The Moyer Family Farm is a small, organic family run operation based out of Wise County, Virginia. In addition to making an incredible Sorghum syrup, their products range from organically grown heirloom fruits and vegetables to sustainably foraged native crabapples, passion fruit, jujubes, and other produce that's adapted to the Appalachians in Southwest VA. They’ve also partnered with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in an effort to carry on their heirloom products. More than simply a farm, Richard Moyer, a molecular biologist by trade, makes products in a way that preserves traditional farming methods and encourages sustainable growing practices not only to his children, but to anyone who tries the fruits of their labor. Their farm is a testament not only to the impeccable quality that sustainable farming practices yield, but also to a proud tradition of Virginia agriculture.
Agriberry Farm & CSA, located along the Pamunkey River in Richmond, VA, began in 2008 in an effort to create a beyond organic approach to berry farming; carefully choosing practices that not only allow for scalability, but for minimal environmental impact. And while their practices are excellent, one of the coolest parts of Agriberry is their attempt to bring their ethos to the next generation of farmers. To that end, they consider part of their mission to seek out young, motivated workers to mentor and educate them in sustainable practices, as well as preservation practices, and teach them good marketing and business practice through working with Agriberry’s own CSA.
Owned by the Lapham family since 2006, The Farm At Sunnyside sits on the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains next to Shenandoah National Park in Rappahannock County, Virginia, just two miles from the historic town of Washington.TFAS actively promotes native biodiversity, and today the farm provides habitat for and incredible assortment of native flora and fauna. Additionally, they pay special attention to encouraging beneficial species that provide pollination, pest control and other ecosystem services. In addition to their progressive views on wildlife ecosystem conservationism, TFAS is also a site for some crops that aren’t typical to the area, but are incredible in quality, like Ginger, Galangal, and Turmeric, which will be used in our vinegars!
All of our honey comes from Golden Angels Apiary, a family owned beekeeping operation based out of Singers Glen, VA, with 500 honeybee colonies throughout small farms in the area. One reason we love their honey is because they don’t filter or overly heat their honey so as to keep the naturally occurring pollens, which have great health benefits and add fantastic aroma and flavor. They also avoid the use of chemicals and toxins to treat their bees, as to have a low impact on the surrounding environment and support an overall eco-friendly ethic, as well as to create an idyllic environment for the bees to thrive in. The resulting honey is outrageous, and highly addictive! They can be found throughout Virginia at small health food stores, whenever you see their honey, bee sure to grab some!
Joyce and Travis Miller are the husband and wife team behind the incredible Falling Bark Farm Hickory Syrup based in rural Clarke County. A pastime for the Millers, their syrup involves foraging the bark form the Shagbark Hickory Tree, which which is shed naturally so as to ensure that no harm is done to any trees used for their syrups, allowing the tree to remain a sustainable resource. Once gathered, the bark is scrubbed clean, roasted much like coffee beans to enhance the flavor, put through an extraction process, aged, and filtered, before being made into a syrup.