Summer is in full swing on the Farm Trail! With the warm temps most of the flowers, herbs, veggies and fruits are in full bloom. This means that the eats are at their best! Farm groceries and farmers markets are bursting at the seams with edible ripe deliciousness and Chefs at our farm to table restaurants are able to prepare some of their best dishes of the year with locally grown, seasonal produce.
This also means that we are at the height of mouth watering cold treat season! When out adventuring on the Farm Trail this time of year it is important to stay cool and comfy. Many of our venues provide you with just what you need to do that…read on:
Showalters Orchard & Greenhouse offers up a mean frozen apple cider slushie. Made from apples grown right in their orchard, this is a chilly and tart/sweet treat that never disappoints. If you prefer something a little more grown up, try a glass of their ice cold and refreshing hard apple cider. It hits the spot every time! For more information on this incredible family run business go to www.showaltersorchard.com.
Pure Eats is your locally grown burger and shake mecca. It is hard to think of a more perfect all American summer meal than a locally grown beef burger topped with farm fresh lettuce and tomato, a side of fries, and yes! an ice cold milk shake. Pure Eats offers a variety of creamy and delightful shake flavors and every shake is made from cream straight from the Homestead Creamery! You cannot go wrong there folks. To find out more: www.pureeats.com.
Bella Gelato and Pastries located in Harrisonburg, VA is where you will find award winning gelato in many mouth watering flavors! It is made by hand on site, using milk from their friends down the road (who are also Farm Trail members!) at Mount Crawford Creamery. Try one of their house-made waffle cones with a seasonally-flavored scoop of gelato, warm up with a cup of their spicy house-made chai, or take home a fresh loaf of oat bread to share with friends. Your taste buds will thank you! Visit them at: www.bellalunawoodfired.com/bella-gelato/
So much to do and enjoy at White Oak Lavender Farm and Purple Wolf Vineyard! To begin, they have many varieties of lavender to choose from out on the grounds, along with a meditation garden, animals to play with and a giant life sized chess set. The onsite shop is brimming with all things lavender – including lavender ice cream! Lavender blueberry is usually a favorite among visitors. You can also try a refreshing glass of lavender infused water, or if you are an adult that is so inclined, try a chilled glass of lavender infused white wine. It is sure to please! To find out more: www.whiteoaklavender.com.
Cave Ridge Vineyard is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery located in the foothills overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, which is world-renowned for its scenic beauty and history. Low rainfall and deep rocky soils make this an ideal location for growing the highest quality grapes used to make Cave Ridge wines. Not only are they famous for their award winning wines, they are well known for their wine slushies! These tangy and flavorful summer coolers are available in both the red and white varieties and are a must try in the summer if you are wine connoisseur! Check them out at: www.caveridge.com.
And have fun staying cool out there!