Gratitude – One Word With Big Meaning

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The weather was a bit tricky last Saturday (to say the least) but that didn’t stop vendors and customers at GrowRVA South of the James Farmers Market.  The location was changed and the setup was different; total dedication is displayed when you have an outside market available all year.

Thankful for the vendors wanting to provide for the customers depending on them weekly.  Knowing you are appreciated makes everything feel a little warmer, even in frigid weather.

Kudos to everyone!

See you this Saturday, 9 a.m. – Noon.

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Cabin Fever?! Get out this weekend!

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Have you been in the house all week?  Now is the time to plan your weekend fun.

The GrowRVA South of the James Farmers Market is happening Saturday, 9-12, but with a temporary location change; the great vendors will be located outside the Stone House in Forest Hill Park at Stonewall Ave & W 41st St Richmond, VA 23225. 

The Richmond Bluegrass Jam is Saturday, Noon – Midnight.  A great way for the whole family to get out of the house and support a great cause, the Richmond Fisher House.  You couldn’t ask for more in one venue; bands, open mic, artisans, food trucks, local craft beer and wine.  Great vendors are provided by GrowRVA:

New Normal Apparel
Karen’s Glass
Butternut Press
Sweet Temptations by Teresa
Red Lintu
MA’s Madhouse
Phal’s Café
Limeades & More
Alberta General Store
Native Creations
Wandering Cow Farm
The Inspired Spirit
The Freckled Farm Soap Company
de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier
Gordy Burgers
Great White Buffalo
Jadeans Smokin Six LLC
Mrs. Yoders Kitchen
OPA Food Truck – Nader’s Bistro
The Dog Wagon

Bundle up and see you at these great events!

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Temporary Move: SOJ Market at Stone House this Saturday

Due to ice in the main parking lot, the South of the James Market vendors will set up near the Stone House in Forest Hill Park this Saturday.  The Stone House is at Stonewall Ave & W 41st St (23225). This is not far from where we normally set up and is conveniently near the sledding hill!

Bundle up good and come see us! 9am to noon. Below is the list of vendors that plan to be there:

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Love At Farmers Market

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  Of course, you know it because of the constant reminders since the new year started.  Love can be found anywhere; store, online, gas stations and exercising, etc.  You get the picture.  South of the James Market apparently is a catalyst for new businesses and relationships.  Check out Karen, owner of GrowRVA, and Doug, GrowRVA Operations Coordinator, enjoying one of their first dates at Grayhaven Winery South African Food & Wine Festival.  Mary, GrowRVA Social Media and Marketing Guru, with Mike, Sticcellar Carving Company.  Linda, Handmades by Linda with Joel, Wicked Wicker Works.

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I know there are some other romances out there.  Betty, One Rare Lily Jewelry Design, and John, violin maker are another couple.  We invite you to share with us if you have met someone at the market.

Procrastinators we have you covered.  Of course, if you still haven’t done your shopping we are here for great local unique items.  There will be jewelry, soap, chocolate treats, wine and food.

Just remember, bundle up and smile because love is found in the most unexpected places.

See you tomorrow, 9-12, South of the James Market.

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Winter Weather, Appreciation & Support

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February has arrived quickly and the chilly weather is in full effect.  Last Saturday’s South of the James Market was “chilly” but that didn’t stop the vendors or customers from bundling up and coming out.  The smiles were abundantly and warmed the atmosphere all around.

It’s truly amazing the dedication represented by all.  Vendors wanting to ensure their products are available and customers so appreciative for the opportunity to support local.

Warmer weather is on the horizon for this Saturday.  Just bundle up and come enjoy yourself.  See you Saturday, 9 a.m. – Noon.

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Checking In On You: How’s it going?

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Can you believe the month is almost over?  The time goes so fast and the weather has definitely let us know it’s Winter.  Before you know it, Spring will be here. 

New Year’s resolutions usually are centered around eating healthy, exercising, more family time and meeting new people.  We are at South of the James Market for you year round.   Are you enjoying the produce and products you purchase at the market?  Is Saturday morning your family and friend time?  Do you walk to the market or around the market for exercise?  Please share how you are progressing and how we are assisting in your pursuit.

Remember one step at a time and celebrate each one!

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

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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.

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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

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!

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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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