Welcome to Fall Line Farms!

The Center for Rural Culture's Fall Line Farms is designed to connect family owned and operated farms and businesses with customers in search of local food year round. It's Richmond VA's online farmers market!

Why Fall Line Farms

Fall Line Farms opened in the fall of 2008 with one goal in mind, to help small farms through the challenging season ahead. Since then, the company has grown and developed but never wavered from this basic focus. Our innovative online buying program allows our small farmers to sell their products as they come available at a competitive fair price that is set by them.

There is no minimum supply required for them to sell, allowing very small start up farms to grow and expand into a larger marketplace. We like to think of ourselves as an incubator for small sustainable farms.

For the customer, you will enjoy the flexibility of shopping from home. There are no minimum orders and you can order as often as you like. Our farmers share with you details about their products and their practices so you can make the best decisions for your family's health and nutrition needs.

Completely transparent, you will know exactly where your food is coming from and are encouraged to contact your favorite farmers directly with questions.

Food for Thought...

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
(The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry)

Shopping Options

We have a new shopping option on our site!
For those of you who prefer to scroll through our products as a list without photos (similar to the old Buying Pages), you may now select the green "Show List" button on our Shop page.
Either way you choose to view the Buying Pages, you can always use the drop down search features on the right hand side to shorten your list. If you select "View Details" you can view the pictures and more info.

Expanded Shopping Hours

Fall Line farms has new expanded shopping hours. The Buying Pages are now open each week from:
Friday at 12 noon until Monday 12 midnight

About Fall Line Farms

Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s nonprofit online farmers market, connects our community with fresh, healthy food straight from our local farmers.

With one order, one payment and one pick up, you can order food directly from over 40 different family owned and operated farms and small businesses right here in our area.

At Fall Line Farms you shop by the item from our participating farms selecting only the items you would like to order. There is no minimum order and you are not required to order each week.

Our farmers share with you details about their products and their practices so you can make the best decisions for your family's health and nutrition needs. Completely transparent, you will know exactly where your food is coming from and are encouraged to contact your farmers directly with questions.

Mint Julep Lamb Leg Steak Recipe

From Emily Lenschow of Tuckahoe Lamb and Cattle Co

This recipe won the 2010 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Grand Lamb Cook-Off!

For the Mint Julep Lamb Leg Steak Recipe, we used a half pound of lamb leg steaks marinated in olive oil, vinegar, fresh mint, onion wedges, juice of half a lime, a tablespoon of brown sugar, salt and pepper.

We shook it well to coat the meat and let it sit for a few hours. We removed the steaks from the marinade and cooked to our desired doneness (medium rare) on a hot cast iron skillet.

We found that fresh lime squeezed over the meat added to the flavor. You could probably add a tbs of bourbon to the marinade.

Wild Earth Farms

Talking with other “Fermentistas”- or those that practice fermentation, the interaction between the person and the ferment is like a kind of a dance; it is both a give and take, never precise, but over time strengths and techniques are learned and built upon.

This is Wild Earth Farms view of Wild Fermentation. Yes recipes are used that produce similar results and tastes, however part of the beauty and joy Bri McCarthy and Grant Collier receive in their work is that no two batches are exactly the same ... the microbes that produce the tasty fermented foods we have come to love are exactly that- Wild- they are not controlled, only managed. This concept continues to inspire them and influence their perspective.

Grant & Bri are excited to not just offer Sauerkrauts and the like in 2017, but also fermented sauces and toppings that range from spicy Corn & Jalapenos, to Eggplant Spread and other concoctions! Within the next couple weeks there will be a new Kimchi product available on the site. Additionally, there will be “Botellons” or Big Bottles of their krauts up as well. There is a lot of experimentation going on right now and they look forward to the wild and fun fermenting that will continue in years to come.

They recommend trying their ferments on a plethora of types of foods as nothing is off limits. There is only one rule- do not cook the ferment directly (you don’t want to lose those probiotic benefits!) however it is perfectly fine to eat on top of or with hot food. It’s usually best to serve at the table for people to add to meet their own tastes and preference. Eating with an egg on some rice or to jazz up leftovers is a simple way to try it out – pictured is a Curry Stir-fry on rice with Green Queen Pepper Sauce, Lemon Rosemary Sauerkraut, and Aubergine Spread.

Our Last Delivery for 2016

It's nearly time for our annual end of the year break. We'll be closing for two weeks after next Thursday's delivery (12/22). The Buying Pages will reopen January 6 for delivery on January 12, 2017. So stock up for the holidays this weekend. The producers have an amazing selection of items!

Know Your Farmer Facebook Group
We've heard from many of you and we've heard from our producers as well: you would like to interact more. We've also heard that most of you don't have time for meet and greets. So let's try an ongoing virtual meet and greet!

We've set up a private Facebook group for Fall Line Farms & Local Roots customers and producers only. This is a place to chat about our mutual love of local food -- raising it, cooking it and eating it. Ask questions and share recipes, events and ideas. Join the group and introduce yourself.

Forrest Green Farm - Products and Education for Whole Living

Forrest Green Farm Products Forrest Green Farm

Forrest Green Farm is a small family run farm located in Louisa, Virginia. Rob and Krista have been working the land at Forrest Green Farm for 25 years. They have raised their family in a sustainable way growing their our own food, using herbal wellness support and herbal medicine to keep healthy.

Over the years, the local community asked them to share their way of life and products with them. So they began farming for a living in 2005. That is when the focus began in offering products for what they call Whole Living.

They raise grass-fed beef, pastured chicken eggs & whole chickens, vegetables, and offer a winter CSA. In the spring, they offer over 250 varieties of culinary & medicinal herb plants, heirloom vegetable plants, and flowers. Another specialty of Forrest Green Farm is their registered Polled Miniature Herefords and naturally grown horse hay.

The Rahm family is committed to providing education for you to achieve “Whole Living” by teaching hands-on classes, at the farm, about gardening, cooking, preserving food, nutrition, family friendly herbalism, and pasture raised animals.

Growing, tending, harvesting, and preserving herbs is their passion. The herbs are harvested by hand then the products are made in small batches resulting in an extremely fresh high quality herbal product line. Many of the herbal products are formulated to promote daily wellness, but they also carry products to aid you when you are sick or need first–aid care.

Forrest Green has a variety of herbal products available for gift giving this holiday season. They encourage giving the gift of wellness to loved ones. Check out their newly released limited edition products that make great stocking stuffers and themed gift sets for promoting health and wellness for 2017.

Honey's Homemade Stuff

When Carole Stevens was diagnosed with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) in 2000, she decided to use her education, which had led to her B.S. in Environmental Conservation, to help heal and sooth her cracked skin. Course work in Industrial Hygiene had taught her the hazards of toxic chemicals in the workplace so it wasn’t a broad stretch to transfer that knowledge to make a lotion that was free of parabens, fragrances and other potentially carcinogenic ingredients. Carole, known as “Honey” to her grandchildren, expanded her line of products in response to requests from friends or family.

Even with all of the help from her products, the perfumes in the closed “sick office” environment were too much for Carole and she quit her job on December 31, 2002. She has continued to make her old and new products which she sells through a local health food store, long time clients, and of course Fall Line Farms and Local Roots. Her research led her to becoming a Board Certified Holistic Practitioner and a Nutritional Consultant. Carole is available for speaking engagements, home parties or demonstrations and other educational venues to empower people to take charge of their own health.

You can contact Carole by email at 46honey46@gmail.com or phone at 804-227-2226. She loves to talk about this “stuff” and she’s just waiting for a request to make a new product.

Producer of the week - Serene Suds

Soap making was a natural endeavor when our family began seeking ways to rid our home of toxins, intent on finding a cure for my friends' & children's allergies and eczema. Also, I grew a ton of loofahs in the garden for Winter Solstice and was thinking I needed to learn to make soap to complete the gift! (We aim to grow our soap-making & oil-infusing herbs in our back yard, too!)
All natural and homemade, vegetarian soaps are our passion - and we have added in a Vegan line this past year. We also throw in a few things to support the chore of cleaning with some frugal fun: cotton soap saver bags, bath bombs to detoxify, soften, & relax, and no-sugar, extremely moisturizing lip balms. We have shampoo soaps and guest soaps (great for travel – especially when the airline wants you to limit your liquid personal care products!).
This is a small, kitchen business - a hat smooshed somewhere in between the wildly balanced Mom/wife/nurse hats. (I have to juggle, as I would just look silly wearing them all at once!) I am a frugal artist at heart, mixing in the business part reluctantly - like oil and water. The soap making is my lye ... making an emulsion of artist and entrepreneur. The beauty of nursing is that it encompasses a spectrum (not unlike the humans we love and care for). So soap is just another stop on that stretch of specialties: utilizing chemistry and alchemy to reach and heal skin and souls! The aromatherapy is a bonus!
Staunchly sticking to the natural theme, my soaps highlight the wholesome, subtle, & amazing scents of nature: beeswax, honey, creamy & rich oils, herbs, fruits, clays, flowers, & ... chocolate! All of our packaging is recyclable, reusable, compostable, or a combination thereof!
Life is messy! We aim to clean it up in a natural way! Skin is our largest organ. Make sure the products that touch yours are wholesome goodness.
All our our soaps are small-batched to ensure quality, hand cut, and cured for a minimum of six weeks. Some soaps, like our True Castile, are cured for six months! True Castile is 100% olive oil and oh, so creamy! The longer natural soap cures, the more use you will get out of each bar. Each of my packages comes with an insert on how to extend the life of your natural soap. We are all about being frugal around here!
A peaceful and healthy day to you … Isa @Serene Suds!

New Pick Up location at Stony Point!

Geoff at Bottleworks

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new pick up location at Bottleworks in the Stony Point Shopping Center on Huguenot Road.

Bottleworks is a neighborhood specialty beer store that focuses on craft beer, growlers, and wine. The owners, Barbara White and Geoff Hunt will be serving the Richmond community with a constantly rotating lineup of premium and unique microbrews and fine wines from our convenient location at 3078 Stony Point Road.

Join us at Bottleworks' Friday night tasting, December 9 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

Recipe: Curried Lentil, Squash and Apple Stew

Infused with curry spices and chock-full of wilted spinach, butternut squash and sweet chunks of apple, this unique lentil stew is fragrant and flavorful beyond belief.
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
½ cup dried lentils
2 ½ cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups peeled butternut squash (1/2-inch cubes)
1 large unpeeled apple, diced
5 ounces baby spinach

PREPARATION
In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat, and sauté onion and carrot until almost soft. Add garlic, ginger, curry and salt, and let cook a few more minutes until fragrant.
Stir in lentils, broth and tomato paste. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Add squash and apple, cover and simmer for another 25 minutes, or until vegetables and lentils are tender. Remove lid and stir in spinach until wilted. Add salt to taste and serve.

From the New York Times:
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015382-curried-lentil-squash-and-apple-stew

Producer of the week - 4&20 Bake Shop

We are 4&20 Bake Shop, an artisan bakery specializing in pies of all
varieties and for all occasions. Located in beautiful Goochland County,
Virginia, we use only the freshest seasonal local fruits, berries and
vegetables for our handmade pies, quiches, crisps, and pot pies. We bake in small
batches and we never use preservatives or artificial additives of any kind.
Because we use no preservatives, our pies, quiches and pot pies are delivered frozen and come with heating instructions so that they can be enjoyed whenever desired..
All of our pies, crisps, quiches and pot pies are made by hand. When making each pie filling, the sweetness, acidity and "juiciness" of each fruit type is always important. Our crust is
made with butter only and hand-crimped. Then the pies are baked and carefully monitored to ensure even browning and that the filling is cooked to perfection.
We are always especially busy during the holidays baking all the traditional pies enjoyed during these times. Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Pecan, Chocolate-Bourbon-Pecan and Apple in 9” sizes. are all available for your special celebrations. Bake-at-Home large fruit pies are also new product ideas that will allow you to produce a freshly baked pie in your very own kitchen!
I especially enjoy discovering new pie, quiche and pot pie recipes and introducing them to you for your pleasure. This is one of the most exciting aspects of being a baker.
I would like to thank you all for your continued support. It has been a pleasure to bake especially for you at Thanksgiving and always!
Enza McCauley, Artisan Baker. enza@420bakeshop.com