the state

– of producers & wine. by vastate
Friday, 8 May 2009, 22:15
Filed under: - of restaurant review, -of eats, -of green, -of jhumphrey, -of localism, -of vino

as promised, here are lineups:

first, the local producers supplying staunton grocery with it’s fine ingredients.

second, the wines we were served along with our fare.  i apologize that it is just a list and that i did not correspond the wines with the dishes.  my mouth was too full for multi-tasking…

LOCAL PRODUCERS (jack brown’s take note.):

Anson Mills – Columbia, SC – 803-467-4122
Organically certified Heirloom Grains. Grits, cornmeal, Carolina Gold rice, graham and biscuit flour, milled fresh for the table daily.

Baker’s Farm – Shenandoah, VA
Heritage Pork

Bobby Perkins – Staunton, VA
Georgia Pecans

Bonny Venture – Mt Sidney, VA – (540) 363-4348
We specialize in naturally raised produce (our main focus being berries & salad greens), and quality Cashmere goats. We utilize sustainable agricultural practices for the health of our customers and the environment.

Caromont Farm – Esmont, VA – 434-831-1393
Situated in southern Albemarle County, VA, Caromont Farm exemplifies what farming is all about – sustainability, commitment, and connection to the land. On this rolling twenty-three acres in the Rockfish River Valley, Gail Hobbs-Page draws on the strength of her beloved North Carolina roots and the natural beauty of Esmont, Virginia to create her unique goats milk cheese.

caromontfarmcheese(check out the great profile of caromont farm in this season’s edition of edible blue ridge…)

Critzer Farm – Afton, VA – 540-456-7250

Elk Run Farm – Ft Defiance, VA – 540-363-5152
Fresh produce

Everona Dairy – Rapidan, VA – 540-854-4159
Artisinally made farmstead cheeses featuring award-winning aged, unpasteurized Sheep’s Milk Cheese.

Gatherings Rabbitry – Mt. Sidney, VA

Green Fence Farm – Greenville, VA – (202) 215-7868
Green Fence Farm is proud to offer pure bred Icelandic sheep, cashmere goats, German angora rabbits, vegetables and eggs. Prime clipped angora, blended and pure Icelandic sheep rovings for spinning, handspun yarns, knitting kits, and felted items.

Harvest Thyme Herbs – Mint Spring, VA – 540-324-0151
We’re Deirdre and Phil Armstrong of Harvest Thyme Herbs, a culinary herb and vegetable farm located on 6 acres south of Staunton in Mint Spring, Virginia. Here we grow culinary herbs and vegetables and handcraft a wide array of culinary herb products from what we grow.

Heartland Harvest – Mount Solon, VA – 540-885-7172
Wheatberries – With our “heart” in the “land” we are working to produce a “harvest” of the best quality food available. We are working hard to develop production models that eliminate chemicals, drugs, growth hormones, air and water pollution and adverse animal housing. We rotationally graze our livestock, moving them regularly to new pasture where they can roam and feed on fresh bio-diverse, nutrient dense vegetation.

Homestead Hill – Middlebrook, VA – 540-885-8523

Hungry Hill Farm – Shipman, VA – 434-263-5336
Honey & Mushrooms

Janet’s Garden – Greenville, VA – 540-337-0979
Heirloom Vegetables

JMD – Staunton, VA – 540-290-4015
JMD farm is located in the Shenandoah Valley, nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian Mountains to the west, closest to the small locale of New Hope. Our goal is to produce high quality, all natural products, including black angus beef, Suffolk sheep, free-range chicken/eggs and fresh produce.

Kites Ham – Wolftown, VA – 540-948-4742
Genuine sugar cured country hams.

Lutz Farm – Mt. Crawford, VA – 540-477-3574

Meadow Creek Dairy – Galax, VA – 1-888-236-0622
Cow’s Milk Cheese – A family run farm in the mountains of southwest Virginia. At an elevation of 2800ft, the combination of pure water, clean air and deep soils produce an ideal environment for growing diverse, mineral-rich pastures.

Newtown Baking – Staunton, VA – 540-885-3799
Offering a variety of artisan breads, rolls, morning pastries and coffee.

Planet Earth Diversified – Standardsville, VA – 877-ARUGULA
We provide fresh greens, Baby Salad Mix™, herbs, tomatoes, gourmet cucumbers, microgreens, sprouts, nanogreens, wheatgrass, seasonal farm produce, eggs, essential oils and hydrosols to the most decerning chefs and gourmet customers. Local refrigerated delivery in Virginia cut and delivered the same day. Ecologically Grown™ based upon your requirements in our own proprietary design of ecological greenhouses and sustainable farming – growing for you and growing only the best!

Rachel Effinger – Stuarts Draft, VA – 540-255-3628
Garlic & Shallots

Singing Earth Farm – Fishersville, VA – 540-943-1051
Fresh vegetables; including peppers, tomatoes, salad greens, squash, broccoli, etc.

Snow Spring Farm – Middlebrook, VA – 540-885-6706
Produce and Fruit

Sunrise Farm – Stuarts Draft – 540-430-7437
Pastured Chickens

Tea Bazaar – Staunton, VA
The Tea Bazaar offers a rotating selection of teas from around the world.

Wheatland Farms – Swoope, VA – 540-337-7589
Grass Fed Beef


i’m personally curious about the fresh seafood.  it was fantastic.  i will check into that…

WINE SELECTIONS (picked for four-course tasting menu by staunton grocery wine guy, kyle boatright):

Domaine Villaregeau; Coteaux du Giennois 2007; Loire, France

Fritsch Gewertztraminer; 2006; Alsace, France

Les Heretiques Carignan; 2007; Minervois, France

Blenheim Chardonnay; 2006; Monticello, Virginia

Heider Gruher Veltliner; 2007; Kamuptal, Austria

Bodegas Volver ‘Paso a Paso’  Temperanillo; 2007; La Mancha, Spain

Chambers ‘Rosewood Vineyards’ Muscat; NV; Victoria, Australia

Delaforce Colheita Tawny Port; 1986; Douro, Portugal



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