Quick SOJ & First Fridays Update

Check out this fun video of South of the James Market created by Brooke Saunders of Broadcast Richmond! In it our wonderful vendors mention our new Market at First Fridays Location … Artemis Gallery in the Fan District. (1601 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220). We’ll be there November 7th from 5pm – 9pm. Join us!

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Food Truck Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes

Next Friday, October 17th, bring your friends, family and a picnic blanket to Our Lady of Lourdes on Woodman Road for their big Food Truck Festival! Come hungry because we have 12 food trucks and carts planning to be there.

You’ll also be able to get a little shopping in as well. We’ll have local artisans and farmers selling their fabulous items. See our vendor and food truck list below for the details.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES
FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
October 17
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
8200 Woodman Road
Richmond Virginia 23228

Boka Truck

Food Trucks

BOKA Tako – Food Truck – American, Asian, Mexican fusion

de Rochonnent delights Chocolatier – a mobile sweet shoppe on wheels. European chocolages, Italian Gelato, and pastries.

Dressed & Pressed – Food Truck – Serving gourmet sandwiches, paninis & more using local ingredients and green practices.

Gelati Celesti – Food Cart – local to Richmond handmade ice cream business. Quality ingredients, attention to detail, and 30 yrs experience help make the best ice cream around.

Gelati Celesti

King of Pops – Food Cart – Handcrafted ice-pops made from all natural ingredients made in Richmond

Mosaic – Food Truck – International fusion cuisine. Some of their staples include falafel, Korean BBQ, shrimp and grits

Goatocado – Food Truck – serving healthy and wholesome cuisine, utilizing fresh, local and organic ingredients as much as possible.

Goatacado

Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O – Food Truck – Specializing in apple wood smoked BBQ chicken, ribs, seafood and down home southern cooked meals.

Limeades and More – Fresh squeezed limeades and lemonades made to order, also coffee and hot chocolate as the weather dictates.

Phal’s Café – The best noodles, dumplings, eggrolls, spring rolls, etc., etc., around – shrimp, chicken, and tofu!

Slideways – Food Truck – Gourmet sliders w/a wide variety from kid friendly classics to unique flavor combinations, vegetarian options too.

Sweet Temptations by Teresa – local ER nurse and her husband with their own brownie (and other sweets) business. Truly decadence refined!

Jadean's BBQ

Market Vendors

1 Eye Originals – Recycled, hand-decorated glass bottles turned into one of a kind incense burners.

2 Dye 4 – Hand tie dyed t-shirts and accessories for the whole family.

Agriberry – Sustainably and responsibly grows more than 30 varieties of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, producing berries from April through November, along with peaches, cherries, plums, etc.

C Glass Creations – Earrings & bracelets handmade with sea glass, accented with gold and silver charms. Also semi-precious stone jewelry collections. Jewelry can be custom fitted on site.

Gypsy Eye Jewelry – Beautiful vintage style crochet jewelry, with antique buttons, antique coins, fine gemstones, leather, feathers, shells, natural beads, starting silver and gold wire wrapped pendants with a vintage, hippie, boho flair!

Handmades by Linda – Featuring handmade jewelry-sterling silver, gold-filled, copper with semi-precious stones and some glass. I also do wall art, holiday ornaments and key rings – all handmade by me. Simple repairs are offered at a reasonable price.

Jewelry by Leann and Teresa

Jewelry by Leann & Teresa – Unique handmade jewelry using recycled vintage materials, guitar picks, wire crochet jewelry, and wine charms. Custom orders done.

The Inspired Spirit – Handmade gemstone jewelry for the inspired spirit w/uniquely inspired, long lasting and purposeful designs.

Wandering Cow Farm – a fiber and dairy goat farm, also raising cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks, horses, & sheep. Creating and selling hand crafted soaps, locally grown wool and hand crafted wool products.

Sierra Club – Virginia Chapter – working to build healthy, livable communities, and to conserve and restore our natural environment.

OLL Food Truck Festival

Our Lady of Lourdes Food Truck Festival

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Shoe Drive for Local Elementary School Children

Buy local, support local!

As summer turns to fall, there are many children in our area who are in the need of shoes and socks. Please donate new shoes and/or socks at the FeedRVA booth at the South of the James Market. These shoes will be dispersed to area elementary schools for students in K-5th grade. Your donation will enter you in for a drawing to earn a $100 gift certificate to use at market!

Photo courtesy of Johan Larsson

Photo courtesy of Johan Larsson

All donations are tax deductible. Tax receipts are provided upon request. In order to receive a tax receipt, please fill out a donation form (available when you drop off your donations).

Thank you for your help and caring for our children in need.  Your support is invaluable.

Photo courtesy of Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt

Photo courtesy of Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt

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Meet Your Artisan: Sirius Jewelry

Sirius Jewelry

Terri  McMahon

Find Sirius Jewelry at The Market at First Fridays and the South of the James Market.

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When & how did you get started?

Three years ago I made one of my sisters a necklace for Christmas.

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

I am a Standardized Patient with MCV’s School of Medicine assisting in training medical students.

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

I worked for Colonial Williamsburg in the Historic Trades division,  and learned traditional leatherwork by making: harness for the carriages, military gear for the militia, leather buckets, etc   as a member of the Harness Shop.  Museums along the East Coast have pieces of mine that were commissioned for a specific time period, generally 17th & 18th Centuries.  Reinactors all across the USA have pieces of mine as well.  All of this to say, I do all of the leather work for my cuffs/bracelets myself.

What are your greatest challenges with your business?

The paperwork…it piles up so Very quickly!

Sirius Jewelry

What three words would you use to describe your products?  

Handmade Artisan Jewelry

Sirius Jewelry

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Meet Your Artisan: Shakambhari Devi Herbs

In our Meet Your Artisan series, we let the vendors own words shine through. So without further ado, meet Gananatha Giri of Shakambhari Devi Herbs.

Business Name Shakambhari Devi Herbs
My name – Gananatha Giri

–When & how did you get started?

Years back when the doctors had diagnosed me with kidney failure and said that my condition was terminal, Ayurvedic herbalism saved my life.  After that, I felt it was my duty to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda for the benefit of the world.  After that I spent 5 years deeply immersed in study of Ayurveda and subsequently began a 10-year practice serving clients with a full range of health conditions.  Through the years I have seen countless, “incurable” conditions cured with herbs, dietary changes, and prayer.  Now I do not practice, but teach others to practice so that my efforts may help even more people.  We have introduced our line of herbal products to bring high quality herbal supplements to the people and to help raise awareness about our classes in Ayurvedic herbal medicine and the healing power of herb in general.

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 –What three words would you use to describe your products?

premium – because we choose the freshest and best quality ingredients available chosen from sustainably sourced herbs (local and organic whenever possible) to make the highest-quality tea available

healthy – because our teas have been blended according to the 1000 year old tradition herbal medicine tradition of India to support the health of the body.

delicious – because our herbalist also has culinary training and has masterfully blended each tea for great taste

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

Praying and meditating.  Teaching about Ayurvedic herbal medicine, yoga, mantra, and meditation.  In my free time, my idea of fun is gathering herbs and making all sorts of herbal preparations.

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

That we label our herbal products as “safe.”  This would be surprising because many people do not realize that many herbal products on the market are potentially very dangerous.  When taken with proper knowledge, herbs have great power to heal.  When taken without proper knowledge, they are equally powerful to cause harm. Expert knowledge is required when taking herbs to ensure good results.   We are proud to offer some of the only herbal products on the market which have been blended to be safe for the public in general.

–Describe the process involved with creating one or more of your products?

Each of our products has been carefully blended and tested in a process taking many months (or years).  From selecting, sourcing, and blending herbs, to providing instructions for using the finished product, we pay the utmost attention to details.  We meditate and pray and test each product with students and clients until we are completely satisfied that it is the best it can be.

tea set photo

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Parking & Traffic at South of the James Market

Based on customer input and talking to parking strategists, we’ve evaluated the traffic situation at the South of the James Market and are implementing adjustments to make arriving and departing safer and more pleasant. This is a work in progress so we appreciate your patience!

Starting this Saturday, we are closing the “loop” at the bottom of the parking area closest to the market. As you are coming into the parking area, the left side of the parking lot from the pavilion down to the market will be filled with vendors parked cars and closed to moving vehicles during market hours. That will make this area safer for walkers and cyclists making their way to and from the market. The parking area on the right of the pavilion as you are coming in will remain customer parking however you will exit by going out the same way you came in without going through the loop. We will reserve the last 10 spaces (5 on each side) for handicap parking. See the map below (it is not drawn to scale).

parking diagram2

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Meet Your Artisan: La Bella Vita Bakery

New to The South of the James Market this year is La Bella Vita Bakery owned by Adam, Andrew and Steven Serafim. This small-scale Ashland bakery specializes in artisan breads and desserts made with high quality ingredients. Their emphasis on local markets enables them to produce the freshest baked goods possible without the use of any preservatives. Read on for some Q&A with La Bella Vita Bakery and for one of their favorite recipes. Their love for good food is a 50 year family tradition and they love to share it!

1. When & how did you get started? 

In 2012, La Bella Vita Bakery got started as a means of offering artisan baked goods to locavores through farmers’ markets and independently owned retail locations. In our family, food has always been an important means of communication and sharing our love for one another. Our business is really an extension of that same ideal as we hope to help foster a strong sense of community through sharing our passion for food. We began using the ovens in our home kitchen and have grown and expanded (thankfully) into a certified kitchen that was constructed specifically for the bakery business. Each day brings exciting new potential!

La Bella Vita Bakery

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

When not at the market or in the kitchen, Adam is often found spending time with his wife and family (including two Bichons…Oscar and Chloe) and studying for school as he comes closer to completion of his business degree at the University of Richmond. Andrew is often found working on his next artistic inspiration as he continues his study of fine arts at VCU. He also works at Whole Foods where he hopes to make an impact in furthering the importance of the local food movement. Steven has always excelled in creating and crafting innovative and practical ways of achieving goals. He’s intensely interested in exploring ways in which to optimize his land in a way that reflects sustainable stewardship. Whether in or out of the kitchen, the focus is good food with these guys. That said, farming is an endeavor of great interest to all three as good food begins with ingredients with integrity!

3. What three words would you use to describe your products? 

Ingredients with Integrity

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

The sourdough starter that we use dates back to 1847. The age of the starter when coupled with a delayed fermentation technique helps us to develop character and flavor in our sourdough bread.

La Bella Vita Bakery

5. Do you have a favorite recipe that uses one of your products you would like to share with customers?

One of our favorites is french toast. Our sourdough bread serves as an excellent base for this classic dish.

Recipe: French Toast

Ingredients

1 cup milk
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 (1/2-inch) slices of sourdough bread
4 tablespoons butter

Directions

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Enjoy with maple syrup!

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Farmers Market Pro Tips, the SOJ edition

Some of our customers have been shopping at the South of the James Market since it’s first weeks. They often share tips that help them get the most out of their shopping trips. And we listen. Below is a list we’ve assembled along with some advice of our own. What would you add?

–Keep berries and cherry tomatoes from getting squished by putting them in a plastic container you bring from home. Dump the berries into your container, put the lid on and hand back the cardboard carton to the farmer to reuse.

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–When you get home – store fresh herbs like cilantro and basil on the counter in a jar of water — not in the refrigerator.

–Tag photos of your market bounty with #markethaul on social media. Use #sotj for the South of the James Market. It’s a fun way to share your market finds and to see what others have found.

–Farmers will reuse clean egg cartons so don’t throw them away. Return them. (Also ask vendors if they want back other clean packaging)

SOJ eggs

–You know to bring a market bag. But do you bring your own plastic bags too? If you have extra plastic bags in your house, bring them to the market to wrap around your frozen meat.

–When you stop to chat with friends, please be kind to the vendors by making sure you’re not blocking their tents.

–If your dog is at all uncomfortable in crowds, around other dogs or near children, leave her at home. If you do bring your dog, keep a tight leash on him. Make sure he doesn’t pee on vendor tents and always pick up after your pooch.

dogs at the farmers market

–Buy in bulk and buy seconds if available to get the best deals. A good time to ask about bulk deals is during peak season. Canning, freezing, dehyrading are just a few of the ways to preserve the harvest.

–Try something new each time you visit. You may be surprised at how much there is to love at the market.

–Be aware of market hours (8am – noon in summer season) and watch out for vendors pulling into their spots in the morning and leaving after noon. It is unsafe and against market rules to shop before the market opens.

–Keep an eye on your children. Please.

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–Ask about custom orders. Many of the art vendors will gladly make something specifically for you.

Pay using your SNAP card. Visit the GrowRVA tent to buy tokens with your SNAP benefits. These tokens can be used to buy fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat and plants.

–Eat with the season. Instead of finding a recipe and then looking for the ingredients, come to market and get inspired by what’s in season and then find a recipe. Ask the vendors for recipes and cooking tips too. They are great resources!

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–Start shopping now for a CSA for next year. Is there a farm you gravitate towards? Why not ask if they have a CSA subscription plan. (Community Supported Agriculture)

–Bring cash and ideally smaller bills. While many vendors do take credit, some do not and most do prefer cash. They have to pay a fee for every transaction using a credit card.

–Don’t let rain or snow stop you. The South of the James Market is open year round, rain or shine. We only close for dangerous weather. (Hint: there are often deals to be had during rainy weather.)

hurricane 2011

–Ask questions. If you want to know how they raise their sheep or what they spray on their plants or which ingredients they put in their bread, ask them!

–Bring a cooler bag or leave a cooler in your car to help keep cold items cold.

–Become a regular. Build relationships with vendors by shopping from your favorites as often as you can. Amazing friendships are born at the market!

shake the hand that feeds you Cabell & Linda

Market vendors are all small businesses that we at GrowRVA are trying to help grow. Your support is vital. Thank you!

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Meet Your Artisan: Balm of the Earth

Elizabeth and Elisha Somerville have been gaining fans at the South of the James Market this year with their homesteader herbal salve, Trailblazer Jewelweed Liniment (great for poison ivy!) and other natural skincare products. Read on for a little insight into how and why these savvy homesteaders created their company, Balm of the Earth.

Balm of the Earth

1. When and how did you get started?

- The inspiration for Balm of the Earth, which was started in August of 2012, stemmed from the scary realization of the amount of toxic chemicals found in most skin care products. At the time, we were expecting our first child, and we couldn’t stand the thought of putting conventional skin care products on his skin. This led to experimenting with many different recipes, until we made a moisturizer that we were SO satisfied with that we couldn’t keep it to ourselves! This was just the beginning of many all natural skin care solutions and of our career as a small business family.

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

- Balm of the Earth currently attends 4 different farmers markets in the central Virginia region. When we are not vending at one of these markets, we spend our time farming and gardening, foraging wild, edible and medicinal herbs, making product, and hiking, all together as a family. Our toddler is always with us, learning about everything along the way!

homesteader in hand pic

3. Describe the process involved with creating one of your products.

- Homesteader Herbal Salve, Balm of the Earth’s best-selling product, involves a long, yet simple, process. We start by infusing Extra Virgin Olive oil and Virgin Coconut oil with dried Plantain leaf, Comfrey leaf, Calendula, Echinacea, and Chickweed. We let the oils infuse for a minimum of 24 hours, after which the oil in strained and measured into another jar, along with a specific ratio of organic beeswax. The oils and beeswax are then heated until they are liquid, at which point we add Lavender essential oil and Vitamin E oil, give it all a stir, and then pour the liquid salve into our tins and tubes. As the salve cools, it solidifies, and is then packaged and ready for the market!

4. What three words would you use to describe your products?

- Safe, pure, and effective.

5. Where do you get your ingredients?

- All of the oils that we use in our base ingredients in various recipes are food grade, organic, cold-pressed (from the first pressing), unrefined, and either extra virgin or virgin, where applicable. We buy most of our ingredients online, through smaller (usually family owned) companies, and are making conscious efforts to source our ingredients as locally/fair trade as possible. The strict standards that we hold ourselves to ensures that the ingredients in our products are the highest quality, most pure oils that the world has to offer, following our philosophy that one should only put on their skin what would be pure enough to consume.

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Meet Your Artisan: Flower Child

Goochland-based Flower Child specializes in (extremely popular!) small-batch granola, baked goods and handmade, organic soap and body care. Owner Tonia Wyatt took a few minutes away from baking to share a little more about herself and her business.

Flower Child granola July 2014 South of the James

–When & how did you get started?

My whole life I have always had my hand in something creative. After having children, I decided to home school them which gave me more time to try new things. John and I have been making Granola for about 9 years now. We would give our Granola to family as Christmas gifts and everyone loved it! Flower Child was “created” about 2 years ago after hearing about farmer’s markets here in Richmond.

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

My life is like a giant canvas! I get bored very easily so I am always doing new things. I spend my days with my 2 youngest kids, Savannah and Johnathan. We play a lot and spend time outside gardening. I make soap in the afternoons between cleaning and doing laundry. I bake, watch movies and spend a lot of time dreaming up new ideas!

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

Years ago before John and I were married, I was a nail technician at The Sanderling Spa in the Outer Banks. We lived there for about 10 years. Since our son Johnathan was born in 2003, I have been a stay at home mom.

–What are your greatest challenges with your business?

The greatest challenge for my business is making enough Granola!!! Sounds silly I know, but our Granola has become so popular that I find us selling out at the market!

–What 3 words would you use to describe your products?

Eclectic, Comfort, Natural

You can keep up with Flower Child on Facebook

Flower Child granola

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