Best blueberry picking in Loudoun County

July 10th is National Pick Blueberries Day and we think it's only fitting that we share a little secret with you. Ready? Put your ear close to your screen ... the best blueberry picking in Loudoun County, Virginia is ... pick blueberries day

 

Eagletree Blueberry Farm !!!!!

Eagletree Blueberry Farm is owned by a local Lucketts family and has row upon row of beautiful blueberry bushes. Once you've parked your car, grab a bucket and get to picking! Eagletree Blueberry Farm is -- hands down --- the best blueberry picking opportunity in Loudoun County!

 

Their blueberries are so scrumptious that even the July 2016 tasting menu for Fabbioli Cellars is featuring their ripe and tasty blueberries!

Fabbioli Cellars Eagletree Blueberries

 

Open 10-5pm daily until the blueberries are gone ...

15126 Harrison Hill Ln, Leesburg (Lucketts)

 

Farmers Market in Lucketts

Each spring, locals in Lucketts rejoice and delight as the season begins for Farmers Markets in Lucketts! Recently opened, the multiple farmers markets in the Lucketts area offer bountiful and diverse offerings.

Farmers Market Lucketts
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No matter what you’re in the “market” for, the Farmers Markets in Lucketts have you covered!

Farmers Markets in Lucketts

Brossman's Farm Stand

14740 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg VA
(703) 777-4432
Hours: 9AM-7PM
Brossman’s is a family-owned farm located on Route 15 outside Leesburg, Virginia. Open for business since 2005, the farm stand continues to expand and increase their offerings. From produce to garden plants, ice cream, fresh eggs and more, Brossman's also offers Jules' BBQ on the weekends, Christmas trees in the winter and more!

Farmer Johns

15520 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 771-8982
Hours: 8AM - 8:30PM
At Farmer John's, daily picking ensures that you are purchasing the very freshest produce available. Famous for their sweet corn, tree ripened peaches, vine ripened tomatoes and Sugar Baby watermelons - but don't miss their hot peppers and delicious pies!

Loudounberry Farm & Garden

14917 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 772-8104
Hours: 9AM - 6PM
At Brossman's, another true family-run farm, you'll find locally sourced goodness (jams, artisans items (soaps, hand turned spoons and candles), potato chips, honey and more) as well as fresh quail eggs, milk, garden supplies, fresh flowers and more!

Perhaps you’re also “in the market” for a new home! This gorgeous Sunnyside farm is located at 13717 James Monroe Hwy in Lucketts (Leesburg) is just around the corner from all of the Farmers Market locations in Lucketts! Sunnyside Farm — once featured as the Washington Post Home of the Week — has 25 acres overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain and combines the best of history with modern upgrades. With five bedrooms and three baths, the 4,700-square-foot home has a traditional fenced back yard, lush gardens, a lovely patio and wood porches. The completely renovated kitchen features granite countertops, upgraded appliances, and a custom made heart pine island with seating. The Family Room was originally a log cabin, and its working fireplace and custom designed bookcases make it a warm and welcoming space. Highlights of the property include a 1850s bank barn with water and electric, detached garage (water, electric and work area), historic blacksmith shop, 3 stall run-in shed with a tack room, a carriage shed, and a chicken house.

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For more information about this amazing 5 bedroom, 3 bath farmhouse and 25 acre property just North of Leesburg in Lucketts, learn more about its offerings on the property website for 13717 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg VA or call/text Naomi Hattaway at 571-482-7356.

Farmers Market in Reston

Each spring, locals in Reston rejoice and delight as the Farmers Market season begins! Just opened on May 7, 2016, the bountiful and diverse offerings at the Farmers Market in Reston are available to you Saturdays, now through November 12th from 8am until noon (closed September 24, 2016 for the Multicultural Festival). The Farmers Market in Reston has been operating for nearly 20 years, with humble beginnings when the Friends of T.O.M.A.T.O. (The Organic Market At Tall Oaks) approached the Reston Association asking for assistance in creating the Farmers Market and the rest is history! Farmers Market - Reston

No matter what you're in the "market" for, the Farmers Market in Reston has you covered!

Meat & Seafood:  Arnest Seafood, Valentine's Country Bakery and Meat, Breezy Meadow Farms, Ole Pioneer's Kitchen, Smith Family Farm,

Produce: 78 Acres, Glascock's Produce, Hutt Produce, J & W Valley View Farm, Jerry's Gourmet Berries, Ladybug Mountain Farm, Mt. Olympus Farm, Penn Farm, Potomac Vegetable Farm, Spring Valley Farm and Orchard, The Farm at Sunnyside, Toigo Orchards

Dairy & Cheese: Blue Ridge Dairy, Cherry Glen Goat Cheese, Misty Meadow Farm Creamery,

Bakery & Sweets: A Bit More - sweets & specialties, Baguette Republic,  Grace's Fine Pastries

Honey, Popcorn and More  : Bees 'n Blossoms, Cavanna Pasta, Colonial Kettle Corn, Fresh Crunch Pickles,  Reid's Orchard & Winery,

Ready Made: Kiwi Kuisine,

Lake Anne Village Center
11404 Washington Plaza W
Reston, VA 20190

Perhaps you're also "in the market" for a new home! This private townhome is located at 1500 Deer Point Way, and is just around the corner from the Farmers Market in Reston! With a treehouse like seclusion, yet close enough to all amenities you'd ever need, the home is perfectly situated in an amazing community with a "welcome home" feel that you won't believe.

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For more information about this amazing 2 bedroom, 3.5 bath oasis in Reston, learn more about its offerings on the property website for 1500 Deer Point Way, Reston VA or call/text Naomi Hattaway at 571-482-7356.

Hope Flower Farm Barn Dance

Spring has arrived in Loudoun County again, with blooming flowers and trees almost as abundant as the historical homes and farms that dot the countryside. Hope Flower Farm 8th & Home Real Estate

 

Helping to showcase Loudoun’s rich heritage is Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, which is hosting two cultural traditions in one single event– a May Day Barn Dance on Sunday, May 1.

May Day has its origins in both the ancient European cultures and the Roman Empire, celebrating the arrival of summer and the blossoming of flowers.  It continued into modern times as a popular secular celebration and made its way to North America during colonial times.

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A good old-fashioned barn dance, or square dance, also has its roots in European tradition, specifically the British Isles, where it was a common community-oriented event featuring easy group dances that all ages could participate in, dancing to folk music such as Irish and Scottish jigs and reels, the musical ancestors of Bluegrass and modern country music.

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Hope Farm’s May Day Barn Dance will run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Sunday, May 1, featuring a traditional May Pole and a quick tutorial on “How to Square Dance” before the Barn Dance Boogie officially gets started to the music of Catoctin County String Band.  Admission is $10 per person, or $30 for families of four or more.

Hope Flower Farm near the historic village of Waterford is a floral and event design “retreat” that is frequently open to the public.  Their website describes Hope as “a playground for floral design and teaching. . . a relaxing, educational environment for designers and non-designers alike. . . (with) farm-to-table dinners, styled shoots and workshops, Hope will be a Loudoun County destination for all creatives.”

May 1. 2016

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5-6:00 pm - Social/Learn to Square Dance

6-8:00 pm - Boogie Down

Hope Flower Farm

40905 Stumptown Road, Waterford VA

For more information, including Hope Farm’s location, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.hopeflowerfarm.com

Hope Farm Holiday Festival

Holiday Festival Hope Farm  

Hope Farm was purchased by Holly and Evan Chapple, long time Loudoun County residents, just this summer, and they have put a massive amount of love, effort and energy into preparing it for the public. This weekend is the time we've all been waiting for! Visit the manor house (built in the 1820s!), stone carriage house and the main barn during the amazing Holiday Festival December 5th & 6th, 2015!

Hope Farm Holiday Festival 2015

On display will be will be kissing balls, garlands, wreaths, centerpieces, mantle pieces, candles, lotion, ornaments and fabulous vendors. The lights have been hung and a massive 14 foot tree will be on display as well! 

Hope Farm will be joined by Fabbioli Cellars, Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery, K and S Pewter, Savoir Fare food truck, Jumbo Bottom Barrel furniture, jewelry and so much more.

Located just a few miles from where Holly resides in Lucketts with her family, Hope Farm is steeped in history and was once a working dairy farm. With a desire to expand her business, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Holly set on a course to find the perfect property for her new venture, with a mind towards creating a business to provide education, teaching and mentoring to fellow floral designers. Her dreams do not stop there, however and she envisions Hope Farm as being a sought after location for retreats, well known for their seasonal festivals as well as becoming a recognized destination for the creatives in Loudoun County to increase their impact and opportunities with workshops, shoots, farm-to-table dinners and more.

Hope Farm also provides flower therapy classes to the greater community and in honor of Holly's seven children, 7% of all proceeds from those classes are used to offer scholarship classes for seniors and troubled youth.

 

Bridle Paths Northern Virginia Equine Therapy

Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home We are excited to feature local events, business, artisans and products in the Northern Virginia area over the coming months! This post continues the series highlighting Lucketts, Virginia! We look forward to sharing more about the communities, neighborhoods and offerings in each corner of Northern Virginia.

Introducing Katie Fallon and Bridle Paths!

Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia

What is the story behind Bridle Paths and how did it come to be?

The Bridle Paths program is a nonprofit organization that offers strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We offer a unique combination of mounted and unmounted programs, including both therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted psychotherapy. The program provides a safe and supportive environment in which clients can be honest and authentic, think clearly about their challenges, and achieve growth, learning, and healing.

 

The Bridle Paths staff works with both individuals and families, and has particular expertise in working with those coping with experiences of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Although she had worked with horses for many years, Bridle Paths President Katie Fallon did not become involved formally in equine-assisted activities until her daughter was diagnosed in infancy with hydrocephalus and a Chiari I malformation and began participating in therapeutic riding activities. She swelled with powerful emotion as she watched her daughter achieve physical and cognitive milestones that initially seemed out of reach for her, and was struck by the incredible motivation and connection that the horses offered to her.

 

For that reason, Katie achieved certifications in both therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted psychotherapy, and founded the Bridle Paths program to integrate the physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of working with horses. Katie notes that working with horses requires her to be her best and most authentic self, and she believes strongly in the efficacy of this work in helping others to discover those strengths for themselves as well.

 

Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia

 

If the sky was the limit with your business, what do you envision happening?

The Bridle Paths program seeks to provide a setting in which clients are defined not by their disabilities, experiences, or diagnoses, but rather by their abilities and possibilities, in partnership with horses. In an ideal world, we would be able to offer equine-assisted activities and therapies at little to no cost to those in need in our community. In many cases, those who stand to benefit the most from these services are those who are least able to pay for them; making these services available at a greatly reduced cost would be a huge benefit for many families. For example, we would love to serve adoptive and foster families and children who have experienced abuse and neglect through the Loudoun County Department of Family Services. We also seek to partner with local governmental, community, and nonprofit organizations to serve youth and adult survivors of sex trafficking. Additionally, we would like to expand our riding, psychotherapy, and camp services to serve the large and growing population of military families in the Northern Virginia area.

Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia

 

Are there any goals that are intimidating for you?

Financing these goals is a daunting challenge. Keeping horses is an expensive proposition under the best of circumstances, and many of our program horses have come to Bridle Paths from other careers and require specialized care to remain healthy and sound in service to our clients. We recognize that our clients frequently juggle multiple therapies and treatments, and for that reason we strive to keep our program fees as low as possible. At present, program fees cover less than 50 percent of the total costs of program operations. Community support is vital to help cover the costs of maintaining our herd and offering innovative and effective programs to our clients.

 

What is your FAVORITE way to spend a weekend morning?

Every weekend morning, you’ll find Katie at the Bridle Paths facility, teaching lessons, running psychotherapy sessions, training volunteers, and caring for the horses. It’s her favorite place to be, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

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What is your go to place in the Leesburg / Lucketts area to visit, tell others about?

Katie’s go-to place in the Lucketts area is, of course, the Bridle Paths facility, located at Pat and Bob Meurer’s glorious Stone-Horse Farm. There’s little that compares to the promise of a sunrise over verdant fields, or to the peaceful sound of horses munching evening hay in their stalls. When she’s not at the farm, Katie and her family love sampling the ice cream at Brossman’s and enjoying the bounty of produce at local farmers’ markets. We look forward to the opening of the Little Rock Tea House at the corner of Spinks Ferry Road and Route 15 in the near future!

 

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What are your favorite ways to give back to others - whether in your community or on a larger scale?

At Bridle Paths, we seek to give back to the families in our community each day. We strive to provide a safe and supportive setting where clients and families can do their best thinking about challenges, enjoy honest and nonjudgmental experiences, learn new skills, and reconnect and relate in new and improved ways. Without question, however, we get much more than we give; the families are endless sources of inspiration and hope for us, and we hope to provide these services for many years to come.

 

Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia

 

Contact 571.216.9089 bridlepaths@gmail.com

Facility Address Stone Horse Farm 43247 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg, VA 20176

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Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm

 

“Hey, Naomi? It’s Patricia from Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm. I’m going to pick up 175 peeps (baby chicks) this morning, do you want to bring your daughter over to see them?”

Would we ever! My daughter and I spent nearly two hours that morning with Patricia, her own daughter and sister Laura – watching and holding the baby peeps, visiting and even received a fun introduction to Bullwinkle, their resident bull calf.

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Patricia Glaeser and her husband Carl have successfully married Carl’s knowledge of sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry with Patricia’s culinary expertise and created a thing of beauty at Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm. But what does that actually mean? On their 26 acre working farm, they raise Jersey dairy cows and pasture heritage pork as well as GMO-free eggs .  In the market for grass-fed beef? Look no further as they also sell Loudoun County Angus beef from Oakland Green Farm in Lincoln, VA.

 

Lucketts Bed and Breakfast B&B

Patricia is a classically trained New York chef and is amazing to watch in action. Not only does she manage the farm, herd and milk the cows, assist with birthing and breeding, and all other aspects of running a farm, she also teaches cooking classes featuring locally grown ingredients and wines (they also sell the Big Green Egg line of charcoal grills/smokers). If you think that’s enough to keep her busy, add on the management of the cozy B&B (they also provide catering, host weddings and events, providing a distinctive Loudoun flavor).

They invite you to come have a cup of amazing Kona coffee in their store (which is wi-fi ready and a great place to co-work), milk a cow, pick up eggs, relax by the pond or learn how easy it is to inject amazing locally grown food into your family’s meal rotation! Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm is run in such a manner that it feels that you ARE indeed part of the family.

As Patricia says, “it's all about finding your own happy” and it feels, that the Glaeser family is well on their way to finding it for themselves.

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For more information about open hours, or to read about the rich history of the Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm, the ice house and the old slave quarters, visit their website.

 

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