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

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GrowRVA Weekend Update

It’s another weekend of fun in RVA!

TONIGHT: First Fridays – New Location!

Due to last week’s holiday, we’re celebrating First Fridays on a Second Friday. We’re also making one more change …. Our Market at First Fridays is moving down the road to New Normal Apparel at the corner of East Clay & North Third Streets. We’ll still have our wonderful group of food and art vendors — the only thing we are changing is the location and it’s only a short walk away. With us tonight will be:

FOOD:
Boka Tako Truck, Flower Child, Gelati Celesti Ice Cream, King of Pops,
Mosaic, Phal’s Spring Rolls, RVA Vegan

ART:
Bon Air Naturals, Flood Factory, Jewelry by Leann & Teresa, MA’s Madhouse,
New Normal Apparel, Red Lintu, Sirius Jewelry, The Henna Lady, Wandering Cow Farm

Market at First Fridays

SATURDAY: South of the James Market

8 AM – Noon:  Peaches, watermelon, corn, tomatoes and so much more! Below is a map of the vendors we expect to see this Saturday. (spots are subject to change)

South of the James Market

 

SATURDAY: Midlothian Mines Farmers Market

1 PM – 4PM: At our Midlothian Market we’ll have produce, meat, baked goods, soap and jewelry from these fine local businesses: C Glass Creations, Flower Child, Real Country Sausage, Red Lintu, Walnut Hill Farm, Wandering Cow Farm and Whispering Winds Farm. Stop in to Urban Farmhouse Market and Cafe for more tasty treats!

watermelon walnut hill farm

SUNDAY: Music in the Park

6PM – 8PM: Music in the Park welcomes the Granddaddies of RVA Blues – L’il Ronnie and the Grand Dukes! It should be a Down Home Blast! So pack a picnic and bring friends and family to Forest Hill Park. You don’t want to miss this free family fun!

grand dukes

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A Farmer’s Life – Still Life Competition

Saturday, you may have seen RVA Has Talent’s Still Life Competition underway at the South of the James Market.

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This RVA Has Talent contest aims to bring together Richmond’s visual artists, nonprofits & market vendors through a community-wide campaign that embraces the local arts & farmers.

Every Thursday in July at the Short Pump Town Center Farmers Market & Saturdays in July and August at the South of the James Market, artists will paint items from market vendors. Winners in each round will be determined by your votes with the First Place Artist in the final round receiving $500 to paint Nacho Mama’s store front in Carytown and a fundraiser for their charitable sponsor. (Artist – $300 & Charitable Sponsor – $200) The artist will also be featured in GRID Magazine.

Artists! There is still time to enter. Head on over to RVAHasTalent.com for the details!

rva has talent still life competition

 

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Meet Your Artisan: Dixie Pots Clayworks

Potter Tamurlaine Dixie McLean Melby of Dixie Pots Clayworks joins us tomorrow at the South of the James Market. She creates functional, hand-thrown pieces for everyday use. She works to make each piece unique and eye-catching through a combination of techniques, including form-altering, slip-trailing, hand-painting and carving.

Dixie Pots

When and how did you get started?
I began taking pottery classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond five years ago, as a hobby and a way to reduce stress. It’s a great studio with awesome instructors who encouraged me to look for places to sell my work, which I started doing this year.

Dixie Pots Tamurlaine (2)

When you’re not vending at the farmers market, what do you spend your time doing?
I spend a lot of time in the studio making pottery, but I’m also a freelance editor, so the rest of my week I’m working on a computer editing books and articles for several publishers/sites. When I’m not doing either of those things, I enjoy oil painting, cooking, writing, reading, yoga, porch-sitting with friends, and stalking Craigslist for antique furniture.

What type of work did you do before becoming a vendor?
Since college, I’ve waited tables and worked as a barista and in retail, but for the past six years I’ve worked as an editor and project manager with a small book publisher here in town, and I’ve branched out to do editing for other companies as well.

Dixie Pots photo from Tamurlaine Melby

What’s something about your business that people might find surprising?
The name “Dixie” in “Dixie Pots” isn’t just a nod to the region–it’s the name my grandmother went by her whole life because she hated her given name (Frances) and had a soft spot for the South. When I was born, I was almost named Dixie, but my parents decided at the last minute to name me after a murderous Mongolian warlord instead, so Dixie is my middle name.

What three words would you use to describe your products?
Pretty, functional, detailed.

Tamurlaine D. M. Melby
Dixie Pots Clayworks
www.facebook.com/dixiepots

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Get a True Taste of Summer at the Midlothian Mines Farmers Market

Celebrate the official first day of summer this Saturday at a place where Virginia’s summer bounty is officially on display … a local farmers market!

Midlothian Mines Farmers Market June 2014

Midlothian residents don’t have to travel far for farm fresh food. GrowRVA’s Midlothian Mines Farmers Market sets up every Saturday afternoon May – December between 1pm and 4pm in the Millworks Development, near the corner of N. Woolridge Road and Coalfield Road. Conveniently located near the Midlothian Library and the Urban Farmhouse Market & Café, the market is an easy stop along the way. “Grab your market bag and pick up your weekly dose of Virginia grown,” says GrowRVA’s Karen Atkinson. “Shopping local not only feeds your family fresh, nutritious food but it also supports our local farmers and their families which in turn strengthens our local economy.”

Carrots & Beets from Walnut Hill Farm

Carrots & Beets from Walnut Hill Farm

In its third season, the market is anchored by full time vendors Walnut Hill Produce, Real Country Sausage, Barham Seafood, Wandering Cow Farm, Red Lintu, C Glass Creations and the GrowRVA Farm Stand.

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Barham Seafood

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Real Country Sausage

Red Lintu

Red Lintu

Adding to the interest each week is a rotating group of part time vendors including Mrs Yoder’s Kitchen, Gelati Celesti Ice Cream, A Wonderful Soap, Sirius Jewelry, Balm of the Earth, Poor Georgies Bake Shoppe and Cup Cakery, Belinda Early Jewelry, One Rare Lily, Sweet Temptations by Teresa, Whispering Winds Farm and others.

Midlothian Mines Farmers Market
Saturdays, 1pm – 4pm
Through December 6, 2014
13849 Coalfield Commons Place, Midlothian, VA 23114

 We encourage local small businesses interested in vending at this market to apply!

Soap from Wandering Cow Farm

Soap from Wandering Cow Farm

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Fun for the weekend

We Richmonders love our outdoor events, especially this time of year before it gets too horribly hot. Every week during spring and early summer there are many fun events from which to choose. This week is no exception!

RVA First Fridays

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RVA First Fridays – It’s time for downtown Richmond’s fabulous monthly art walk! Galleries, shops, restaurants, non-profits, and more open their doors in celebration of art and community. Each month GrowRVA sets up our food and art market next to Quirk Gallery. Stop by for food trucks, handmade local jewelry, soaps, apparel, photography, baked goods and more! Friday, June 6, 5 pm – 9 pm

Wood Kiln Party

old tavern event

Wood Kiln Opening at Old Tavern Farm – This will be a fun day down on the farm! We’ll be opening the wood kiln and seeing for the first time what 600+ new pots look like. Those pots will be for sale, along with jewelry and crafts from other local artists. The wood oven will be fired and turning out pizzas and bread. There will be live music, food trucks, farm animals, a produce stand and face painting! Come out and support local artists and sustainable agriculture. Sunday, June 8, noon to 4 pm.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park: This monthly concert series is all about fun, family, friends and neighbors getting together to picnic, relax and enjoy great music! This Sunday’s music is provided by Many Nights Ahead – a blue backboned bluebrass band. Sunday, June 8, 6 pm – 8 pm

And of course  we’ll be at our regularly scheduled Saturday markets: 

South of the James Market – the area’s largest producer-only farmers market in beautiful Forest Hill Park, Saturdays, 8am – noon.

Midlothian Mines Farmers Market – This small but mighty farmers market is just waiting to be discovered! Saturdays 1pm – 4pm

 

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New to the Markets Part 2

Six businesses new to the GrowRVA markets!

Byrd Farm
Goochland County
Family owned and operated USDA Certified Organic vegetables, strawberries, flowers and herbs. We also offer pasture raised poultry and eggs from happy hens, as well as handcrafted preserves made on the farm by the farmer’s wife.
Local, organic and sustainable.

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Sweet Temptations
Henrico County
A local ER nurse and her husband have launched their own brownie (and other sweets) business. They give out lots of samples and support non-profit businesses. Sweet Temptations by Teresa – truly decadence refined!!

Sweet Temptations at South of the James Market

Donna’s Oils
Bon Air
Original Oil Paintings

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Inside Out by Irina
Upcycled cashmere, wool and cotton clothing

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New Normal Apparel
Richmond City
New Normal Apparel is an eco-friendly apparel company in Jackson Ward. All of our products are hand screenprinted with eco-friendly, water-based inks right here in Richmond VA. Our clothing is spun from cotton grown and sewn in the USA.
Our apparel line offers a variety of graphics and
styles of clothing including tee’s, yoga wear and hoodies.

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Great Harvest Bread Company
Hanover County
We are a bread company focusing on whole grains. We offer a variety of fresh baked breads and sweets made daily along with our fresh made sandwiches

Great Harvest Bread Co at South of the James Market 2014

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