Where Else Can I Find You?: Yohmans’ Garden Opened Jake’s Place

Jake's Place - Tshirt

GrowRVA has so many talented farmers and vendors.  What is a question presented to them at Farmers Markets?  “Where else can I find you?”  Definitely a common and important question by customers because once a week might not be enough.  In an effort to provide you trustworthy and useful information, we will provide the answer to this question periodically.

Jake's Place - Tomato Bisque, Buffalo Burger with SweetJohn and Wendy Yohman have opened Jake’s Place (formerly, the “old BP Station” at 511 Thompson Street, Ashland, Virginia) serving up Southern Comfortable cuisine with fresh, local and seasonal offerings by Yohmans’ Garden.  The menu includes John’s mouth-watering barbecue, brisket and chicken, freshly smoked on premises; seafood and grits, smoked meatloaf wrapped in bacon, southern pimento cheese and buffalo burgers.  The menu will also feature Yohmans’ Garden specialty foods, like “John’s Secret Marinara Sauce,” “Original Garden Salsa,” and “Jumpin’ Jalapeno Pepper Jelly,” all currently found on retail shelves in Virginia and North Carolina.

Jake's Place Flat Iron Mozzarella

Serving lunch and dinner during the weekdays; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays, Jake’s Place will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00  a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Find their hours and menu on the web at www.jakesplaceashland.com.

Go out visit Jake’s Place, enjoy good food and support local!

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Your Health Is Important

Affordable Care Act Deadline 2015January is definitely the month for planning.  You have decided to get your life in order and be proactive.  Everyone needs medical care at some point and no one ever plans to get sick.  Your health is important to you, your family and friends.  Having trouble understanding your health care options under the Affordable Care Act?  The Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) have a current initiative to educate the community about the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) during the open enrollment period, which ends on Feb. 15, 2015.  There will be free help available from the Legal Aid Justice Center this Saturday, January 17th, at the GrowRVA South of the James Farmers Winter Market.

Please stop by with your questions from 9 a.m. – Noon.

 

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Support Military Families – RVA Bluegrass Jam!

RVA Bluegrass Jam 2015

Are helping others and spending more family time on your New Year Resolution list?  The RVA Bluegrass Jam will be the perfect opportunity for you to do both.  You can have a great time and raise money for the Richmond Fisher House, a home-away-from home for military families while their soldiers and veterans are being taken care of at McGuire Veterans Medial Center.  GrowRVA will once again be providing food trucks for this festive event.

Check out the RVA Bluegrass Jam website to find out more information about the bands, volunteering and donating.  A must attend event.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

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7 Ways GrowRVA can help you with your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions with TitleCan you believe it’s that time of year again?  You have evaluated 2014 and setting goals for 2015.  GrowRVA is here to help you with your resolutions which probably include:

  • Eating Healthier – great produce, vegetables and non-processed products right at your fingertips.
  • Exercising – you can plan your visit to the South of the James Market after your morning workout.
  • Supporting Local Businesses – all local business owners and people you know in your community.
  • Helping Others – FeedRVA fosters food justice in the Richmond/Tri-Cities area.
  • Starting Own Business – GrowRVA provides a great place to start and grow your business at farmers’ markets, First Fridays and other local events.
  • Meeting New People – definitely a community about meeting new people and developing great relationships.
  • More Family Time – family friendly events including the South of the James Market, upcoming Farmers Brunch Market and RVA Bluegrass Jam.

 We wish you much success and look forward to seeing you in 2015.

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Last Minute Holiday Market – Tuesday, December 23rd

Last Minute Market

You have your list and checking it twice.  Come on out to the Last Minute Holiday Market on December 23rd, 4 pm  – 7 pm.  You can not go wrong with shopping here with jewelry, Brunswick stew, meat, sausage, warm beverages, pottery, baked goods and more.

The vendor list has increased!

Vendor List

2 Dye 4
Alberta General Store
Amy’s Accessories
Babes in the Woods
Balm of the Earth
Bella Grove
Carved Wood Bowls
Crossed Paws Collars
Giggle In Pink
Grayhaven
Handmades by Linda
Just Bee Kind
MA’s Madhouse
Norwood Cottage Bakery
Plumb Worn Out
Real County Sausage
Red Chicken Pottery
Red Lintu
Sirius Jewelry
Two & A Half Irishmen
UpCycle Designs

 

 

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Coming in May: a Sunday Brunch Farmers Market!

We’re extremely excited to share this news … Starting in May 2015, we are teaming up with The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen to bring you a Sunday Brunch Farmers Market! More details and a list of vendors is coming in early Spring.

Farmers Brunch Market

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Last Minute Holiday Market

Last Minute Market

The countdown is on and Christmas will be here before you know it.  The Last Minute Holiday Market, December 23rd, 4 pm – 7 pm will help you with those last minute holiday gifts.  Come to Forest Hill Park and avoid the stressful traffic jams.

One stop shopping for Brunswick stew, beeswax products, jewelry, wine, sausages, meat and bread.

Vendor List

2 Dye 4

Alberta General Store

Amy’s Accessories

Babes in the Woods

Balm of the Earth

Bella Grove

Crossed Paws Collars

Grayhaven

Handmades by Linda

Just Bee Kind

MA’s Madhouse

Norwood Cottage Bakery

Plumb Worn Out

Real County Sausage

Red Lintu

Sirius Jewelry

Two & A Half Irishmen

UpCycle Designs

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Meet Your Artisan: Bon Air Naturals

Your Business Name: Bon Air Naturals

Your Name: Leslie Arthur

Bon Air Naturals

When & how did you get started?

In 2003 I graduated from Virginia Tech and was not quite ready to jump into the job market. I convinced my husband John to move away with me to Hawaii for a year where we worked at a hotel on the beach and basically just spent a bunch of time lolly gagging around.  During that time, I began creating body butters, solid perfumes and melt and pour soaps for sale at the North Shore Country Market on Oahu. It was a really crazy, beautiful time! When we returned home to Richmond, the venture was abandoned and I worked at a few places including my family’s real estate business. Then, my 2 sons came along and I decided I needed to be at home more, but wanted to reincarnate my business as well. That was almost 3 years ago, and this time around I am taking things a bit further – working completely from scratch using olive, shea, and coconut oils.  I literally created every recipe on my own using whole ingredients.

When you’re not vending at the farmers market, what do you spend your time doing?

I am home running after 2 crazy boys, Morgan and William (Willie and Mo) and cooking!  I am often surprised by the shear amount of food our little family can go through. We are total foodies, with a preference for fresh stuff from our garden! Recently we even began making some of our own cheese and yogurt using Old Church Creamery’s milk. AMAZING!! With a full-time life at home, I often make soap in the late evening after the kids are tucked in. Seriously, the midnight oil is often burning – it’s the only way I can get anything done.  Coffee in the AM is a must in our household.

What’s something about you or your business that people might find surprising?

I do home parties!  Affordable luxury can be hard to come by.  I believe we all look forward to the little luxuries that can brighten even the most mundane tasks, such as washing.  If you are thinking of supporting small business and want to have a casual gathering in your home, get in touch.  I would love to pop over, set up my display and talk about how my products can provide that bit of pampering that we all crave. No high pressure sales (Ugggggh!  I hate that…) Just an intimate chance for folks to ask questions and get to know all about natural body care. Toss me an email at bonairnaturals@gmail.com if you want to know more.

Bon Air Naturals

What type of work did you do before becoming a vendor? 

Jack of all trades!  I have been a media buyer, product research coordinator, and most notably a small time home-builder. I still have a building company in place should I ever have the means necessary and the desire to jump back into the real estate game.

What are your greatest challenges with your business? 

The greatest challenge is getting the word out about my soaps and being patient enough to let the business grow. When you are a micro business, you can find yourself in a major churn, spending money often before it even comes in.  Reining in expenses and trying to figure out what efforts lead to the best direction for my business is a constant effort. I feel fortunate to connect with other local businesses through the farmers market here in Forest Hill.  We are a different breed, i tell you…The people here are an amazing inspiration to me even when i want to give up. Having a small venture is sometimes like gleefully running into a brick wall over and over again hoping that eventually you will push through.  Make no mistake, this is hard hard work.  But when you love what you are doing, it goes a long long way.  At the end of each day i am weary and exhausted, but smiling!

Come visit Bon Air Naturals at the market, 9 am – 12 pm!

Bon Air Naturals soap

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‘Tis The Season for Family, Fun & Shopping

December is here and your shopping list needs to be getting smaller.  This weekend is the perfect opportunity to check out your local artisans and vendors.

Looking for the great way to end your work week?  Check out Holiday Market at First Fridays on December 5th outside the Artemis Gallery from 5 pm – 9 pm.  Walk around to experience local food, art and GrowRVA vendors.

The holiday season always brings family together and the Illumination Holiday Market on Saturday, December 6th, 3 pm – 7 pm, will be a treat.  There will be Santa, a scavenger hunt, GrowRVA art and food vendors.

Sunday, December 7th will be kicked up from 12 pm – 5 pm at the Holiday Market at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club.  There will be music by Wendy Pace.

Three great ways to support local and check off gifts for your loved ones.Giggle in Pink snow man jumper

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12 Days of RVA Christmas Shopping

There are 28 days until Christmas. We are counting down the first 12 shopping days with ideas for handmade gifts from local artisans. You can find the artisans below – and many more — at GrowRVA’s upcoming holiday markets (December 5, 6 & 7), at the South of the James Market (Saturdays) and at the Bainbridge Art Center’s holiday art show (December 13 & 14).

Sing along with us and please remember RVA artisans when shopping this year!

On the first day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me…
gloves from Carolyn Fischetti.

Carolyn Fischetti fingerless gloves

On the second day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
2 Wandering Cow soaps

Wandering Cow Farm soaps

On the third day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
3 French Crepes
(from Monique’s Crepes)

3 Monique's Crepes 4

On the fourth day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
4 quartz necklaces
(from The Inspired Spirit)

Crystal Quartz Necklaces from Inspired Spirit

On the fifth day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
5 Dancing Bear soaps
(from Flower Child)

Dancing Bear Soaps Flower Child

On the sixth day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
6 Candied Jalapenos
(from Bella Grove)

Candied Jalepenos Bella Grove

On the seventh day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
7 Wicked Wicker Works Baskets

Wicked Wicker Works baskets

On the eighth day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
8 Ma’s Madhouse hair clips

Ma's Madhouse Hair Clips

On the ninth day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
9 jars of honey
(from Alfredo’s Honey)

jars of honey

On the tenth day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
10 handmade chocolates
(from de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier)

de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier

On the eleventh day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
11 Half Past Noon Necklaces

Half Past Noon Necklaces

On the twelfth day of Christmas shopping, my true love found for me …
12 Cool Colors Cards

Cool Colors Cards

Now sing back down to one and come see these artisans and many more at our holiday markets. Thank you for your support!

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