Friday, September 24, 2010

September 25, 2010 Pork and Apples Day at the Botetourt Farmers' Market

The piggies are coming to the Botetourt Farmers’ Market Pork and Apples Day! Be on the lookout for them.

Donna Henderson will have pickles, pepper jelly and apple cakes.

The Molloys will be roasting and selling coffee on site -- just the thing to go with all those cakes and pies!

The Pie Lady will be at market with lots of dinner and dessert pies!

Happy Pork and Apples Day (almost)! Little Wasprock will be there tomorrow with fresh beets, fresh arugula, a few tomatoes, and peppers. We also will bring banana pepper mustard, sweet potato butter, pepper relish, pound cakes, spelt zucchini bread and apple dumplings. Looking forward to a great day!

Hillbilly Heaven: We will have Our Variety of Pickles, Jams and Dips. We will have Fresh Basil, Green Onions, Fresh Oregano, Pesto and Salsa. I will be baking Cinnamon Buns, Pumpkin Banana Bread. Our Specials for this week will be Apple Oat Bread, Fried Apple pies, Carmel Apples, Apple Chips and Carmel Apple Dip. We may have some produce. Wayne needs to check the garden.

Buffalo Creek Beef: I will be at the market tomorrow with Hot Italian Sausage links cooked with Golden Delicious apples. I tried it out this week and I think it is easy to do. See yall tomorrow

Full Circle Farm: Patrick will be there with our wonderful freshly milled whole grain breads, pizza crusts and mixes. Don't forget to buy a loaf of Milk and Honey bread to go with the wonderful apple butter that will be for sale. And we will be sending pizza crusts to enjoy with the delicious pesto offered by Toni.

John Brock will be popping kettle corn.

The Keitzers will bring organically grown pork and beef for sale.

Ellen Morrow: I'm bringing candles, dishcloths, and some habanero peppers

Pigman and his trusty sidekick will be at the grill cooking pork and apples and giving out samples. There will be an informal apple cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. and a kids’ craft demo at 10:30 related to our theme. Plus much, much more!

Come and join us!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Field to Fork

Are you a food producer looking to expand your business to include restaurants, grocery stores or even institutions?

Are you a food business looking for local meat, vegetables, cheese, wine, honey, etc... ?

Then join us for Field to Fork – Cultivating our Regional Food Network!

Field to Fork is the greater Roanoke Valley’s premier event designed to cultivate regional food networks by linking established and potential local food producers with retail, commercial, and institutional buyers.

Date: November 1, 2010
Time: 3-8 pm
Place: Claude Moore Education Complex and Dumas Center in downtown Roanoke

Who should attend?
Producers of meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy, and/or honey that want to connect with regional buyers.
Grocery stores, restaurants, institutional buyers, and schools interested in purchasing food from local producers.
Beginning farmers and new buyers are welcome.
After networking, end the evening in celebration over a delicious dinner of local food and wine prepared by the Culinary Institute at Virginia Western!

To register on line visit
You can also download a registration form, agenda and directions by opening the attached pdf.

After you register, each attendee will be provided a guide describing the best way to prepare for the meeting.

Please note:
Because space is limited this event is not intended for the general public and is available to producers and buyers on a first come first served basis.

Field to Fork is brought to you by:

VT EarthWorks in collaboration with City of Salem, the Culinary Institute at Virginia Western, Ferrum College, Jamisons’ Orchard, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Roanoke Natural Foods Cooperative, Roanoke Regional Partnership,, Town of Vinton, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia FAIRS, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Tech Roanoke Center.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Christy Gabbard at or by calling (540) 767-6114.
Thank you!

Christy Gabbard
Director, Catawba Sustainability Center &
VT EarthWorks
- accelerating land-based businesses

Outreach & International Affairs
Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
108 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 701
Roanoke VA 24016
(540) 767-6114 - office
(540) 558-8010 - mobile
(509) 355-8953 - fax

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

September 18, 2010 Botetourt Farmers' Market

Here is a preview of some of the products which will be available at the Market:

Little Wasprock will be at the market tomorrow with sweet potato butter, fresh beets, arugula, pears and peppers, banana pepper mustard, morning glory muffins relishes jams and jellies!

Haley will be selling dessert rolls at the market tomorrow, mostly Reese Cup and lemon-blueberry.

The Molloys will be roasting and selling coffee on site -- just the thing to go with all those cakes and pies!

The Pie Lady will be at market with lots of dinner and dessert pies! See you all tomorrow. Lisa

Hillbilly Heaven will be at the market with our large variety of pickles and jams. Our baked goods will be fried apple pies, apple oat bread, pumpkin banana bread, cinnamon buns,bullseye cookies with peach jam. We will also have pesto and fresh basil. I will have some green onions, yellow pear tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Oh, we will also have our dips. Remember the holidays are just around the corner and they are great to have on hand for unexpected company or great appetizers. Hope to see you at the market!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

High Tunnel Workshop

Growers will have opportunity to visit the Beahm Farm in the Hollins area of Roanoke County on October 7, 2010, and check the progress of Beahm’s high tunnel project. This is an informal, come-and-go event designed to show growers what a tunnel looks like and crops in progress. It is a great opportunity for growers considering construction of a tunnel to ask questions. Chris Mullins and Reza Raffie from VSU will be on hand to share about their experiences with tunnels and berry crops.

Please share this event announcement with your producers. There is no charge for the event and registration is not required. The event starts at 4 pm and will conclude at dark.

Thank you!

Sheri Dorn
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Agent – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Horticulture
3738 Brambleton Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24018-3639
Phone: 540/772-7524
FAX: 540/776-7136

Friday, September 3, 2010

What'll be at the Farmers' Market?

September 4, 2010 Farmers’ Market:

Haley will be there with fresh baked pumpkin, pineapple ,strawberry, and Reese Cup dessert rolls and yet another new one.... lemon-blueberry. Miranda Napier

Blue Ridge Vineyard will be on site with wine for tasting and buying.

The Pie Lady will be at the market tomorrow with lots of chicken and dessert pies! See you all then. It looks to be a beautiful day. Lisa

Greetings from Full Circle Farm. Patrick will represent the bakery
tomorrow with freshly milled spelt, wheat and rye breads and pizza crusts.
Be sure and get your bread for this week and next as the baker will be
taking a mental health break next weekend! We will be back in action the
week after.

The Molloys will be roasting and selling coffee on site -- just the thing to go with all those cakes and pies!

Little Wasprock will be there with fresh beets, spaghetti squash, peppers, arugula, paw paws, pound cakes, banana pepper mustard and lots of jams, jellies and relishes! See you at the Market!

It should be nice and cool tomorrow. There will be vegetables for sale as well as country crafts.