This holiday season, give the gift of good food and products while supporting local farmers. These are gifts with real people and stories behind them. By supporting them, you know you’re helping family farmers and local businesses thrive. Here are some ideas for distinctive stocking stuffers and host gifts, as well as fixings for creating a delicious holiday feast:
Bees Knees Farm
Located in King William, Bees Knees Farm produces pasture-raised pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, and goats.
Charity Hill Farm
Charity Hill Farms specializes in providing the local community with grass fed beef, finished on a complete diet for optimal animal health and beef quality. Our product is USDA inspected and BQA certified (Beef Quality Assurance).
Located in Louisa County, Dragonfly Farms specializes in providing grassfed beef and lamb in individual cuts and bulk orders. Dragonfly also sells at the Ashland Meat Company, Ashland Farmers Market and at a few retail locations.
Dr. Melinda, Author
Raised on a dairy farm in Southwest Virginia before becoming a veterinarian and author, Dr. Melinda incorporates her misadventures as a veterinarian and her experience with funny animal antics into her stories. Visit her website to purchase her books or find out where her next book signing will be.
Located in Hanover County, Farmview Creamy is a farmer-owned mobile unit selling fresh, farm-made ice cream as well as flavored milk. The creamery is operated by the Stanley family who are fifth generation dairy farmers. Visit their website to find the creamery trailer schedule, book a farm tour or schedule the trailer for an event.
Operated since 1949 by the Hardesty family, Harvue Farms milks 350 registered Holsteins and farms 650 acres of land. Harvue is dedicated to our animals and this is reflected in their high quality milk that has created high quality cheese.
At Heartswell Gardens, you can find unique holiday cards and gifts featuring the original artwork of a veterinarian in Chesapeake. If caroling guinea pigs, snowy ponies and chilly alpacas aren't your thing, let her create a custom piece of your favorite animal.
Hidden Hill Farm
Located in Beaverdam, Hidden Hill Farm is a small, family-owned and -operated farm selling goats milk soap and other farm fresh products.
Naked Goat Soap Company
Located in Mechanicsville, the Naked Goat Soap Company produces skincare products with their own fresh goat milk, responsibly-sourced oils and the highest quality butters.
The Smiths of Turnagain Farms has been providing families with wholesome fresh beef since 2018. Their cows are born and raised on their farm in Caroline County, Virginia. .
Whispering Springs Farm
Located in Montpelier, the Whispering Spring Farm produces goat cheese, ice cream, soaps, lotions and other natural products in small batches.