Sperryville column for Sept. 27

Farm Tour weekend

Come away from the din.

Come away to the quiet fields,

over which the great sky stretches,

and where, between us and the stars,

there lies but silence;

and there, in the stillness

let us listen to the voice

that is speaking within us.

– Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Call your friends who live in the city and tell them about the opportunity to visit our farms and experience the joy and peace of rural Rappahannock County. Vendors, environmental organizations and tickets for the tour will be available at the Sperryville Schoolhouse (Farm Tour headquarters). Don’t miss out on the opportunity yourselves to explore our community in greater depth and detail. The full program is online at farmtour.visitrappahannockva.com.

Turn on your lights for Shop Sperryville

Celebrating the farms, shops, art galleries, restaurants, vacation rental homes and B&Bs of Sperryville, we are asking all businesses and residents to turn on their lights from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday (Sept. 21) and during future Fourth Friday events. Help us shine the light on our village. Come on out and stroll from the Sperryville Schoolhouse to the River District, before driving over to the increasingly diversified shops on the west end of U.S. 211. Each business will have an up-to-date map with the name and location of each participating shop. Follow the bear paw to all participating businesses. Come out and explore the village, see your friends and discover all the treasures of Sperryville.

‘Carrying on grandfather’s tradition’

That’s what’s important to Andy Baldwin, who has recently reopened a family roadside stand on U.S. 211 just east of the Sperryville fire hall. You may have noticed that the new paint job and cleanup at Baldwin’s property paved the way for this business – which first opened in 1961 – to resume its role in the community. Andy is again selling apples, peaches, pumpkins and mums as his grandfather did before him – and just in time for the Farm Tour and the fall visitor season. Christmas trees will arrive in mid-November.

Andy Baldwin, left, poses with his grandmother, Cecil Baldwin, and Patty Atkins with her son Westin at the family’s newly reopened roadside stand. Courtesy photo.
Andy Baldwin, left, poses with his grandmother, Cecil Baldwin, and Patty Atkins with her son Westin at the family’s newly reopened roadside stand. Courtesy photo.

Grandmother Cecil Baldwin, 83 years young (and I do mean young), wanted Andy to reopen in order to “make his grandpa proud.” Andy has big plans and intends to be open seven days a week until mid-December. In addition, he will again have a complete towing service in the building right next door, hopes to be selling gas by next spring and plans to have his father help with the business when he retires from farming. We wish them well with this reopened family business.

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