eggs, hot banana peppers, jalapeno peppers and some recipes for pepper jelly and pico de gallo, Texas style! See you tomorrow!

Mini Blessings Farm:
Earl and I will be bringing fresh green beans, some tomatoes, some bell peppers, and hot peppers. We will have many freshly canned tomatoes, green beans, jellies and preserves, homemade salsa (mild to medium) and some hot! Bread and butter pickle's, my goodness too many things to list! We will also be offering some home baked goodies! We'll be lookin' for ya!

Brambleberry Farm is bringing heirloom tomatoes, beans, chard, eggs, fresh figs, basils, hops, pumpkin brownies and apple bread.

Berry Ridge Farm will have fresh baked gluten free bread, and cakes. 'Will also have eggs. Thanks, Teresa

If it's storming, look for us up on the porch!