A big thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Karen and Doug’s wedding at the market last Saturday. They met at the market, got married at the market and today they are even spending part of their honeymoon at the beach running a farmers market! It is safe to say that these two are truly committed to local food and art.
While no extra special ceremonies are planned for this Saturday’s market, scroll through the vendor highlights and map below to see that SOJ will not disappoint!
Balm of the Earth’s moisturizers, herbal products and oils will help you deal with summer’s little annoyances. They have a bug repellent (Sentinel Herbal Repellent), a poison ivy relief spray (Trailblazer Jewelweed Liniment) and an all purpose Homesteader Herbal Salve that’s soothing on mosquito bites and burns.
Norwood Cottage Bakery – Baker Mark McIntyre is like a force of nature single-handedly whipping up amazing artisan breads and baked goods (Double Chocolate Stout Cake!). He has been a vendor at SOJ since the early days and his breads have gained quite the following. Heads up: he sells out every week!
Norma’s Produce – The Beltran Family puts in long hours and a lot of hard work on their 120 acre farm growing the vegetables, fruits and flowers they bring to market each week. Their focus is always on freshness and flavor. You will immediately taste that when you eat their produce!
Deer Run Farm of Amelia is a third-generation family farm specializing in grass-fed/grass finished beef, woodland-forest fed pork and pasture-raised poultry and eggs. These high quality, nutrient-dense foods come from healthy animals raised on their natural diet of grass with no added hormones or antibiotics. The Hutchinsons are passionate about treating their animals humanely and sustaining their land for future generations.
International Dumpling Company tells us “We are a family of mutts. There are so many cultures running though our veins that it is impossible for genetics to really tell us where we came from. But the one thing that unites all of us is that we each bring at least one variety of dumpling to the table. We are a family that is obsessed with dumplings.”
SOJ customers are reaping the benefits of this obsession snapping up delicious pierogies, potstickers, empanadas, knishes and samosas along with pulumpas (a heavenly dessert dumpling!). Area farmers benefit too as these creative chefs fill their pasta pockets with local produce.
Capworks – Josh Stolberg is drinking beer in the name of art. He turns ordinary bottle caps into imaginative works of art: figures, flowers, birdhouses, signs (check out the GrowRVA logo below!) and even costumes (that’s the Capped Crusader below). He’ll make a custom piece for you and — in case you’re wondering — he does accept bottle cap donations. Now you can drink in the name of art too.
That is a quick peak at just 6 of the vendors that will be at the market on Saturday. Below is a map noting the many other vendors that will be there too. You may download a printable version of the map here.
Forest Hill Park, Saturday, 8am to noon. We hope to see you there!
PS – Music in the Park is Sunday in Forest Hill Park!