Friday, August 28, 2009

Botetourt Farmers' Market Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's the last of the cukes and the beginning of the fall crops, come to the Botetourt Farmer's Market this week and find:

Greetings from Full Circle Farm!

We will be offering our Freshly Milled Whole Grain breads this week, Milk and Honey Bread, Spelt Milk and Honey, Baguette, Seedy Loaf,
Pizza Crusts and some sweet treats-no white sugar or white flour, of course!

We will be getting in our wonderful locally grown hiking socks next week. Be sure and think about Christmas presents for that eco-friendly hiker in your family. And come drive by the farm sometime to check out the source of your socks, cute Jacob sheep!

Beef, pork and lamb will be available in October.

See you at the market!
Philip and Ginger Hillery
Full Circle Farm, Botetourt

Better Batter Baking will be bringing:

*Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins made with spelt, ground oats and ground flaxseed
*Teff Pumpkin Raisin Muffins made with teff flour, brown rice flour, ground flaxseed and locally grown pumpkin (these are vegan muffins!)
*Flourless Lemon Cake made with garbanzo beans and local eggs
*Apple Scones made with local apples and dairy. Flour mix includes millet flour, brown rice flour and garbanzo bean flour.
*Peach Scones made with local peaches and dairy. Flour mix includes millet flour, brown rice flour and garbanzo bean flour.

Brambleberry Farm will bring eggs. two types of Mid-Eastern summer squash, red Kuri Japanese winter squash, a few cucumbers (bye, bye cucumbers!), sweet and hot peppers, vinegars, pickles, beans, a little chard (hello, chard!) and chocolate zucchini bread.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Beekeeping Course

Dear Catawba Friends,

There are still a few spots left in the Beekeeping Course this Saturday at the Catawba Community Center from 830-3 pm.

This informative workshop will cover many aspects of beekeeping. Topics include honey in all stages, from the bee to the jar; preparing colonies for winter; and the latest information on Nosema and Varroa mites. Hands-on activities include building bee equipment and field demonstrations. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the afternoon demonstrations.

The cost is $35 and it includes lunch.

The course description and registration form are attached.
If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 540-767-6114.

This is going to be a great workshop.
Hope to see you there!

Christy Gabbard
Director, Catawba Sustainability Center
- accelerating land-based businesses
Virginia Tech
108 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 701
Roanoke VA 24016
(540) 767-6100
(540) 767-6110 (fax)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

This Week's Featured Market Vendor

A recent addition to both the Botetourt Farmers' Market and the roster of certified Virginia dairies is White Oak Dairy.

The last four weeks, Anna Bedell of White Oak Dairy has sold goat cheese products at the Farmers' Market, held each Saturday from 8am-1pm (or sell-out) in the parking lot of Ikenberry's on US 220 N of Daleville. The dairy is located on the farm belonging to her fiancé's family, a farm which has been in the same family since the 1920s and was the dairy that supplied Covington with cow's milk. That dairy shut down in the 1970s and the land was leased for cattle. The farm and dairy are now back in operation as White Oak Dairy. Currently, their production is low enough that they are only selling from the farmer's market and off the farm. Next year they will be milking many more goats and will need to expand their market significantly. You can find out more about White Oak Dairy at their website:

Anna Bedell graduated with a Wildlife Science degree from Virginia Tech which, while not directly agricultural, actually helps with the style of farming that she and her fiancé hope to do. Instead of conventional farming, they treat the farm more as a managed ecosystem. Their goal is to create a very diverse farm, with the dairy being only one part of it. They are currently looking into building an aquaponics system to raise fish and garden vegetables year round. Her fiancé uses his Math and Computer Science degrees in order to finance the farm, but he and his parents who live nearby are actively involved in the farm.

Anna learned of the Botetourt Farmers' Market when she attended a farm tour by Botetourt Family Farmer Donna Janeczko.

As Anna describes the market, " I really love the atmosphere of the farmer's market. Everyone, both farmers and customers, are incredibly friendly and welcoming." You are invited to attend a market soon to learn more about White Oak Dairy and the many other vendors who sell their wares.

--Genevieve Goss

Friday, August 21, 2009

August 22, 2009 Botetourt Farmers' Market

The weather is forecast to be cooler today, so come on out to the Botetourt Farmer's Market at Ikenberry's Orchard from 8:00am-1:00pm and enjoy the weather, fresh food and fellowship! You will find:

Earl and Linda will be bringing Freshly Milled Whole Grain breads. We will have a great assortment of freshly homecanned fruits and vegetables, as well as pie fillings, jams and jellies. We will bring some vegetables from the garden. Hope to see you there!

Greetings from Full Circle Farm!
We will have Freshly Milled Whole Grain breads like our Milk and Honey Bread, Seedy Loaf and Baguette along with our pizza crusts, perfect for a fast lunch using all your farmer's market veggies! Patrick is out of town this weekend so look for our breads at Brambleberry Farm's table.

Better Batter Baking will be bringing:
*Cappuccino Muffins made with local yogurt and eggs, and using sorghum and millet flours.
*Blackberry Buckwheat Quinoa Muffins made with local blackberries. Buckwheat and spelt flours are used as well as whole grain quinoa. Also, these muffins are made vegan.
*Wineberry and White Chocolate Scones made with local dairy and wineberries, and using millet and brown rice flours.
*Mini-Peach Pies using local peaches and dairy. Crusts are made with rice and sorghum flours.

White Oak Dairy will be there with goat cheese, dulce de leche and goat milk ricotta cheese cakes

Christy and Phil's berry farm will have peppers, squash, long island cheese pumpkins, berry cakes, tomatoes.

The Pickle Lady will have pickles available -- check Brambleberry's table.

Brambleberry Farm will bring eggs, what may be the last of the cucumbers, beans, beets, Red Kuri Squash, two types of Mid-eastern summer squashes, chilis, vinegars, pickles, chocolate zuchinni bread, and pumpkin bread.

There will be plenty of other vendors there, too!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This Week's Featured Vendors

Fincastle resident, Emily Field, is home for the summer from her studies at Marlboro College in Vermont. When her culinary talents produced far more jams and baked goods than her family could consume, she joined the Botetourt Family Farms group and began selling her creations at their weekly Farmers' Market, held ever Saturday from 8am until 1pm (or sell-out) in the parking lot of Ikenberry's on US 220 N of Daleville. At a recent market, she offered strawberry, blackberry and grape jellies, as well as peach and mocha coffeecakes, scones, bagels and sticky buns. Emily uses local eggs and organic milk in her baked goods. Since she will soon be returning to college, she encourages market patrons to stop by and sample her wares. She will be using her summer earnings to help finance her education.

Recently celebrating his 86th birthday, Ed Collins may be living proof of what an active lifestyle and fresh vegetables can do for a person's health and well-being. As Ed tells it, he's been gardening his whole life. So, it's not surprising that he'd have a table full of beautiful tomatoes, squash and peppers at the Botetourt Farmers' Market. He raises vegetables at his home in southern Botetourt, where he lives with his wife, and still tends his own yard as well as his garden. He enjoys being at the market, as well as working outdoors, and invites patrons to stop by on Saturdays to taste the difference between homegrown and "store-bought" produce

Friday, August 14, 2009

August 15, 2009 Botetourt Farmers' Market Offerings

Come on out Saturday from 8:00 am-1:00 pm to the Botetourt Farmer's Market at Ikenberry's Orchard and find the following delicious farm fresh goodies:

-I will have Colby style goat cheese, goat milk soap, chocolate covered peanut
butter fudge (with goat milk), dulce de leche, and goat milk ricotta cheese
cakes. -Anna Bedell, White Oak Dairy

Full Circle Farm hopes to see you guys at Ikenberrys on Saturday morning with freshly milled breads, pizza crusts, mixes and other assorted goodies. Our meat is still happily grazing out in our wonderful pastures, but we hope to offer pork, lamb and beef before you know it (around October). Be sure and ask Patrick to show you a sample of our beautiful wool hiking socks. Locally grown hiking socks made from our sheep's wool. They are a beautiful dark gray, nice and thick. Perfect for gifts for those outdoors folks on your list. Pre-order now!

Hillbilly Heaven will be there with specialty jams-Hot pineapple, Hot orange, Black-pepper, Raz-apple, Blue-lemon, and peach, blackberry, and strawberry. We'll have pickles, Dills, sweet dills, spicy dills, sweet pickles, and crisp as ice. We will also have crumb buns, banana nut bread, zucchini bread, bulls eye using my blue-lemon jam (my grandmom’s recipe), and cinnamon buns. I have some spaghetti squash to sell also.

Unfortunately, Better Batter Baking will not be there tomorrow. I am, however, able to take orders for next Saturday or it can be arranged where items can be delivered earlier in the week. Just call or email me. 797-5926 or
Wendy Hayth-Perdue

Berry Ridge Farms will be there with our GLUTEN FREE BREAD, and any many other special offerings for the week !! Hope to see you all there!!

Earl and I will be at the market with Freshly Milled Whole Grain Breads, Fresh baked goods and home canned tomatoes, jams, jelly's, pickles, and lots more. See ya'all there! Linda and Earl

Hi everyone, I'll be there (my last week here!) with cranberry orange
scones, sticky buns, jams and jelly, lemon poppy seed muffins, and
chocolate bourbon cake. -Emily Field

We'll miss you, Emily. She's going back to school in Vermont.

Welcome! My husband, Al, "the soap man" will be at the Market Saturday, also. Please stop and say hi. Randee Mahon, Keltic Myst

Squash Central, uh - Brambleberry Farm - will bring eggs, summer squashes, Seminole winter squash, cucumbers, beans, vinegars, chocolate zucchini bread, and pickles..

Monday, August 10, 2009

Greetings from the Blue Ridge Poultry Coop!

Our pasture raised chickens will be processed on Monday, August 10th. They will be available for pick up on the farm from 4:00pm-7:00pm. These will be whole chickens, for $3/lb. If you're interested in reserving any, please send an email or give a call at 966-0158. We'll be sure to have them for you! Directions to the farm are below.. Thanks so much and enjoy this wonderful weather!

Angie and Patricia

Directions to the farm (568 Bethel Road Fincaslte, VA 24090):

Heading South on I-81

Take exit 162 (Buchanan)
Turn left onto Route 11 toward Troutville.
Go 3.2 miles to Route 606 (Blue Ridge Turnpike). Mill Creek Garage will be on the left.
Turn left onto Route 606, Blue Ridge Turnpike.
Go 1.6 miles to stop sign.
Turn right onto Nace Road and go less than 1/10th of a mile to bridge on left.
Turn left onto bridge at Bethel Road. Drive under rail-road trestle.
Entrance to Camp Bethel is .3 of a mile straight ahead. Drive past camp entrance to the next driveway on the right. We are the two story brick house on the left. Just drive around back!

Heading North on I-81

Take Exit 156
At end of ramp turn right onto Route 640, Brugh’s Mill Road, and go .2 mile to stop sign at Route 11.
Turn left onto Route 11..
Go approximately 2 miles.
Mill Creek Baptist Church will be on your left. Just across from the church turn right onto Route 606, Blue Ridge Turnpike.
Go 1.6 miles to stop sign.
Turn right onto Nace Road and go 1/10th of a mile to bridge on left.
Turn left onto bridge at Bethel Road. Drive under rail-road trestle.
Entrance to Camp Bethel is .3 mile straight ahead. Drive past camp entrance to the next driveway on the right. We are the two story brick house on the left. Just drive around back!

Friday, August 7, 2009

August 8, 2009 Farmers' Market Offerings

Greetings! Full Circle Farm hopes to see you at the market this
Saturday with freshly milled whole grain products like our Milk and
Honey Bread, Seedy Loaf, Spelt-Rye Almond Raisin, Pizza Crusts, Mixes
and other goodies. We are currently sold out of meats but plan on
having more available by September and October.

See you at the market!

L and D will bring eggs, tomato pies, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, potatoes, cucumbers, and yellow squash. See ya there!

Brambleberry Farm has eggs, tender yellow and purple beans, Mid-Eastern summer squashes, the first of the Winter Squash -- small pumpkins great for pies, all those weird cucumbers, which are great for salads and pickles, home-brewed peach and blackberry vinegars, bread & butter pickles, and fresh peach cakes. Color is the theme this week.

There will be chicken for sale.

Al the soapman from Keltic Myst will be there with his soaps and body products.

The Ruggles' will be there with their usual assortment of great foods.

Better Batter Baking will be there with:
*Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (made with spelt, oats and flaxseed)
*Banana Zucchini Teff Cookies (some of these I made vegan)
*Wineberry and White Chocolate Scones
*Peach Scones
*Berry Cornmeal Muffins
All items using local produce and dairy!

Wendy Hayth-Perdue
Baked goods made with alternatives to wheat! -

...and as they say, "Much, much more...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This Week's Featured Market Vendor

From a family that has farmed for seven generations, Joan Potter knows the story of the continued progress which has led to the supermarket availability of most any food regardless of season. However, she welcomes a new "progress" which is moving us back to our agricultural roots. As her website attests: "People are learning that growing and buying food produced locally is far superior and more ecologically wise than buying food grown thousands of miles away."

Her family has been raising beef for over a hundred years. Choosing only the best of their calves, the Potters hand-feed and care for them in small groups, so as to observe each animal's health and performance. Raised on grass for most of their lives, they are moved to a large clean barn and barnyard for finishing. There, they are free to move from the barn to barnyard at will. Their finishing feed is a fresh and tasty custom mix of farm-grown silage, brewers' grain (hops and other byproducts of beer production) and pelleted corn.

Recently invited to the Botetourt Farmers' Market by market vendor and friend Amy Fenster, Joan has sold a wide variety of beef the last few Saturdays. More information is available at the farm website: She can also be contacted at

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009 Botetourt Farmers' Market

Berry Ridge Farms will be at the market this week! We will have our gluten free homemade loaf bread, gluten free brownies, gluten free banana bread and some other new offerings. Hope to see you all there. Ask about our new gluten free projects coming soon. See ya! Teresa

It seems to be peach week! L and D Eggs will bring peach cobbler, peach preserves, peach jam, spelt zucchini bread, farm fresh eggs, other jams and jellies (including sugar free varieties), pineapple rolls, fresh pesticide free vegetables, including cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and the last of the beets. I think there also will be some tomato pies!

Full Circle Farm hopes to be at the market with plenty of freshly milled whole grain breads and pizza crusts along with some delicious organic jams to go along with your toast.

Brambleberry Farm is bringing eggs, three types of cucumbers, pole and bush beans, two types of Mid-Eastern squash, chocolate zucchini bread, Bread & Butter Pickles, and peach wine vinegar.

Keltic Myst soaps and body products will also be at the market, as will several other vendors.

We’ll present the giveaway basket to last month’s winner: Rita Gilley.