Although many aspiring farmers tried to establish environmentally, socially and economically sustainable farms over the last decade in the Lynchburg area, only a handful continue to operate and thrive. Several of those farms are now members of Land and Table, an organized effort to provide one another with support and educate the public.
Area farms that are members of Land and Table include:
Island Creek Farm (Huddleston): Owners Holly and Troy Brown grow lettuce blends, salad, basil, chard, scallions, garlic, potatoes, herbs, bouquets and much more. This is a no-spray, bio-intensive farm that uses a technique called “huglekulture” to keep soil moist and nourished. The Brown’s open their farm to garden clubs, classes, teachers, interns and others around the harvest schedule.
“My goal is that everybody would come away thinking, ‘I can do this,’” said Holly Brown.
Information: (540) 297-2758, or search for “Island Creek Farm” on Facebook
IdleWild Farm (BedfordCounty): Owners Lucy and Doug Overstreet decided they wanted to grow their own food and raise their own meat when they learned Lucy was going to have a little girl. They now have two daughters and raise enough genetically modified organism-free free-range brown eggs; pasture-raised chickens and pastured pork to feed their family and sell to friends and customers. They sell sausage, chicken livers and chicken feet.
Bramble Hollow Farm (Montvale): Owners Anna and Brent Wills cleared 15 to 20 acres of the 100 acres they own in Montvale to raise natural, pastured pork, poultry and eggs. The Will’s children help harvest fresh eggs from the mobile chicken coop and the family welcomes customers to their farm to help process the chickens they want to purchase.
Information: (540) 947-0337; www.bramblehollowfarm.com
Mountain Run Farm (Sedalia): Owners Ben and Carly Coleman run their farm holistically, humanely raising, all natural, premium beef, pastured poultry, pork, turkeys and more. The family hopes to be part of an effort to create buying clubs, which make purchasing from farmers even easier and more affordable. Ben Coleman opens his land for Earth Reconnect — wilderness survival courses — where students learn to survive off the land and differentiate between edible and non-edible plants.
Information: (434) 299-5193; www.mountainrunfarm.com
Spring Mill Farm (Concord): Owned by Danielle and HB Hunter, Spring Mill sells farm-fresh cow and goat milk cheeses in a variety of styles, meats and eggs.
Information: (434)332-1254 or search for ‘Spring Mill Farm’ on Facebook.
For more information visit: http://landandtable.com/
Local farm products can be found in numerous locations across the area, including:
- Forest Farmers Market: Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, April through October. In November the market moves to the ForestRecreationCenter at 1088 Rustic Village Rd., Forest, VA. That market is open 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12.
- Lynchburg Community Market Green Market Wednesdays has a focus on local producers. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Wednesday.
- Bedford Farmers Market: Corner of Washington and Center streets in Bedford (540) 586-2148.
- The Well, natural food and supplement store: 1764 Patriot Lane, Bedford. (540) 587-9000.
- Town Kitchen and Provisions (Opening soon in Bedford): 309 North Bridge St. (540) 586- 0321.
- Health Nut Nutrition: 1505 Enterprise Dr., Lynchburg (434) 239-5170
- The Grainery Farm Store at Auburnlea Farms: 5500 Mollies Creek Rd., Gladys (434) 283-8109.
— Amy Trent