We are repeating the holiday series on shopping with a review of food sources in Sperryville. Now, not only do you not have to spend time and gasoline driving out of the county, but best of all, the food shopping in Sperryville is more than filling a basket – it’s a community experience. Most everyone knows everyone’s name. If you don’t know your grocers, just introduce yourself! You may want to go to more than one store, but they are less than two miles from each other and there are no traffic jams. So let’s go!
Roy and Janet’s Orchard and Farm Market, on Old Hollow Rd., is just a half mile off U.S. 211. This market is the closest thing we have to a supermarket. During previous trips, I’ve asked customers why they shop at Roy’s. Last year Hope Dodson said, “When I get the urge to cook, it’s here.”
Indeed, you need to carry a hand basket or bag because there are no wide aisles or carts, and you may need to go into more that one of their multiple buildings, but you really can find it all at very reasonable prices. I can’t begin to give a full inventory, but there are a few categories, including raw filberts Brazil nuts, walnuts, macadamias, almonds and sunflower seeds. There is a full line of dried beans, pasta, dried fruits, spices, gelatins, rice, flour, jam, honey, olive oil, organic Red Mill products and gluten-free products. The famous Virginia Chutney is also sold here. Of course, there is a large selection of fruits and vegetables – an entire building is devoted to apples, peaches, pumpkins and squash. Don’t miss the Trickling Springs milk in returnable bottles, ice cream in just about any flavor imaginable and even handmade goat cheese. I found 19 varieties of popcorn!
There is very definitely that old country store feeling here and you can find country ham and other meat, ham hocks, fresh chicken – even bones for your dog. Be prepared for a dose of nostalgia (and temptation) when you see the variety of old time candy, as well as dark chocolate cream drops, fudge and chocolate-covered cranberries. In the parking area is an old refrigerator; open it up and select your homemade pie. This year, Roy and Janet are also carrying an increased supply of gluten-free products and a limited selection of turkeys, ducks and pork that they raised on the farm. The Conways of Castleton said it best: “We just love Roy and Janet. Their produce is great and the prices are amazing.”
The Corner Store, located at the corner of U.S. 522 and Main Street, is a treasure trove of upscale products, as well as basic items. Homemade sausage, fresh-cut quality meat, amazingly fresh seafood and freshly baked bread make this a must stop for shoppers. You can always be sure that owner Terri Lehman’s gourmet cheese selections, fresh vegetables, fruit and prepared foods are the best. Nearly 100 varieties of beer, a diverse selection of wine and Red Truck Bakery items are also available. Terri’s catering service guarantees a gourmet meal for those who need her services.
The Rainbow Market, two miles west of the village center in the Hearthstone complex on U.S. 211, is usually staffed by Kathy Edwards, a naturopath and Reiki healer. The market has a full line of organic baking products, natural supplements, bath and body products, essential oils, organic eggs, teas and soy products. They take special orders and whole case purchases at a discount. The one room store is jam packed with a wide variety of organic products for your baking and health needs. Proceeds from the store are donated to charity.
Attic Treasures, owned by Clyde Pullen, is located on U.S. 211 at Old Hollow Road. Though it has long been known as a source of antiques and gift items, Attic Treasures has recently begun selling seasonally available fruits and vegetables. Baked goods are made by a Mennonite woman in Madison, who also bakes for Yowell’s. Homemade pies (each $11) include pecan, French apple, pumpkin, cherry, blackberry, coconut cream and custard. Lemon poppy seed, banana nut and pumpkin breads are available for $6. Other bakery items, such as cakes and pumpkin rolls, are sometimes available. These baked goods usually sell out every weekend. The dairy case features products by South Mountain Creamery and includes bottles of yogurt smoothies.
Triple Oak Bakery is a family-run artisan bakery that specializes in classic patisserie: all gluten-free in a dedicated gluten-free and peanut-free facility. They also utilize local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Chef Brooke Parkhurst is offering delicious pies for the holidays: pumpkin, apple, pecan and French chocolate, along with a large selection of dinner rolls, scones, cakes and pastries. For more, call 540-987-9122 or email TripleOakBakery@gmail.com.
Mount Vernon Farm, on U.S. 211 just east of the village, offers 100 percent grass-fed Argentine-style beef and New Zealand-style lamb along with pastured pork from Tamworth hogs, a heritage breed. They also offer their own sheepskins and grass-fed cookbooks. The farm uses rotational grazing, which allows the livestock to have access to high quality pastures year-round and fertilize the land, which eliminates the need for dietary supplements and synthetic fertilizers. Stop by the farm from 1 to 5 Fridays or 11 to 4 Saturdays or by appointment. You can place an order on their website, mountvernonfarm.net or by phone at 540-987-9559. Lillian Aylor will most likely help you; she can also give you good advice on how to cook with their products.
Belle Meade Farm, located just seven miles from the village center at 353 F.T. Valley Rd., specializes in organically grown vegetables and pastured livestock – cows, pigs, chickens, laying hens, turkeys, ducks, and geese – raised without hormones or antibiotics. Call 540-987-9748 to place an order.
Waterpenny Farm is still available for root vegetables and jars of homemade tomato sauce that they canned this year. The latter makes an excellent gift.
Come celebrate the life of Little Johnny Jenkins at the seventh annual Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner/Silent Auction/Bake Sale from 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 17) at the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department. Jenkins defied medical predictions of survival and taught lessons of courage and compassion to the community for 12 years. To honor his life, his parents, Michelle and Johnny Jenkins, created a scholarship fund for Rappahannock students. In addition to the food, there is a silent auction Saturday night, featuring a variety of items. Dinner is $25 per couple ($15 single, $7 for ages 6 to 12, free for 5 and younger).
If you are unable to attend the dinner you may send a check, made out to Union Bank, to Union Bank, C/O John Jenkins Jr., Memorial Scholarship Fund 2012, Box 179, Washington, VA 22747.
Veterans Day was Sunday (Nov. 11) , and on that warm and sunny day, the county rescue squads were called to three accidents. For the one in which a sports car collided with a group of motorcyclists near the Emporium (see the story on page 1), rescuers from Rappahannock companies 1, 7, 2 and Luray all responded to this accident. Seven state troopers were on the scene and U.S. 211 was completely shut down. We send our thoughts and prayers to those involved in the accident and our deep gratitude to those women and men on the rescue squads who voluntarily give their time and skill to serve those in need of medical attention. Thank you.