Don’t even get us started on the amazing ways turmeric can improve your health. While many people are familiar with the powder form of this inflammation-fighting spice, Nisani Farms—a local farm that specializes in certified naturally grown ginger and turmeric—gets creative with this tasty relish. Available at the Forest Farmer’s Market—check Facebook to see a vendor schedule each week.
These sprigs fresh from the SoulShine Farms greenhouse are small but mighty. According to studies, microgreens have a high antioxidant content, which means they can promote good overall health. Available seasonally (mid-April to October) at the Lynchburg Community Market.
Heritage Corn Flour—
It doesn’t get much fresher than this, folks. Jimmy’s Cracked Corn in Goode is a newer addition to the local farming scene with corn flour, corn meal and other products made within 24 hours of their sale on Saturday mornings. The corn is from an 1860s heirloom seed, adding a pinch of history into your next batch of muffins. Available at the Forest Farmer’s Market—check Facebook to see a vendor schedule each week.
Add to your salad’s visual appeal with rainbow chard from the family-owned, no-spray Archlynn Farm in Charlotte Court House. These colorful leaves make a bold statement but actually have a slightly milder taste than spinach. Archlynn Farm is open year-round in the Lynchburg Community Market.
An herbal tincture is a concentrated liquid form of herbs that uses alcohol as the solvent. The benefits of chickweed are broad—from improving your skin to relieving pain—making this one of the top tinctures sold by Wild Patch Herbals. Add a drop or two to your next cup of tea for a mid-afternoon boost. Available at the Forest Farmer’s Market—check Facebook to see a vendor schedule each week.
Herb Garden Starters—
From chamomile to peppermint, the sky’s the limit for your next home herb garden. These starters from Great Day Gardens make it easy to grow delicious, fresh herbs right outside your kitchen. Available seasonally (mid-April to October) at the Lynchburg Community Market.
Free Range Eggs—
Whip up your next omelet with fresh eggs produced by free range chickens. Seeds of Faith Farm raises chickens as well as ducks on their property in Brookneal—and you’ll even find them selling emu eggs from time to time. Available at the Forest Farmer’s Market—check Facebook to see a vendor schedule each week.
Bedford-Grown Peaches and Apples—
You will taste the difference in these mountain-grown peaches and apples from Gross’ Orchard. The family-owned and –operated orchard is located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter. Find them at the Bedford Farmer’s Market or visit www.grossorchards.com to learn more.
Local Organic Pastured Pork—Hog Haven Farms is getting rave reviews for its meats, especially the bacon and sage breakfast sausage. Their products are USDA certified, USDA inspected/processed and contain no MSG or nitrates. Find them at the Bedford Farmer’s Market.
Homemade Breads, Rolls & Focaccia—
The Lynchburg-based Kay’s Culinary Creations uses wholesome ingredients to create these super yummy breads that have people lining up on Saturday mornings. Find them at the Bedford Farmer’s Market.