Follow your taste buds to the many grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other retail outlets. Here’s a Virginia’s Finest® directory of more than 450 participants: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vafinest.com/all-products.shtml. For a printed copy, call 804-786-3951. Or shop from home www.shopvafinest.com.
Some of my favorites from Virginia’s Finest® directory:
Barboursville Vineyards — Award-winning wines, including the sumptuous Octagon and Viognier Reserve 2017. Go to their Tasting Room on 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, VA. Wines also available at local grocers, Virginia wine displays and area restaurants. bbvwine.com, [email protected], 540-832-3824.
Monastery Country Cheese — Gouda cheese. Available at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, 3365 Monastery Dr, Crozet, VA, Also at select fine grocers, area B&Bs, and by mail order. olamonastery.org, chees[email protected], 434-823-1452.
Dancing Chick – Jams, jellies, fruitcake, morel mushrooms. Bedford, VA. Find them on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at the Lynchburg Community Market. dancingchickjams.com, [email protected], 434-907-3053.
Ayrshire Farm (MeatMe Pet Food) – Certified Organic, Certified Humane®, People and pet foods. Specializing in Heritage Breed Livestock (Beef, Veal, Pork and Poultry) for retail and wholesale markets. 21846 Trappe Rd, Upperville, VA. Shop online GentleHarvest.com. Dine at Hunter’s Head Tavern, 9048 John Mosby Hwy. AyrshireFarm.com, [email protected]. 540-837-4405.
Shenandoah Valley Organic – organic, free-range chicken – 779 Massanutten Street, Harrisonburg, VA. Farmer Focus chicken products at several area grocery stores and larger retailers (like Costco.com). For the store nearest go to svorganic.com/store-locator. FarmerFocus.com, 540-433-8400.
W.E. Kellum Seafood – Chesapeake Bay Oysters. Live in shell, frozen, scallops, soft crabs and Chesapeake Bay fish. 96 Shipyard Ln, Weems, VA, kellumseafood.com, 804-438-5476. Find them at Kroger, Whole Foods and many fine retail and restaurant establishments.
FERIDIES — Award-winning Super Extra Large Gourmet Virginia peanuts, The Peanut Patch Gift Shop, 27478 Southampton Pkwy, Courtland, VA, feridies.com, 866-732-6883, [email protected]. Also at numerous Virginia grocery stores and retail outlets.
Greenwood Gourmet Grocery — A huge selection of Virginia’s Finest® and Virginia Grown® products. Devoted to promoting Virginia farmers and food producers. 6701 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, Va. greenwoodva.com, 540-456-6431.
A local market is a great place to find Virginia’s Finest® products. Check out the Lynchburg Community Market.