Join RVA Earth Day 2014

RVA Earth Day 2014You are invited to be a part of Style Weekly’s RVA Earth Day April 26th!  Do something good for our earth and city this year by volunteering. We need people of all ages to help with kids activities, setup, pouring beer and checking IDs. Sign up today by clicking on the volunteer link at http://rvaearthdayfest.org.

Besides a free T, beverage tickets, and great day of bands, food and fun, you are invited to TWO volunteer parties:

Thursday, April 10th at Hardywood 5 – 7:00 pm
Thrusday, April 24th at Legends 5 – 7:00 pm  Beverage ticket and T-shirt Pick up

This event benefits FeedRVA, an organization that helps our communities grow, buy, sell and eat healthy food. Sign up by April 10th and you will be put in a drawing for tickets to the Squirrels, CineBistro, or the Chili Cook Off!

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Growing Season Beard Contest

How well do you know the faces at SOJ? Match these beautifully bearded faces to South of the James Market vendors for a chance to win a $25 Gift certificate to GrowRVA’s markets. Details below.

Growing Season Beard Contest

 

Match the faces in the image to these businesses.
Barham Seafood
Bonnyclabber Cheese Co.
Crumptown Farm
Deer Run Farm of Amelia
Grayhaven Winery
Limeades and More
Phal’s Spring Rolls
Pure Light Candles
Reginald’s Homemade
Super Fresh Carts
Sweet Sour Salty
Tater Dave’s
Ted & Kirsten’s Excellent Food
Thinking of You Creations
Walnut Hill Produce
Wandering Cow Farm

Comment below with your entry. For example “1) Old Church Creamery, 2) Mrs Yoder’s Kitchen… etc” or if you wish to keep your answers secret from the other contestants, email us. The person who gets the most correct answers wins. In the case of multiple correct entries, the winner will be randomly selected. Entries accepted until this Friday, March 28 at noon. The winner will be announced Saturday morning March 29, 2014. One entry per person.

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Urban Farmhouse Farmers Market in Church Hill

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Due to the large success of the urban Farmhouse grand opening event in Church Hill, we will be continuing the urban Farmhouse Farmers Market every fourth Friday of the month from 4-9 PM, starting the fourth Friday of this month (March 28.) This lively market will feature local musicians, craftsmen, artisans and vendors. 

We will have more information and a list of participating vendors soon!

For more information about the urban Farmhouse contact Peyton Ware at 804.837.8583 or e-mail her at peyton@theurbanfarmhouse.net  or visit www.urbanfarmhouse.net.

For more information about GrowRVA contact Karen Atkinson via e-mail.

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Food Truck Business Workshop THIS THURSDAY!

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We are very lucky to work with some great food trucks here in Richmond, with new trucks popping up often. One of the things we’ve learned from talking to these business owners is that keeping the bills paid during the winter months or making ends meet when jobs are rained out or cancelled can be a real challenge – some businesses don’t make it to the other side.

One way these businesses can create some financial stability is by developing multiple revenue streams – other ways of making money! These can be anything from creating products for retail sale to offering cooking classes. In the first few years of business, it’s important to exhaust every possibility for making money and building the brand to ensure a long future.

This workshop, at Ellwood Thompson’s this upcoming Thursday, March 20, addresses this very issue and brings in real-world case studies and experts – including financial expert Dan Steiner, lawyer Justin Laughter, and Ellwood Thompson’s buyer Tommy Langford. GrowRVA vendors are especially encouraged to attend. Find new ways to make money for your business while growing your brand!

Here’s some coverage on the workshop from the Richmond Time Dispatch.

MOSAIC food cart

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South of the James Vendor List 3/15

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Whether you’re looking for produce, meat and dairy, or just a little bite for brunch, we’ve got over 30 vendors at this Saturday’s South of the James market in Forest Hill Park to feed you. Looking for something less edible? Red Chicken Pottery, Carolyn Fischetti, The Flood Factory, Giggle in Pink, Handmades by Linda, Ma’s Madhouse, Obsidian, Paper Freckles, and Purelight Candles have gifts galore!

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If you haven’t checked out the new South of the James t-shirts yet, stop by the Flood Factory, so you can show everyone your market pride!

This week’s Vendors include:

Adlyn Farm (their greenhouse cherry tomatoes, pictured below, sell out fast!)
Real Country Sausage
Agriberry
Red Chicken
Alchemy Coffee
Reginald’s Homemade
Alfredo’s Beehive
Salt Pork
Babes in the Woods
Sullivan’s Pond Farm
Barham’s Seafood
Super Fresh Cart
Bella Grove
Sweet/Sour/Salty
Boka Tako Truck
Tater Dave’s
Carolyn Fischetti
Kitchenette (Ted & Kirsten’s Excellent Foods)
Cielito Lindo
The Flood Factory
Crumptown Farm
The Hungry Turtle
Deer Run Farm
Tomten Farm
Flower Child
Walnut Hill Farm
Giggle in Pink
Wandering Cow
Grammy O’s
Whispering Winds
Grayhaven
Wildwood
HaaShrooms
Yohman’s Garden
Handmades by Linda
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six 0
Jamestown Pie Company
Jolly J’s
Just Bee Kind
Limeades & More
MA’s Madhouse
Monique’s
Mosaic
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen
Mugsy’s Dogtown Lounge
Obsidian Studio
Old Church Creamery
Pair-a-dice Farm
Paper Freckles
Phal’s Eggrolls
Purelight Candles

With music by Griff’s Room Band!

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GrowRVA’s Busy Weekend

UPDATE: THE GROWRVA MARKET AT FIRST FRIDAYS IS CANCELLED TONIGHT DUE TO THE INSUFFERABLE SLEET DRIZZLE.
(but Quirk is nice and toasty and not at all sleety inside, so don’t let that keep you from the arts!)

Here at GrowRVA HQ, we’re ready to kick out the slush and enjoy the great outdoors, and we’ve got 3 markets in two days to help you do the same.

Aimee Joyaux

Aimee Joyaux (photo from quirkgallery.com)

Tonight at The First Friday Market next to Quirk Gallery, we’ve got food, jewelry, and crafts for your art walk. They’ve got not one, not two, but THREE artists worth checking out – Sarah Hand, Amy Rice, and Aimee Joyeaux.

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Tomorrow is all-day market madness with a great line-up of vendors at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park from 9-12. Mrs. Yoder’s Donuts are back, plus Alchemy, a half dozen food trucks, and plenty of farmers and makers.
Tomorrow’s vendors include:

Monique’s Crepes
Phal’s Eggrolls
Adlyn Farm
Sirius Jewelry
Alchemy Coffee
Sullivan’s Pond
Alfredo’s Beehive
Super Fresh
Babes in the Woods
Sweet/Sour/Salty
Balm of the Earth
Tater Dave’s
Barham’s Seafood
Kitchenette (Ted & Kirsten)
Bella Grove
The Flood Factory
Boka Tako Truck
Thinking of You
Broadfork
Walnut Hill Farm
Carolyn Fischetti
Wandering Cow
Cielito Lindo
Whispering Winds
Deer Run
Whitney Bryant
Flower Child
Winterwoods
Giggle in Pink
Yohman’s Garden
Goatocado
Grayhaven
HaaShrooms
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six 0
Jamestown Pie Company
Jolly J’s
Just Bee Kind
Limeades & More
MA’s Madhouse
Mosaic
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen
Mugsy’s Dogtown Lounge
Old Church Creamery
Pair-a-dice Farm
Purelight Candles
Real Country Sausage
Red Chicken
Red Lintu
Reginald’s Homemade

urban farmhouse

Once the market wraps up in the park, we’re making our way over to the newest Urban Farmhouse location in Church Hill for their grand opening! There will be family-friendly events, including face painting and lasso demonstrations, plus artisans and farmers set up in the lot next to the Lava Lofts from 1-4. Vendors include:

Tater Dave’s
Bon Air Naturals
Yohmans Garden
Hobby Hill
Relay Foods
Red Lintu Jewelry
Anna B’s Gluten Free
Flower Child
Do the Jerky
Jamestown Pie Co.
Wandering Cow Farm
Obsidian
One Eye Originals
Jill Parker Jewelry
Old Tavern Clay
Joey Graziano Artworks
Clementine Mobile Munchies

And Sunday…..we’ll be resting! And so should you. Don’t forget to spring those clocks forward!

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Meet Your Artisan #30: Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O

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There’s a new BBQ truck at the South of the James Market, but Jadean’s Smokin’ Six 0 is anything but new. They’ve been smoking butts, ribs, and turkey legs since 1976. My personal rule of thumb is to not trust any BBQ if you can’t see the smoke. You can trust Jadean’s and the custom smoker they tow along from festivals to markets to private parties. If early morning BBQ isn’t your thing (I don’t get you,) Jadean’s has breakfast sandwiches from 9-12 at the South of the James winter market in Forest Hill Park.

1. How did you come up with the idea for your business?

Jadeans Smokin Six O has been SMOKING up a storm since 1976. Specializing in apple wood smoked BBQ, Chicken, Ribs, Turkey Legs and Sea foods. Also, Breakfast Sandwiches, Fried Fish, Crab cakes, Shrimp baskets, Oyster baskets, Smoked Mac-n-Cheese, Shrimp and Grits, Soups and lots more, as well as down home prepared meals.

2. What’s something about your business that people might find surprising?

We are a family owned and operated catering and concession business. We are chefs with years of experience in the food service business.

Our 2012 custom built 28” mobile kitchen is quite a crowd pleaser. We are self contained and powered. We have a back porch on her with a custom 25 R reverse flow smoker. It stays smoking for the whole event as the aroma of apple, peach or hickory smoke fills the air.

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

A mobile kitchen of this size requires a lot of attention, so we are constantly cleaning, Cooking and Marketing our business. Our Smoked meats and (from scratch) southern sides are what people enjoy the most.

4. Who are your favorite vendors to trade or buy from at the market?

Since we are major foodies, we love trading or buying from other food vendors. This leads us to tasting great food, meeting great people and making good friends in the whole market. Dean and I love food, travel and people, our business allows us to do what we love.

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