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Christmas on the Farm

If you are thinking about your resolution to Buy Fresh, Buy Local for this coming holiday season, I highly recommend that you participate in Christmas on the Farm.

Christmas on the Farm
Archwood Green Barns
1st two weekends in December
December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. all four days
(Snow Dates - December 20th & 21st)
Intersection of I-66 (exit 31) & Rt. 245
The Plains, Virginia

Local farmers, crafters and artisans will be offering a wide selection of locally grown and hand-crafted products at the Eighth Annual Archwood Green Barns "Christmas on the Farm" show and sale. The Barns will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the first two weekends in December, something new for this year. Vendors will be available both Saturday and Sunday, the 6th & 7th, as well as the 13th & 14th. As usual, we will have snow dates in place, December 20th & 21st, in case of inclement weather. Many of your favorite, weekly vendors will be with us, as well as several new vendors with exciting gift ideas for the Christmas season. Hometown Gardens, Lawns and Landscapes will be offering fresh-cut, premium Fraser Firs each Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. Wreaths and roping will also be available at the Barns for all your holiday decorating. Hot drinks, cold desserts, chili, tamales, hot dogs, and much more will be available for lunch, as well as many samples of the products for sale in the barn. For the first time, we will have 2 barns full of vendors to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. A live nativity, pony rides, carriage rides, a petting farm and much more will be available. Additional events are being planned, and more vendors are making arrangements, so please call for further details.

"Visit with Santa"
12 noon - 2 p.m. on both Sundays
Tired of the rush at the mall? Kids too tired to wait in line for a few moments with Santa? Avoid the confusion and spend quality time with the family while you visit with the jolly old elf! Bring your camera for all your holiday pictures. Take a family portrait in front of the evergreen trees, pose with the Alpacas from Hidden Views Farm, or capture the magic of secrets whispered to Santa. The perfect picture awaits you at the Barns.

Live Nativity
In the garden both weekends
Have you ever wondered what it looked like in the manger as Jesus was born? Bring the children to see the live nativity, visit with Mary and Joseph, and pet the animals that helped welcome the baby into the world on the first Christmas morning.

Join us and share the Holiday Spirit with the following farms and businesses:

Hometown Gardens, Lawns & Landscapes
Manassas, Virginia
Returning this year, Hometown Gardens, Lawns and Landscapes is a refreshing change in the American landscape owned and operated by women! Premium fresh-cut Fraser Firs ranging from 5' to 12' will be offered. Gift certificates for landscaping and lawn maintenance programs will be available, and are a fabulous gift idea!

Hidden Views Farm
Nokesville, Virginia
Looking for the perfect gift for the holidays? Homemade alpaca garments, yarn, hand-carded fiber and felted alpaca treasures made from Hidden Views Farm Alpacas will warm the heart of anyone on your holiday list! Come meet the alpacas that provide these luxurious items - weather permitting. Hidden Views Farm will also be providing baked goods using the farm's fresh eggs, including homemade egg noodles, variety of pies and Christmas cookies. Pick up an ultra warm alpaca garment for the holidays, and be sure to pick up a hot, homemade lunch before you leave! Please visit www.hvfarmalpacas.com for more information about the farm.

The Orchid Station
Barboursville, Virginia
This family-owned and operated business supplies all your orchid needs, including blooming orchid plants, ceramic pots and planting medium. Bring in your holiday gift list and take home the perfect gift for family, friends and co-workers. This is one gift that will be appreciated for many years to come!

Tasty Fixin's
Spotsylvania, Virginia
Come in and try canned foods with a kick! Hot pepper jellies, pickled watermelon rinds, garlic jelly and wine jellies are just a small sampling of the culinary delights that await you at Tasty Fixin's! Beautiful poinsettias, fresh herbs, Norfolk Pines, Christmas decorations and more will also be available.

Midtrees Farm
Bealton, Virginia
Order your favorite cut of beef for a warm winter's dinner. What could be better than a savory beef stew to take the chill out of a long night? Maybe a tender pot roast with carrots and potatoes. Or pick up steaks for New Year's Eve, whatever your pleasure! Don't forget to stop and pick up oysters for stuffing that will turn heads! Fresh oysters from Virginia will be offered to complement the farm's beef. And if you're looking for large orders, call ahead!

Dromore Designs & Celtic Rootes
Charlottesville, Virginia
A wide variety of exotic items await you on the McGregor's table. Hand-made jewelry, crafted from semi-precious and native stones will be available. Most of the stones are cut and polished by hand, and many are native stones of Virginia. If jewelry isn't your thing, peruse the hand made knives by Malcolm. The handles are made from exotic woods that are high density and resistant to water. Most of the woods are from the Everglades, but you will also find woods from Brazil, and Ebony from Africa. The blades are high carbon steel from antique tools and swords. Everything offered is a unique art form, as well as utilitarian and functional.

LynnVale Studios

Gainesville, Virginia
A local, cut-flower grower will be returning this year with wonderful decorations for the holiday season. Andrea will be supplying you with hand-made, locally grown, artisan wreaths and swags for all your holiday decorating. Pick up potted Paper-whites and Amaryllis for a living centerpiece. Beautiful bows adorn the wreaths and can be made to order for your perfect holiday decoration. Visit www.LynnVale.com for more information, and to preview her wonderful products.

The CheeseCake Garden
Dumfries, Virginia
Gourmet assorted cheesecakes will be available to tempt your sweet-tooth. Sweets of all kinds will be available for take home, or special order that perfect combination for your holiday entertaining. Chocolate dipped confections will tease your palette, or take home a tray of candies, cookies or brownies! Gift baskets are available, so come find a "dessert for every occasion."

Rogers Ford Winery
Sumerduck, Virginia
What better way to spend the holidays than with friends and family? Plan an informal get together, and make it special with local wines from this family owned winery. Come meet Carlotta and find the perfect wine to complement your dinner or dessert. Taste-testing will be available, to be sure that you find something to please every palette!

Usbourne Books (December 13 & 14)

Haymarket, Virginia
Give the gift of reading this year, it will last a lifetime! Usborne Books are the leading children’s educational publisher in the United States. From fairy tales to modern science, Usborne Books engages all ages and all types of learners. To see all 1300 award-winning titles, Internet-linked reference books, games and interactive kits please visit www.UsborneEducates.com . Usborne Books are the books kids love to read!

Tanglewood Farm
Delaplane, Virginia
It's time to shop for the four legged family members on your list! Hand-baked, all natural dog treats are just the beginning! Horse treats, catnip pillows and much more await the animal enthusiast at this farm's display. And when you are all through playing with your favorite family members, be sure to take home some sweet smelling soap for yourself. Many wonderful combinations and scents will be available for a little personal TLC!

Salsa Las Glorias
The Plains, Virginia
Enjoy the home-made, authentic Mexican food lovingly prepared by Lilly. You can't beat a hot lunch of chile rellenos, fried beans, tamales or salsa. Take home a bag of fresh chips with tasty salsa for your dinner party, and tres leches for dessert. Your taste buds will thank you!

Beading the Way
Haymarket, Virginia
Uniquely designed, hand made, beaded jewelry. Composed of Swarovski Crystal, Onyx, Pearls, Lampwork, Czech Glass, Bohemian Glass, Coral, Jade, Jasper, Catseye, Bali Silver, Sterling Silver, Vermiel, and more from all over the world. These unique hand-designed pieces make a wonderful gift to any jewelry lover. You're sure to find a style that will meet the desire of any recipient.

Grandma Honey's Pantry
Midland, Virginia
A brief description of this farm's products would be totally unrealistic! Evergreen wreaths, swags and roping with beautiful florist bows will be available to decorate your home. Fresh milk, home-made butter, free-range eggs, goat cheese and fall vegetables are just the beginning. Home canned vegies like Grandmother used to make, sweet jellies, fudge and candy, and baked goods will be available as singles or put together in beautiful gift boxes. Cookie boxes filled with various festive Christmas treats will also be available for the first time. Come browse the selection and pick out a delicious gift sure to please even the hardest to buy for person on your list. Find everything you need to make your families Christmas wishes come true! Special orders are always welcome!

Sugar Free Treats

Triangle, Virginia
Don't let dietary restrictions put a damper on your holiday. You won't believe the taste sensations that await you in this stall. Jessica is cooking up a storm, to help make the holidays fun and tasteful for everyone! Be sure to stop for a taste, and I'll guarantee that you will walk away with a package to go home!

Heaven Scent Farm
Gainesville, Virginia
Children of all ages will delight in the barnyard buddies available to pet, hug or just have a look at. Grab your boots and spurs, and hang onto your hat for a ride on a real cow pony! Or even better, stop and sit a spell in a festive antique carriage. A miniature donkey, goat, piglets, chickens and calves are some of the fun, furry and feathered friends available for your educational enjoyment. Did you know chickens lay an average of 250 eggs per year? Donkeys are better than guard dogs to protect your flock? Come find out this and more for yourself!

The Silver Grouper
Barboursville, Virginia
It's hard to describe the work of this artist. Lucite carvings complement the table. Jewelry made of semi-precious stones, in golds and silvers will tantalize the eye. Paintings of country scenes will set a wonderful backdrop for browsing the wide selection of items for sale. Come by and shop for a truly unique gift that will please everyone on your holiday list.

Gypsy Hill
Vienna, Virginia
Expecting a houseful this holiday? What better way to satisfy everyone than with a host of appetizers sure to please the pickiest partier! Come find everything you need for your party, from cooking spices to quick holiday appetizers. Sample the varieties, and take home a taste treat for your friends and family.

Emma's Emporium

Gore, Virginia
It's hard to know where to start with this display! Come browse the decorative wreaths and hand made treasures. You're holiday won't be complete until you pick up something wonderful from Emma's Emporium!

Today's Treasures, Tomorrow's Heirlooms
Falls Church, Virginia
Who has time to design the perfect ornaments? Stop looking for a pattern and come pick up exactly what you are looking for. Beaded cross-stitch ornaments of all kinds await the shopper at this table. You will find something truly special to give or collect, so be sure to stop by for a long look!

Dakota's Loot
Upperville, Virginia
Too busy to make your holiday gifts this year? Come visit with someone who isn't! Brenda will amaze you with hand-painted ornaments, beautiful arrangements, wreaths and more. Come shopping for the family, and be sure to pick up the perfect arrangement for your own holiday decorating.

K's Corner Crafts
Warrenton, Virginia
New vendors this year, Kathryn and Pauline will be bringing their best to help satisfy your Christmas List this holiday season. Browse the ornaments, scarves and more to see what catches your eye as the perfect gift for mom or aunt, but be sure to pick up something for yourself while you're there! Many wonderful things will be available to choose from!

Karri's Addictions
Triangle, Virginia
Yummy! That's the only word to describe the bounty available in this stall. Savory cheesecakes make a perfect appetizer. Turtle cheesecakes, white chocolate Macadamia nut cheesecake, and many other delicious items will be offered both by the slice, and as beautiful desserts fit to grace any holiday table. Sample the first weekend, and put your order in for the second!

Astrid's Quilts
Marshall, Virginia
"Hand-made" takes on new meaning at this vendor's table. Quilts, stockings and tree-skirts, in bright, vivid colors and patterns will make a bold statement in your holiday decorating! Come see what Astrid has been making for the holidays, and find the perfect accessory for all year long!

Bit O' Nothin'
Barboursville, Virginia
Re-decorating your home? Come pick out the perfect painting to grace the walls of your home. Lucy will be bringing out her best work to help bring the country into your home. And if you've spent too much time working on the home, take a break and take a walk! Start with one of the many walking sticks that are hand-carved and waiting to inspire the athlete in us all.

Betty's Bears
Manassas Park, Virginia
Everyone needs a friend, someone to confess our secrets to. What better choice than a hand-made teddy bear? Unique faces and outfits make Betty's bears the perfect gift for children of all ages. Come find a friend for the little ones on your list, and watch the smiles of delight that will await you on Christmas morning.

Maggie's Pottery (December 14)
North Garden, Virginia
Returning for the first time this year, Maggie will be available for only one day this holiday season! Be sure to come and shop for the best way to display all of the wonderful treats you will be picking up to eat. Platters, bowls, condiment trays and more will be hand-craft, painted and glazed to help each holiday hostess serve their guests in style. Be prepared to be told how wonderful your table looks when you have Maggie's Pottery on display!

Herban Avenues (December 13 & 14)
Lovettsville, Virginia
In the crazy rush of the season, take some time to pamper yourself with a stop at this family business. While everyone is shopping for friends and family, take a little time to sample the herbal products available in this stall! Find the perfect soaps and lotions to soften your skin, lip balms for cold weather, and herbal teas to soothe the mind. You'll be glad you came by!

The Glass Turtle (December 14)
North Garden, Virginia
Dressing up for a holiday party? Find the perfect accessories designed by Debra. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more will dazzle the eye and please the pickiest person on your list. Glittering colors and patterns will help complete every outfit. One day will not be enough to decide which pieces will be perfect for you!

Carol Offutt
Centreville, Virginia
Do you have many ladies on your list? Eye pleasing jewelry will be at the center of this table. Come pick out the perfect pair of earrings to please your family, hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. Many styles and colors will be available to choose from!

More vendors are being added daily, so be sure to put us on the calendar! Come the first weekend to see what we have, and bring your friends back the second to show off where you've gotten your wonderful holiday gifts. We hope to see you at the barns!

Email questions to: ArchwoodGreenBarns@juno.com

Note that I will be at the St. Nicholas Day event in Markham (Leeds Parish Church) on Saturday the 6th, so you should plan to visit there too!!

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