The Roanoke Valley Locavore

Promoting the production of local foods in the Roanoke Valley.



Bent Castle Farm


We’re a new farm located in Bent Mountain, VA and serving the Southwest Virginia area. Our focus is on happy animals, raised in a natural, pastured setting and supplemented with quality minerals and non-GMO food.

We’re currently raising laying hens for delicious, pastured eggs fresh from the farm and Cotswold sheep for the best lamb you’ve ever tasted. COMING SOON: Pastured rabbit!  Come see us at the Floyd Farmer’s Market and the Grandin Farmer’s Market in Roanoke — check our Facebook page for where we’ll be each Saturday.

Here they are on Facebook:


9895 Greenhouse Road, Bent Mountain, Virginia 24059

Riven Rock Farm

Riven Rock Farm is located in beautiful Highland County, Virginia.  We strive to offer a place where the wild meets agriculture, a place where healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are priorities over monocultures and dollars. 

Our mission at Riven Rock Farm is to develop and nurture a holistic, sustainable mountain farm- and to share our products, services and experiences with like-minded people.

We raise purebred, heritage breed, Galloway beef cattle (Belted and Solid colors), Katahdin Hair Sheep, and free range laying hens.  Our heritage breed Galloway beef and Katahdin lamb are delicious, healthy and 100% Grass Fed products.

belted galloways

Riven Rock is comprised of 600 acres of hardwood forests, mountain meadows, and high sweeping pastures. The

old celtic word “Riven” means- to split or shatter- and we certainly have our share of split rock formations, cliffs and caves here in our forests and ridges.

Located at close to 3,000 feet in elevation, our summer temperatures are a refreshing change from the “lowlands”. Come visit us and refresh your spirit.  Enjoy the farm and the surrounding highlands of Virginia.

Farm Address:

Riven Rock Farm
890 Halterman Hollow Lane
Monterey, VA 24465


Recent Press concerning Riven Rocks Herd:

The Belted Galloway Herd

Page 2 concerning the herd

Animal Welfare Designation

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

New River Lamb and Goat

New River Lamb and Goat

New River Lamb & Goat is a family-run business in Giles County, Virginia. All of our animals lovingly cared for. They are primarily fed a grass-based diet, which yields a flavor that can’t be beat and also offers numerous health benefits.

Christy Gabbard 
 424 Orchard Hill Lane  
 Newport    VA/24128
(540) 558-8010

Border Springs Farm

Border Springs Border Springs Farm is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Patrick County, only 10 miles north of the North Carolina Border and 20 minutes from the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. Border Springs Farm is a small family farm raising Kathadin and Texel sheep, Heritage Turkeys, as well as working Border Collies.

Whe raise natural lamb on our pastures and do not sell any processed lamb ever treated with hormones or antibiotics. Texel wool is generally available to spinners and can certainly be reserved.

We welcome visitors essentially anytime. We lamb three to four times a year, Thanksgiving, New Years, and again in March into April. The Border Collies work every day doing chores or tuning up for their next sheep dog trial, and the livestock guardian dogs never take a vacation. They are always on patrol. The horses, chickens, and turkeys add a little additional color to the farm. When we are not doing chores, we train dogs, which sometimes looks more like play. Basic obedience and agility lessons are available in the evenings and weekends, and stockdog training (herding) and instruction can also be arranged.  If you have never had the pleasure of farm fresh lamb, please check out our lamb page and order some today.

Please enjoy your visit and we hope to see you at Border Springs Farm soon. Border Springs Farm LLC produces the finest lamb served in some of the country’s most prized restaurants in Roanoke, VA and from Washington DC to Charleston, SC, Atlanta and Birmingham. We also raise Heritage Turkeys which graze without fences or borders on our entire farm. Please stop by and visit if you are in the area.  The directions are here.

Border Springs Farm LLC
Contact: Craig Rogers
Address: PO Box 58 Patrick Springs, VA 24133


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