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Farm to Table Dining in the New River Valley

by Desi Sowers

Farm-to-table is a social movement which promotes serving locally produced food at restaurants and school cafeterias.  Food is acquired directly from its original sources including wineries, breweries, ranches, fisheries along with farms.  Farm-to-table often provides food traceability so that you know where your food comes from.  Participants in the movement often reject conventional agricultural practices.  They embrace sustainable agriculture, organic farming, free range animal husbandry and fair trade.  They oppose genetically modified food and animals treated with antibiotics and hormones to make them grow more quickly.

General changes in attitudes about food safety and freshness have occurred at the same time as the farm-to-table movement. People are motivated by the lack of fresh, local ingredients, the poor flavor of ingredients shipped from afar and the poor nutritional integrity of shipped ingredients.  They want to bring back small family farms and ingredients that are organic and not genetically modified.

Many people today want to eat healthier…to BE healthier. If you are interested in farm-to-table dining, there are several places in the New River Valley area that offer this fresh, healthy alternative to traditional restaurants. Here are just a few:

Preston's Restaurant in Blacksburg prides itself on offering regional and seasonal cuisine coming straight from the farms and seas of Virginia.  They use the freshest food and ingredients including Black Angus beef pasture raised on the hills surrounding Va. Tech and seafood caught in the Chesapeake Bay.  Serving up delectable dishes with a southern flare, the offer a dining experience you won’t want to miss!

The Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, VA offers a combination of southern hospitality and sophisticated cuisine. Located in unique, country side setting of the former Pyne’s General Store, this neighborhood restaurant gets most of its pork, beef, trout and produce from right here in the New River Valley. That means you are getting the freshest of ingredients while also supporting the local economy!

The Till & Grill Food Truck’s mottos is “from our farm to your fork”.  This farm to food truck venture started in 2016 with an idea to bring sustainably grown, healthy, local food to more mainstream audiences. Their goal is to serve the best tasting, freshest food and to that they get their food right off their own sustainable farm based in Christiansburg, VA. They also source from other farms in the New River Valley. They can be hired to cater weddings and special events, and the truck can be found weekly at various locations around the New River Valley.

So, if you’re looking to start eating healthier, check out these farm-to-table establishments for wholesome, nutritional and delicious food!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Photo Credits: innatvirginiatech.com, tripadvisor.com, twitter.com, stacyknows.com

Come out to Sinkland Farms for the 2018 Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Don't miss the popular autumn family tradition this fall at Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival, activities feature hayrides to the pumpkin fields to pick your own “great pumpkin,” a brain-twisting corn maze, farmyard animals and fantastic live music on two great stages.

Saturday, October 6th Special Events Schedule:

• All Day: Special Entertainment-Pumpkin’ Chuckin’ with TEAM CARBO and the ONAGER, from Raleigh NC!

• All Day: Creative Expressions Face Painting

• All Day: Ed’s Carved and Painted Pumpkin

• All Day: Blacksmith, Lasso, and Corn Shelling Demonstrations

• 2:00-4:00 pm: Scarecrow

• 1:30-4:30 pm: Music from Ryan Greer (Barn Stage)

• 1:30-4:30 pm: Music from David Austin (Back Porch Stage)

Information and photo from Sinkland Farms

Adventures in the New River Valley: Farm Fest 2018

by Desi Sowers

Thornspring Pastures presents Farm Fest 2018 every Saturday and Sunday starting on Saturday, September 29, 2018 through Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Enjoy Farm Fest 2018 with a wide variety of family fun and activities.

Activities:

• Barrel Carts

• Hay Rides

• Jumping Pillow

• Apple Slingshot

• Human Hamster Wheel

• Barnyard Volleyball

• Giant Slides

• Obstacle Course

• Swings

and much more!

 

Days & Hours of Operation:

• Saturdays from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

• Sunday from 1:00-5:00 pm

Admission is $9.00 per person and ages two and under are free.

Food will be available for purchase.

Information and photo provided by Thornspring Pastures 

Adventures in the New River Valley: Pulaski County Flea Market

by Desi Sowers

 

The Dublin Lions Club presents the 2018 Pulaski County Flea Market on Saturday, September 22, 2018 and Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin, VA.

The Pulaski County Flea Market is celebrating 44 years! Check out over 800 vendors with crafts, antiques and tons of delicious food including the famous Lion Dog at the semi-annual Pulaski County Flea Market.

Information and photo provided by the Dublin Lions Club

 

Adventures in the New River Valley: Read with Pip!

by Desi Sowers

Come out to the Blacksburg library Saturday, September 15th from 11am-12pm to Read with “Pip”.  Parents, reserve a 10 minute reading slot for your child to practice reading aloud to a certified therapy bird, "Pip" and its handler, Elisabeth.

Photo and information provided by Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library

Fabulous Fall Foliage in the New River Valley

by Desi Sowers

With autumn approaching, many of us are ready for cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice everything, and the majestic colors of fall foliage.  Living in the New River Valley means that you are lucky enough to be in a prime location to enjoy the bold, colorful display that others drive for hours to experience.  Peak fall color for the Blue Ridge Mountains usually occurs between mid-October and early-November, and while you may be able to walk right out your front door to see it, there are some spots that are known for being the best places to go to see the colors.  Check out this list and make plans for a fall foliage excursion today!

Cahas Knob Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost 139

At an elevation of 3,013 feet, Cahas Knob Overlook provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding valley and mountains, including Cahas Mountain.  Bring a blanket and picnic basket for a lovely day on the plateau and green space.

Carvins Cove - If you want to stay active while reveling in the reds, golds, and oranges of the fall season, then Carvins Cove is the perfect place for you. This 12,700 acre natural reserve provides countless opportunities for outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and boating.

Mabry Mill - Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost 176.1

Long regarded as one of the most iconic spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this scenic area is beautiful year ‘round, but especially in the fall. It’s the perfect place to take photos of fall colors and while you’re there don’t miss out on the yummy buckwheat pancakes at their onsite restaurant.

Roanoke Mountain - Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost 120.4

If you don’t have time to venture too far from the city, the four-mile loop at Roanoke Mountain off the Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful option.  You will still experience wonderful views even though you are only a few miles from the city.  Want to take a short hike? Try the Summit Trail and delight in some spectacular perspectives.

Roaring Run Trail - Enjoy an easy hike while taking in the fall colors at the Roaring Run Trail.  While you’re there, stop to see one of the most historic spots in the region - The Roaring Run Furnace.  This 19th century iron furnace is on the National Register of Historic Places. Savor the beauty of cascading water along the trail, including the beautiful Roaring Run Falls.

Whether you step right outside your door or take a weekend excursion, the New River Valley is the perfect place to revel in the gorgeous blanket of fall colors!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Photo Credit: patch.com

Blacksburg United Methodist Church presents their 2018 Back-to-School Block Party on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Blacksburg UMC playground.

Families with kids in 5th grade or younger are invited to celebrate Back to School with us at a neighborhood Block Party. Have fun and make new friends as you enjoy the giant inflatable obstacle course, cupcake walk, face painting, games, crafts, and prizes!

This event is free and open to the community. No RSVP, just stop by. 

Photo and information provided by Blacksburg UMC

 

Life in a College Town

by Desi Sowers

With Radford and Virginia Tech students back at school, things are hopping in the New River Valley!  Living in a college town comes with many perks that you won’t find anywhere else. Sports, the arts, great restaurants, educational opportunities, and a lively culture are just some things that make living in a college town so wonderful. Recently, Blacksburg, VA, home of Virginia Tech, was named as one of the best affordable college towns for recent graduates…and everyone else.   With a median home list price of $231,400, achieving the American dream of home ownership is easily within reach in Blacksburg and the surrounding area. Many graduates of Va. Tech head to big cities like Washington DC or Charlotte, NC to pursue careers, but if you prefer an outdoor lifestyle and fresh mountain air, Blacksburg just may be the perfect home sweet home for you!  The Appalachian Trail is only a short drive away and nearby Claytor Lake State Park is fantastic for fishing and boating.  Not only does Blacksburg offer a great quality of life for people who love the outdoors, it also enjoys all the benefits of having the university there. There are many employment opportunities at Va. Tech, but there are other options too.  For example, The Dish Network employs about 1000 people and aerospace/defense company MOOG also has a presence there. While historic, single family homes in Downtown Blacksburg are popular, they can also be pricey. So many people opt to live in the outskirts. The New River Valley includes Blacksburg, Radford, Christiansburg and Pulaski. 

Desi Sowers is an experienced Realtor who knows the New River Valley like the back of her hand.  If you are thinking about living the good life in a college town, contact Desi at 540-320-1328 and she can help you find your dream home today!

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Draper Mercantile and Trading Company presents a Community Flea Market on Saturday, July 7, 2018 9:00am-2:00pm, at Merc Farms.

Enjoy a Community Flea Market featuring vendors, food, artists, live music and more! Vendors include honey & goat lotions, local produce, handcrafted jewelry, street dogs & breakfast burritos, fresh made doughnuts, fresh popped kettle corn and many more.

There will also be a fire truck on hand for kids and a planting class in the greenhouse.

Merc Farms is located near the Draper Mercantile at 2980 Brown Road in Draper, VA.

Information and photo from Draper Mercantile

Come out to the Motor Mile Speedway, Saturday, June 30 from 4:00pm-10:30pm, for the 2018 Monster Truck Show. 

Event Schedule:

(subject to change)

• 4:00 pm: Gates open

• 4:00-6:45 pm: Free Monster Truck Rides

• 5:00-6:30 pm: Free Pit Party

• 7:00 pm: Show starts

The Monsters are coming and bigger and better outside! This year's Monster Truck Show features Bigfoot, Avenger, Brutus, Hurricane Force, Bad Company and Storm Damage! And, there will be two ride trucks providing free Monster Truck rides!

Arrive early for the free Pre-Show Pit Party! And, enjoy the fireworks after the show.  The event is rain or shine.

Photo and information provided by the Motor Mile Speedway

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