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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Great Events For Local Holiday Shopping

The busy time of the year is here!  GrowRVA has three great events planned to allow you to shop for those special ones in your life.  Save the dates to shop all 3!

On December 5th, First Fridays event will be partnering with the Artemis Gallery, Harvest & Bombolino Pasta at the intersection of Main & Lombardy from 5 pm – 9 pm.  GrowRVA is excited to be participating December 6th with the Free Holiday Family Event, Illumination:  Festival of Trees at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, 3 pm – 7 pm.  There will be scavenger hunts, music and a visit from Santa.  The last event of the weekend will be at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in the lovely ballroom, 12 pm – 5 pm.

GrowRVA gift certificate

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Let SOJ add local to your table this Thanksgiving

This Saturday at the South of the James Market, you’ll find an amazing selection of fresh and local fare that’s perfect for your holiday feast. To get an idea of the variety, scroll down to see the food vendors we are expecting this Saturday.

And of course, SOJ offers a fabulous group of artisans bringing you handmade jewelry, soap, pottery, art and apparel so you can get started on gift shopping! You can find the artisans listed on our vendor map.

FARM FRESH INGREDIENTS

Pick up the raw ingredients you’ll need to create your holiday dishes. SOJ farmers will have fresh local fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, dairy and meat. Look also for flowers, wreaths and greenery to make your table and home more festive.

A Wise Gardener Drumheller Orchard Old Church Creamery
Agriberry Empress Farm Pair-a-dice Farm
Alfredo’s Honey Goats ‘R Us Pine Fork Farm
Babes in the Woods Goin Family Farm Pleitez Produce
Bella Grove Grandma’s Garden Tomten Farm
Bonnyclabber Cheese Co Grayhaven Village Garden
Broadfork Farm HaaShrooms Walnut Hill Produce
Cabbage Hill Farm Heath Produce Wandering Cow Farm
Crumptown Farm Jason Talley’s Produce Whispering Winds Farm
Deer Run Farm of Amelia Norma’s Produce

SEAFOOD

Barham Seafood will have oysters, steamed crabs and other favorites from the sea.

BAKED GOODS & SWEETS

This is a busy time of year for bakers and treat makers! They’ll have all kinds of breads, rolls, pies, cookies, cakes, muffins and more ready for you.

annaB’s gluten free
de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier
Flower Child
Grammy O’s Sticky Buns
Montana Gold Bread Company
Norwood Cottage Bakery
Poor Georgie’s Bakery
Simply Southern Pies
Sweet Temptations by Teresa
Tater Dave’s
Thinking of You Creations

PREPARED FOOD

Pickles, peanut butter and pasta; Salsa, stews and sausage -
that’s just a sampling of the prepared food items you can find at SOJ.

Alberta General Store
Bombolini Pasta
Do the Jerk-ey
Real Country Sausage
Reginald’s Homemade
Salt Pork
Sweet/Sour/Salty
Yohman’s Garden

PET FOOD

We wouldn’t forget the feline and canine members of your family.
Look to Dogtown Lounge and Clementine’s Mobile Munchies for food and treats that really bring on the purrs and tail-wagging.

FOOD TRUCKS & CARTS

We have a nice variety of food vendors lined up for Saturday. They’ll get you going and keep you going with their delicious meals and warm beverages.

Alchemy Coffee
Big Daddy’s BBQ
Blanchard’s Coffee
Boka Tako Truck
Cielito Lindo
Dressed and Pressed
Goatocado
Kitchenette
Limeades & More
Monique’s Crepes
Mosaic
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen
Phal’s Café
Slideways

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Getting to SOJ during the Marathon

This Saturday, November 15th, marks the 37th anniversary of the Richmond Marathon. America’s Friendliest Marathon brings thousands of runners and supporters to our area. Unfortunately, it also brings those dreaded road closures that make getting to SOJ a little challenging. Don’t worry. We have the answer!

If you live outside the area between Forest Hill Ave and Riverside Drive, you will probably need to alter your normal route to the market. The race will have the westbound lanes of Forest Hill Avenue closed from the area around Forest Hill Park all the way to Hathaway Drive (near Chippenham Parkway) between 8 am and 11:30 am.

The upshot: Boulevard Bridge South, Left onto New Kent Avenue
If you live outside the area between Forest Hill Ave and Riverside Drive, the only way to drive to Forest Hill Park is to cross over the Boulevard Bridge (going South). Even if you live south of the river you will have to cross north over the Willey Bridge or Powhite Bridge and then cross back over the Boulevard Bridge.

From the Willey Bridge…
Cross it (heading North) and turn onto River Road, follow the road as it becomes Cary St. – Make a Right on Sheppard St. – Yield to traffic as you proceed straight onto Blanton Avenue (161 South) – Make a left at the Carillon at Byrd Park and continue across the Boulevard Bridge ($.35 toll) – Make a left at the first stoplight on to New Kent Avenue and follow that straight until you reach the South of the James Farmers Market in Forest Hill Park.

From the Powhite Parkway…
(there is an entrance ramp from the Eastbound side of Forest Hill, which will be open) – Cross north of the river on the Powhite Bridge – Stay to the right when the traffic splits just north of the river – Take the first exit, Maplewood Avenue and get in the left lane marked “To Boulevard 161″ – Continue straight on Maplewood to the Stop Sign at Sheppard Street – Make a right onto Sheppard Street – Yield to traffic as you continue straight onto Blanton Avenue (161 South) – Make a left at the Carillon at Byrd Park and continue South across the Boulevard Bridge (.35 cent toll) – Make a Left at the first stoplight onto New Kent Avenue – Take New Kent Avenue straight until you reach the South of the James Farmers Market.

These detours should only add an additional 10 minutes to your trip. Alternatively, you can park somewhere on the South Side of Forest Hill Avenue and walk about 5 blocks to the market.

**Please remember the speed limit is 25 in this neighborhood. Residents will be out walking with children and pets. Please obey the speed limit.**

We appreciate you making the extra effort to come to the market. Your patronage means even more to our vendors on days like this, and on behalf of them and the entire GrowRVA team, thank you very much for supporting the South of the James Market!

[To see a map of the road closures, head on over to RVANews]

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Urban Farm Fest featuring The Crain Brothers Band!

It’s Urban Farm Fest time!!! After the farmers market on Saturday, come over to the market manager’s house / farm in Lakeside for a party! Enjoy live music, tasty food & family fun at this unique Northside home.

Music: Urban Farm Fest will feature music by the very talented Crain Brothers Band.  These RVA-based brothers, sons and friends perform classic and modern rock favorites as well as their own songs with a distinctive vocal blend and charm that unites generations.

Crain Brothers Band

Food: The Dog Wagon will be selling their amazing hot dogs. These guys elevate this traditional favorite to new levels! Take a look at their menu below for an idea of the variety of meals they create with hot dogs.

The Dog Wagon

Family Fun: Bring your friends and family! Kids will enjoy seeing the goats and ducks at the farm.

marsh and mallow

Urban Farm Fest
featuring The Crain Brothers Band
November 8, 2014
2pm – 6pm
2601 Lafayette Avenue
Henrico, VA 23228

Admission is Free! Please bring lawn chairs!

Dog Wagon Menu

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