From contributed reports
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Rappahannock Spring Plant Sale. Local and nearby growers will be gathering at Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville, again this Saturday (April 30) from 9 to 3, rain or shine.
Returning this year is Blue Ridge Botanicals, growers of herbs, perennials and flowering vines, Eastwoods Nurseries with Japanese maples and select conifers, and Hill House Farm & Nursery with native herbaceous and woody plants. A new vendor this year is Beech Tree Farm with native trees and shrubs.
Morningside Farm & Nursery will have a selection of specialty annuals, perennials, and herbs, and Persimmon Springs Farm & Nursery is returning with flowering and ornamental shrubs and small trees.
Rappahannock High School’s Farm to Table Program will be selling their student-grown plants and vegetables. The host of this annual event, Waterpenny Farm, will be selling vegetable, herb and flower starts. Mt. Vernon Farm will be selling pastured beef, lamb and pork products.
Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School is this year’s food vendor. The menu will include food for breakfast and lunch as well as snacks and drinks, all made from scratch by farm school students and faculty. The school also will be selling farm-fresh eggs and hand-crafted items which include hand-spun yarn from the wool of sheep raised by the school.
The plant sale’s special guest will be Donna Lapre of Washington; it was her idea, a decade ago, to hold an annual community plant sale. It is her original artwork of the Cabbage Bonnet Lady which was used for flyers and ads the first year that is featured on this year’s flyers, ads, and program.
New this year, also in celebration of the sale’s 10th year, will be a plant raffle to benefit Food for Thought, a farm-to-cafeteria program with the mission of providing more fresh, locally grown produce to the school cafeterias. Tickets will be on sale at the 4-H Garden Club booth with a drawing at 2. Proceeds from vendor fees also will be donated to the school cafeteria program.
Old Rag Master Naturalists and Plant-A-Row are returning this year and will staff informational booths.
Waterpenny Farm is located on U.S. 211 just east of Sperryville. For more information, call 540- 987-8567.