Polyface, food, and gatherings

There's a reason that people come from far and wide to visit our nearby county neighbor Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. It's not just that he's the world's most famous farmer. It what he actually does with the farm — his methods, priorities, and results — that inspire pilgrimages to see what it's all about. 

And lots of those visitors stay right here with us, so we get to see that inspiration first hand on the faces of our delighted guests. (And of course, we can get Joel's farm products easily ourselves, which is no small bonus to living and working right here in the Shenandoah Valley.)

If you want to visit Polyface Farms for either a tour or to shop at the Farm Store, here are a couple of tidbits to help with your planning:

  • Store Hours: 9am— Noon, M-F;  9am. – 4pm Sat. By appointment M—F afternoons, call to schedule.
  • Winter Hours: Dec. 15-Feb. 29 – The Farm Store will only open Sat. 9am-4pm.
  • Holiday Hours: Farm store closed Friday after Thanksgiving and Saturdays after Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Farm Tour information is found here.


Foodie Staunton

Polyface meats are also available at some of our local vendors, like Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery just down the block from us. If you can't make it out to Polyface, then fill your cooler at Cranberry's and take some pastured-raised meat and eggs back home with you. 

And one local foodie restaurant regularly sources from Polyface. That's Zynodoa, with their "inspired Southern cuisine." Again, they're just down the block from us. Rough life we have here, huh?

Celebrating food together

In addition to all the wonders and joys of simply preparing and eating wonderful foods grown locally, there's also a lot of interest among farmers and food advocates to address food policies at the local, state, and federal level. 

This coming weekend the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is hosting their 2014 Food Freedom Fest right here in Staunton, with Joel Salatin as the keynote speaker.

Billed as, "...a fun, educational gathering for anyone who celebrates and appreciates freedom of choice in agriculture, " the two-day event also features Kimberly Hartke of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sarah Pope — aka "The Healthy Home Economist" — and our own Staunton City Councilman Erik Curren who began our local Food Policy Council. This is among several other speakers of food policy, law, homestreading, food education, and farming. 

In addition to conference talks, networking, and breakout sessions, the event promises delicious meals, a Friday night Street Fair in downtown Staunton, and a visit to Polyface. Best of all — there's still time to register for the event and get more involved with food from farm to fork!

We hope to see you here in Staunton this coming weekend for Food Freedom Fest or just because you're visiting our beautiful farm country!

— Joe and Evy (rhymes with heavy) Harman, Proprietors, Frederick House