Casselmonte Farm LLC is a USDA Certified Organic market garden farm located along the Appomattox River in Powhatan County, Virginia. Owned and operated by Bill and India Cox, the farm is in its fifth year of producing organic, heirloom vegetables and berries with a focus on eight principle products (listed in their order of harvest):
Forest-Grown Shiitake Mushrooms
Baby Ginger – white and yellow!
India and Bill Cox would like to give away 2 containers of their best market-fresh goodies (including berries, tomatoes, or mushrooms) to one lucky person who likes, shares, or comments on this post on the GrowRVA Facebook Page. We’ll announce the winner on Facebook at 9pm on Friday, July 5.
Meet Your Artisan – Growers, Makers, and Cooks
1. What is the name of your business, and what do you sell?
Casselmonte Farm on the banks of the Appomattox River in Powhatan sells USDA Certified Organic vegetables and berries ~ starting with asparagus in the spring and ending with ginger in December.
2. What’s your most popular item, and why do you think it’s such a hit?
We sell eight principle products ~ asparagus, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, heirloom tomatoes, forest-grown Shiitake mushrooms, Crenshaw melons and Hawaiian ginger ~ all of it certified organic. Of those, our heirloom tomatoes are in great demand (32 varieties this year!), followed by the Shiitakes and ginger. The ginger has become really popular because of it being a key ingredient in Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s Gingerbread Stout!
3. How long have you been in business? What is something that would surprise people about what you do?
2013 is our fourth garden year. This is a two-person operation. Bill and India do all of the planning and execution themselves.
4. What other market vendors do you trade with or buy from?
We barter with Grammy O’s, Norwood Cottage Bakery and Goats R Us.
5. Describe your typical market Saturday:
Up at 5:00; on the road by 6:15; greetings to my neighbor vendors by7:15; set up by 7:45. The first couple of hours generally are crazy busy, greeting long-held customers and meeting new ones. Sharing recipes with customers, talking about gardening how-tos and the virtue of one tomato over another, cross-selling/promoting Grammy O’s and Goats R Us (my next-door neighbors) to my customers. Redesigning my tables as my veggies and berries go home with someone else (dodging the sun!). At the end, packing up, discussing the day with my neighbors, helping them pack, heading home to Powhatan happily tired!