Fermentation, Funding and Brain Dumping

Farmstead Ferments staff member
Chelsea Wakstein will lead our
Learn to Become a Fermentation Artist 

You still have time to sign up for our Intermediate Soft Cheese Maker class on Monday, March 2nd. We also just added a new fermentation class!  Join us on Thursday, March 26th for our Learn to Become a Fermentation Artist workshop. Space is limited for these classes, so sign up fast!  Click HERE to register. Got an idea for a food product that you'd like to take to market, but don't know where to start? Or - maybe you'd like to teach a class in the kitchen! Give us a call...we can help turn your dreams into reality!  If you are interested in renting the kitchen facility by the hour, visit the Cook 'N Nook website or our Facebook page for details, or email the Kitchen Manager.
Camp C.H.E.F. at the Cook 'N Nook, with Edible Education

Camp C.H.E.F. @ the Cook 'N Nook - "Down on the Farm"!  The chefs at Edible Education are excited to create nutritious, tasty food with produce harvested right in Goochland County. Suitable for ages 6-14.  $225.  Space is limited, so sign up soon!
Session 1:  Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 9:00am-12:30pm.  Click to register.
Session 2:  Monday, Aug.3-Friday, Aug. 7, 9:00am-12:30pm.  Click to register.

Take a moment to reflect on what our farmers market means to you.  Do you enjoy fresh local food?  Are you a fan of our great musicians and special events? Have your children or grandchildren taken advantage of our free weekly kid's activities?  Did you like our Discover You Can food preservation programs last year and our chef's demos? What if all of this just disappeared?  PLEASE DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN!  We need your donations to help us keep these great programs going! We operate with no county, state or federal funding and rely solely on vendors fees, sponsorships and fundraising efforts to pay for operations, staffing and to keep these great programs going!  Please be generous!  We're counting on you!

Hug the Despot and
Awaken the Despot
Variant Releases will
also be available in 
limited quantities
Big Release Coming on March 7th!  Have you read the reviews?  In the June 2014 edition of Beer Advocate, the Bros rated the Enlightened Despot a 94 saying, “The beer geeks love their Imperial Stouts, and a small handful garner enough hype to draw massive crowds around their release. This one is just as deserving as the next. A sweet malt bomb with roasted grain and alcohol is not all that is going on here; there’s also layers of chocolate and coffee met by alcohol warmth. Something to savor.” Their last Despot Day release in 2014 drew over 3,000 people, so make sure to come early to claim yours!  Limit one case per customer. Saturday, March 7th, 12 pm - 7 pm Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Dr. Goochland, VA 23063.  Live Music by Barrelhouse and Vexine, Free Kids Activities and Food Trucks.  For more information, visit Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery's webpage or Facebook event page.
Manakin Market is located at 68 Broad Street Road in Manakin Sabot, VA
No Maverick Market
this week!

SATURDAY MARKET Brrrrr...too cold!  Our regular Saturday market is on winter sojourn right now.  Make sure to check back weekly for Maverick Market updates! FOR FULL DETAILS ABOUT OUR FARMERS MARKET, PLEASE VISIT OUR MARKET PAGE!

RVAgriculture, Inc. is the Non-Profit "wing" of ChiknEGG Productions!  Grow * Create * Market * Cultivate
Grow * Create *
Market * Cultivate
We are adding additional staff this year!  Courtney Guido will be joining us at the market this season to help as Market Coordinator and will be in our Manager-In-Training program.  Courtney is a familiar face at the market, along with her husband Brian "Cricket" Rakita, and is a long-time sustainable agriculture farmer and farming enthusiast.  She will be assisting Lisa with vendor recruitment, program coordination and will be manning the RVAg, Inc. booth at the market with last year's assistant, Erin Matthews, when Lisa isn't there.  RVAgriculture, Inc., the new non-profit "wing" of ChiknEGG Productions, LLC, has taken over management of My Manakin Market, effective immediately.

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Lisa Dearden, Owner/Manager of ChiknEGG Productions, LLC
Lisa and "Cupcake"
10 more weeks until Market Season starts again!  Can you believe it?  Many, many things to accomplish before we kick-off the season.  Where does the time go?  I'm very excited that I'll have a Manager-in-Training this year.  Courtney is extremely passionate and I'm sure she'll be a tremendous asset to our market.  Wish I could do a brain dump!

Our Go Fund Me Campaign to Make Manakin Market Happen kicked off this week.  We have already received many generous donations.  Thank you to all who have contributed so far!  Please read the story on the site and help us make it go viral!

I'm happy to be working with a dynamic group of farmers market managers in Central Virginia who are working under the guise of our newly formed Virginia Farmers Market Manager Association.  We are meeting monthly at FeedMore with the Capital Region Food Collaborative, and have really made a lot of headway towards funding a collaborative advertising effort. I'm looking forward to seeing the great ideas come to fruition in the form of widespread outreach to bring in both new and returning customers to Central Virginia's many fine farmers markets, including ours.  So great to be able to meet with my fellow market managers to share and learn from each other!

Scan this QR Code to find info about
 ChiknEGG's My Manakin Market!

See you at the market, or in the kitchen! Lisa Dearden ChiknEGG Owner/Market Manager

RVAg's FARMERS MARKET is brought to you in part by:

Season Sponsors:
The Experts in Rural Finance
Our Big Green Egg Sponsor:
Outdoor Kitchen Creations

Club Sprouts Sponsors:
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpotWe're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activities at RVAgriculture's farmers market.
Please sign up for Manakin Market - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click on the above link or this link to go to our invitation page.
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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