The Roanoke Valley Locavore

Promoting the production of local foods in the Roanoke Valley.

Month – June 2012

Buffalo Mountain Kombucha

Buffalo Mountain KombuchaGift of Life, Manchurian tea, Russian flower. The many names of Kombucha are rooted in Asian and Russian healing traditions. Full of living organisms, kombucha plays a role in strengthening the immune system, detoxifying the circulatory system, and rejuvenating kidney function. Raw, unpasteurized kombucha has a bounty of probiotics and enzymes: powerful tools that promote a vigorous digestive tract.

RVL Note: You can read more about the health claims associated with Kombucha here )

Discover Southwest Virginia’s first Kombuchery. Learn how to bring well being into your life with our living, health-giving fermented tea elixir. Ours is made from the freshest spring fed waters from the Blue Ridge Mountains, organic teas, fresh pressed juice from organic fruits, herbs and flowers. Health is a balance of body, emotions, and mind. Love, peace, gratitude and praise expand life force, creating energy and vitality.
Reach for, shed light on and reveal YOUR highest potential!

Cassie Pierce
2324 Shelor Road
Meadows of Dan
VA 24120
Facebook: Buffalo Mountain Kombucha



Updated: June 24, 2012 — 1:17 am

Villa Appalachia Winery

villa appalachia


Our 15 acre vineyard grows old Italian grape varieties, from which the winery produces wines which match the mediterranean cuisine, lots of fresh vegetables, high quality meats, herbs and olive oil.



Susanne Becker
752 Rock Castle Gorge
Floyd, VA 24091
540 250 6516

Villa Appalaccia Farm Winery is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, beside the Floyd Fest site, milepost 170.5, 45 miles south of Roanoke.





BlackSnake Meadery

Blacksname MeaderyBlacksnake Meadery is a family-owned farm winery in Carroll County, Virginia. We produce our wines from honey, known as mead, honey wine. Our apiary currently consists of 30 hives, and we supplement our own honey with locally-produced honey. Meads are as diverse as the producers making them. Meads range from dry to sweet, and there are many styles incorporating fruit, herbs and other ingredients.


Steve & Jo Villers

1815 Windsor Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

From Blue Ridge Parkway southbound: Right on Buffalo Mountain Road (Mile 174.2). Go 7 miles (stay straight at Buffalo Mountain Store), left on Rock Church Road. At the Rock Church, road becomes Buffalo Road. Continue 0.5 miles, bear right to stay on Buffalo Road (unpaved). Driveway on right at 0.8 miles.

From Blue Ridge Parkway northbound: Left just past Mile 187 on State Route 631 (Olde Mill Road). Left when 631 ends at 638 (Bell Spur Road). Follow 638 across US 58 (it becomes Dugspur Road). Go 5 miles, right on Route 628 (Buffalo Road). Go 0.6 miles. Left at second driveway.

From US 58: Go north on State Route 638 (Dugspur Road) at Laurel Fork. Go 5 miles, right on Route 628 (Buffalo Road). Go 0.6 miles. Left at second driveway.

From US 221: Go south on State Route 638 (Dugspur Road) at Dugspur. Go approximately 6 miles. Left on State Route 628 (Buffalo Road). Go 0.6 miles. Left at second driveway.




Updated: June 18, 2012 — 11:38 pm

Tendergrass Farm

Tendergrass FarmTender Grass Farm is an online grass fed meats shop. We ship our products to you, conveniently packed on dry ice.




At the core of the Tender Grass Farm identity is our vision of sustaining local grass-fed family farmers by serving as a channel for their superior quality grass fed beef, grass fed lamb, pastured pork, pastured chicken and pastured turkey to find its way to committed pastured meat fans like yourself. serves as a way for our customers to support a number of small family farms in our region.

Our local grass fed partner farmers raise their animals in a 100% pasture-based environment according to our strict grass fed production standards here on the beautiful hills and pastures of rural Virginia. By implementing rigorous grass fed standards we are able to offer naturally raised meats of distinction that are truly unparalleled in terms of animal husbandry and welfare, culinary refinement and flavor, as well as purity and wholesomeness. By purchasing products from Tender Grass Farm you are supporting a growing number of small grass fed family farms in rural Virginia that might not otherwise have a market for the meats they so proudly produce.

As Christians, we work for the glory of God and strive to serve both our customers and our partner farmers with consistency and integrity that can be counted on. Thanks for taking a moment to see what we’re all about. Please feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-929-1785 if you’d like any more information about what we do here at Tender Grass Farm and whywe do it.


David Maren, General Manager
800.929.1785 x 101
3263 Floyd Hwy N., Floyd, VA 24091

Brush Creek Aquaponics

Brush Creek AquaponicsAntibiotic-free pasture-raised duck eggs, produced by Rover the Duck and her happy, healthy sisters in Riner, VA. Find our duck eggs, soaps, cards, bookmarks, button badges, and other fun and soothing items at the Shawsville Farmers’ Market, or contact us directly.

Contact Person
Answer: Sandy and Ralph Birkenmaier
P.O Box 73
Pilot, VA/24138

Phone Number
Answer: 540-381-1856

Months of Operation

Answer: Year Round

Hours of Operation
Answer: by appointment

Contact or Business email?

Shawsville Farmers’ Market

Shawsville MarketShawsville Farmers’ Market is located on the grass at the corner of Rt. 460 and Alleghany Spring Road (where the turn lanes are), outside Meadowbrook Center and Meadowbrook Public Library in Shawsville, Virginia, between Salem and Christiansburg. Open 9 a.m. – 12 noon, each Saturday, May 5 – October 27, 2012. Fresh produce, eggs (chicken and duck), herbs, honey, baked goods, grass-finished beef (inside), vegetable plants, and locally-made crafts and artwork, as available.

Contact Person
Answer: Sandy BirkenmaierCity

AddressPhone Number
Answer: 540-381-1856Months of Operation
Answer: May Through OctoberHours of Operation
Answer: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Answer: 267 Alleghany Spring Road

Contact or Business email?

Firefly Fare

firfly fare

From their website…..

“Think of Firefly Fare as “farm to table on the go.” Chef and owner Chris Parkhurst offers a seasonally changing menu, a fresh juice bar, and freshly baked deserts.


“We’re trying to bring us back a little closer to how our great grandparents used to eat, but with a bit of modern sensibility and global influence,” says Parkhust. That means sourcing locally and sustainably when possible and creating a changing landscape of great tastes. “We’re providing an alternative that’s been missing downtown for someone who wants quick access to healthy, tasty food while supporting local farmers.”

Sound good?  It sounds even better when you list some of the options that have made the menu so far: butternut squash pancakes with local apple butter, zucchini frittata with braised greens and fresh oranges, and Moroccan seven veggie stew.
The dishes change frequently, so the best way to find out what the Blacksburg native has cooking is to stop by. You’ll be welcomed with carefully crafted meals, fresh ingredients, and fun details, including firefly table lights and some of your favorite old record covers holding today’s menu.

Contact Person
Chris Parkhurst

32 Market Square SE
Phone Number

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs 11-7
Fri-Sat 11-9
Sun 11-3

Mantana Heim

Our main objective is to market local vegetables, fruits, honey,  and quality crafts. This is our 3rd year and we are growing fast. A new and local organic vegetable farm joins us this year. We are also fortunate to have a Thai chef who markets her “ready to eat Thai foods” at this market.

mantana   This is what the local newspaper, The Smith Mountain Lake Eagle, wrote about this market last year (June 08): Live chicken, ducks and eggs from free range hens. Ripe, fragrant peaches, the size of soft balls. Juicy, heirloom tomatoes, corns picked the night before, young, tender yellow and green squashes without blemish. Artisan breads, homemade breads and cakes. Thai  Masman Curry, packaged and ready to heat up for a quick dinner with the different. Several varieties of honey from the hive just down the roads These are just a few examples of what being offered at the Moneta / SML  Community Market.

We offered the freshest vegetables, fruits, honey, breads, eggs cheese, Thai foods and quality crafts at our market. All products are produced locally and travel less than 50 miles to the market.

With this diversity of vendors and a great new location: on the grounds of Moneta Farm & Home Center, on Rt.122 (the highway running from Rocky Mount to Bedford) we feel that our market is here to stay!

SML/Moneta Community

Mantana Heim
2664 Radford Church Rd,
Moneta,VA 24121-4496

Phone: (540) 297-5789


plentyOur goal is to provide healthy produce/food to children and adults who do not have access to it or cannot afford it. McCabe sells his pottery at the Blacksburg Farmers Market and at the end of the day gathers surplus produce from the vendors to take back to floyd (including soap, eggs, and bread on occasion) Plenty also provides market coupons to and has arranged with the department of aging to provide van service on saturday mornings to elderly women in floyd to get to the local floyd farmers market and to have one or two coupons (worth 2 bucks each) to spend on the produce. We also sell rain barrels, have a master gardener come speak at our community garden on a month basis. and more

Plenty! is the umbrella name for several food community redistribution projects that we are engaged in for Floyd County. we sponsor the empty bowls project that is a fundraiser for the backpack program of floyd elementary and high schools. our second project is healthy snacks for hungry kids where we place healthy snacks and juices for all kindergarten and first graders in all four elementary schools. our third project is Kid’s Wonder Garden, at Floyd Elementary School. This year kindergartens are planting and harvesting beans, potatoes, etc and have just planted beets, spinach, etc. our fourth project is the new Floyd Community Garden, located 1/2 mile north of the traffic light in floyd where we now have our studios for Wildfire Pots and the space for our final project Portable Produce where we glean and gather surplus organic produce from farmers and gardeners in floyd county and take bags out weekly to some 70 families and individuals- elderly, handicapped and single mothers who do not have transportation.


rom the light at floyd, go north on highway 8, about a half a mile, past the harvest moon, look to your right for the community garden and the little gray building and two red ones. from Blacksburg, Christiansburg, take highway 8 toward floyd, past wills ridge lumber, past the dollar store on the left, past citizens telephone on the right, then turn in at the next left.

Karen Day

karen day/ mccabe coolidge

138 little river rd.

floyd virginia 24091


Our studio and community garden site is at the northside center, an old timey rickety gray building, just down the hill from Harvest Moon.

Updated: March 2, 2015 — 11:56 pm

Jamison’s Orchard

Family farm since 1875.  Our fruits and vegetables are grown on premises.  Old fashioned hard candy (in season).  Fruit and gift baskets are a specialty.

Select your own apples, peaches, nectarines, vegetables, apple butter, peach butter, mountain honey, hard candy, Amish country cheese.

One mile west of Route 419 and Oak Grove School.

Hours:  9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday
Closed on Sundays

Dennis Jamison

5635 Grand Road Ext,Roanoke, VA 24018

(540) 774-5537



Covington Farmer’s Market

covington marketThe Covington Farmers Market provides a variety of local produce and artisan crafts to consumers. We provide grass fed and finished beef, and poultry, a variety of bedding plants, potted flowers, herbs, and vegetable plants, fresh cut herbs, hand made soaps and lotions, quilted products, free range eggs, honey, and baked goods.

Grown in the Alleghany Highlands just for YOU!


Season Opening: May 24th, 2014

MISSION STATEMENT: To promote the sale of local products, to provide an educational forum for consumers and vendors, and to enhance the quality of life in the area by providing a community activity that fosters social gathering and networking. The Covington Farmers Market provides a place for local vendors to directly sell their goods and where community members can interact in a safe and friendly environment. We do this because we support local farmers and crafters, promote economic growth in the area, and desire to preserve the quality of life in our community.

Basic Info

Joined Facebook 12/01/2009

Location 134 W Main St, Covington, Virginia 24426

Wed3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sat8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Parking Lot

Contact Info

Phone (540) 862-0369



Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op

Roanoke Natural Foods Coop


Since ’75, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op has provided our community with nutritious food choices and earth-friendly products. Operating from cooperative principles, we support sustainable environmental practices, local organic farmers and local economy.


Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op serves the Roanoke Valley from two retail locations. 1319 Grandin Road, open 8am-9pm every day & 1 Market Square, SE, open Sundays and Mondays from 10am-7pm and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9am-7pm.

Our farm, Heritage Point Urban Farm, is the largest contiguous urban farm in the United States. Visit the farm at

  • 1319 Grandin Rd SW
  • Roanoke, Virginia 24015




Salem City Market

CIty of SalemLocated in beautiful downtown Salem, the Salem Farmers Market vendors pride themselves on bringing the “Best of the Country to the City”. Our vendors bring a wide variety of products to market including fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic produce, delicious baked goods, jams/jellies, local honey, antibiotic and hormone free meats, spice mixes, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, flowers and shrubbery, and so much more.

Be sure and join us at 9:30 every Saturday morning in June, July, and August for Chef’s Circle demonstrations!

As always, there is ample free parking on site, so come join your friends at the Salem Farmers Market!

Location: Corner of Broad St. and Main Street, downtown Salem. Hours: Mon-Sat from 7:30 till 2 pm. 

The Farmers Market is located in downtown Salem on the corner of Main Street and Broad Street. From Interstate 81, take exit 140 and head east into Salem. At the Main Street intersection, turn right. The Market is located 2 blocks down Main Street on your right.

Beth Carson, City Horticulturist  Alice Austin, Market Manager

Beth Carson 540-375-3028, Market office  540-375-4098


Updated: June 13, 2012 — 6:24 pm

Walters Greenhouse

Walters Greenhouse has been in business for 24 years. The large greenhouses are on 5 acres. We use sustainable growing methods for a large assortment of herb, annual, and perennial, flowers, and vegetable plants. These plants may be bought at the farm or at the Roanoke City Market February – July

Mrs. Walters

1356 Coopers Cove Road Hardy, Virginia


King Brothers Farms and Orchards

Come visit our 7th generation farm and step back in time. Enjoy country life. Enjoy fruits and vegetables. Visit us on the Roanoke City Market in the summertime and at the orchard in the fall.

corns, beans, potatoes, squash, peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, fruit – Roanoke City and Salem Farmers Market and PYO fruit Sept 15- Nov 20

Nancy and,Will Riking, Gladys and Howard King


Vinton Farmers Market

The Vinton Farmers’ Market, located at 204 W. Lee Ave., is a great place to sell or purchase  produce, crafts, plants, jams, jellies, baked goods and artwork under the comfort of a permanent canopy. The market is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 8 a.m. -3 p.m.  The market also hosts many events throughout the year including Art Markets, Vintage Markets, and Retro Evenings. For more information visit

The Vinton Farmers’ Market, located at 204 W. Lee Ave., is a great place to sell or purchase  produce, crafts, plants, jams, jellies, baked goods and artwork. The market is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 8 a.m. -3 p.m.  The market also hosts many events throughout the year including Art Markets, Vintage Markets, and Retro Evenings.


From I-581 take Exit 4-E to Route 460/Orange Ave. At the fifth stoplight turn right on Gus W. Nicks Blvd. After entering Vinton turn left on Pollard St for one block and turn right on Lee Ave.

Mary Beth Layman

204 W. Lee Ave., Vinton, Virginia 24179

Southern States – Troutville

Southern States Roanoke Cooperative is a farmer owned co-op founded in 1935. We provide farm and home supplies for a five county area (Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Roanoke, Rockbridge counties and the southern part of West Virginia). We provide: seed, fertilizer, farm supplies, feed, petroleum, and lawn and garden supplies. We will be opening a new 12,000 square foot retail facility during the fall of 2010 at 8709 Cloverale Road (alt 220/604) in Troutville, Virginia

Scott Stevens

PO BOX 160 Troutville, VA 24175

Phone: 540-992-9001

The BarnHouse Garden

The BarnHouse Garden sells direct from the garden at our Trolley farmstand.  I grow organically and am working towards sustainable growth by seed-saving. We grow Heirloom produce and herbs, specializing in Heirloom melons.  Seeds, herb pots, Tomato pots are available in April. Medicinal herbal teas are available.

Shelley Starr
2763 Stony Fork Road
Moneta, VA 24121
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