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May
23

Pick-Your-Own Farms Near Rockingham County

Farms Rockingham County

Rockingham County has rich soil and optimal weather, which help produce a bounty of gifts at local farms. When our real estate agents want to get back to the land, they head to these great farms for fruits, vegetables, and flowers. 

  • Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    While Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse first opened for business in 1965, apples have been grown continuously on the property since the early 1900s. In 1975, Joe and Frances Showalter added a cider press to make use of the "blemished" apples that would otherwise go to waste. Today, Shannon Showalter and his wife Sarah continue his parents' legacy with pick-your-own apples and peaches. Be sure to make time for a visit to the tasting room at Old Hill Cidery near Timberville homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures - 609 Friedens Church Rd., Mount Crawford, VA 22841
    Do you dream of strawberry shortcake on a warm summer day? It's even better with freshly-picked berries from Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures. During fall, pick your own pumpkins and gourds for festive holiday decorations while the kids try to solve the five-acre corn maze. Fill the pantry and fridge with the assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat sold at the on-site market. Add some natural beauty to your home with some ficus or African violets from the greenhouse. Overlook Produce is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Hobbit Hill Farm - 6460 Showalter Rd., Mount Crawford, VA 22841
    Who says healthy foods don't taste good? Blueberries are high in nutrients, low in calories, and full of juicy sweetness. Take the whole family to pick your own blueberries at the delightfully-named Hobbit Hill Farm. This family-owned farm on the banks of the North River, and near Mount Crawford homes for sale, features USDA-certified organic blueberries, which are "only touched by rain and sunshine." Call ahead for hours.

  • Pebble Hall Wildflowers & Herbs - 11 Pebble Hall Ln., Weyers Cave, VA 24486
    Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to flavor your food without adding fat and calories. Spend an afternoon picking herbs by the bag at Pebble Hall Wildflowers & Herbs. Seasonal varieties available include basil, chives, fennel, mint, oregano, sage, tarragon, and thyme. You can also build colorful bouquets of baby's breath, calendula, daffodils, poppies, zinnias, and other wildflowers blooming in the gardens or greenhouse. Even if you don't pick anything, it's worth the trip to stroll the dog-friendly grounds, explore the nature museum, and enjoy a picnic lunch near Weyers Cave homes for sale. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and up, which includes a small bouquet. Hours are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

  • White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple Wolf Vineyard - 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Pamper yourself with the soothing properties of lavender from White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple Wolf Vineyard. This stunning farm produces more than 8,000 lavender plants and 3,000 grapevines, creating a sea of purple. Purchase bath and beauty products, oils, candles, and other specialty items from the on-site shop, or pick your own fresh lavender. They'll even provide the scissors! You'll feel instantly relaxed in the farm's Discovery Area, where you can view farm animals and a life-size checkerboard or simply sit beside the pond. Sample lavender wine or refreshing slushies and sangria in the tasting room at The Purple Wolf Vineyard near Harrisonburg homes for sale. Admission is $3, with an $8 fee to pick up to 50 lavender stems. Guided tours are offered for $10, which includes admission.  White Oak Lavender Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Which one of the incredible Rockingham County homes for sale is your perfect match? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for experienced help finding or selling your home.

March
28

Visit Farmer's Markets in the Shenandoah Valley

Farmers Markets

Farmer's markets are much more than places to buy food. Many of these locations serve as community centers, where you can chat with local and regional growers, enjoy live entertainment, and interact with your neighbors. Our real estate agents share their favorite farmer's markets around Shenandoah County homes for sale.

  • Adam's Apples and Herbs - 583 Walton Farm Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664
    Don't let the delightful name fool you. Adam's Apples and Herbs offers a wide selection of produce and dairy, including potatoes, eggs, cauliflower, beets, and turnips. In December 2021, the family-owned market near Woodstock homes for sale expanded its scope by purchasing Rinker Cider. Brighten your day with plants from the greenhouse, or take home one of the beautiful arrangements created by Adam's mom. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

  • Shenandoah Heritage Market - 121 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Don't go to Shenandoah Heritage Market planning to pick up just a few things. At this amazing market, the largest one around Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll find all kinds of items you didn't even know you needed. With more than 20 sellers under one roof, you can shop for everything from produce and baked goods to kitchenware and toys to locally handcrafted items, including Amish-made furniture. When you're ready for a break, enjoy a meal at the Hungry Farmer Country Café or just relax on a bench near the peaceful water gardens. Shenandoah Heritage Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Staunton Farmers Market - 101 W. Johnson St., Staunton, VA 24401
    Staunton Farmers Market
    , located in the historic Wharf district, is truly committed to promoting sustainability and supporting local growers. As a producer-only market, all sellers must be involved in the growing or production of their product. In addition, these activities must take place within a 75-mile radius of Staunton homes for sale. Make your own contribution to sustainability by bringing your food waste to the market's composting station. At least twice a month, live musicians are on hand to provide entertainment. Staunton Farmers' Market is open from April 1 until the weekend before Thanksgiving, with a limited winter market in December. Regular hours are Saturday from 7 a.m. - noon.

  • Swover Creek Farms & Brewery - 4176 Swover Creek Rd., Edinburg, VA 22824
    When you're planning a family outing, "farmer's market" may not be the first choice that comes to mind. But Swover Creek Farms & Brewery is a family-friendly destination, just minutes from Edinburg homes for sale, with something for everyone, including Fido. Pick your own blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, and shop for homemade items in the on-site store. Kids can go back and forth between the indoor play area and outdoor disc golf course, while the pet-friendly facility includes a separate dog park. Afterward, the whole family can share a specialty pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd., Timberville, VA 22853
    As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. If that's true, you'll always be in good health when you shop at Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse. Showalter's signature apple cider has become an annual tradition, which prompted the opening of the Old Hill Cidery Tasting Room. More than 30 varieties of apples, as well as two varieties of peaches, are grown in the orchard. Stop off after a day of viewing Timberville homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Massanutten Country Corner - 3546 US Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
    In the beginning, Massanutten Country Corner was a 1960s-style roadside gift shop, not far from Luray homes for sale. When current owners Jeff and Kristin bought the place, they retained the gift shop flavor while adding a farmer's market and garden store. In addition to seasonal produce and fresh meat, the farmer's market offers dairy products and specialty foods such as jams and jellies, hot sauces, and fudge. Thanks to the gift shop, which features handcrafted items made by local artisans, Massanutten Country Corner is part of the Artisans Trail Network in recognition of the high quality of work. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Life in the Shenandoah Valley is full of endless variety. If you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Old Dominion Realty for friendly and experienced help.

September
20

Orchards and Markets for Farm Fresh Apples

Apples in Shenandoah ValleyFall is in the air, and it's the best time of year to visit your local farms in the Shenandoah Valley! Our real estate agents love this season because of the amazing variety of available crops—apples, grapes, pumpkins—and the fun fall festivals that return year after year. 

If you happen to be in the Charlottesville or Harrisonburg area this fall, be sure to check out some of our favorite local farms, orchards, and markets!

  • Back Home on the Farm - 2915 Willow Run Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Offering one of the most fun-packed farm experiences in Virginia, Back Home on the Farm is the sort of place you'll want to visit again in every season. The greenhouse is alive with flowers in spring, and the farm stand is packed with produce in summer. But in fall, the farm is abuzz with activity, including wagon rides, you-pick pumpkins, nightly campfires, and a 7-acre corn maze. The farm is located just outside Harrisonburg, convenient to many Harrisonburg homes for sale.

  • Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse - 17768 Honeyville Rd, Timberville, VA 22853
    Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse is a popular wedding venue in addition to being a working farm, and it's not hard to see why. The place is stunning, with spectacular views across acres of rolling farmland. Autumn is pick-your-own apple season here, and the farm grows more than 30 varieties. Be sure to check out the cider (hard and otherwise) that is made right here on the farm, just minutes from these Timberville homes for sale.

  • Hickory Hill Farm - 3034 Fruit Farm Ln, Keezletown, VA 22832
    Hickory Hill Farm is a picturesque, family-owned farm that has been run by the same family for 30 years. You'll find a different crop ready for harvest in every season: blueberries in June, tomatoes and sweet corn from July through August, and grapes from August into September. The farm is located in Keezletown, not far from these Rockingham County homes for sale. They also sell their produce at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, which is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from April through Thanksgiving. 

  • Turkey Knob Growers - 17581 Mechanicsville Rd, Timberville, VA 22853
    Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall—it seems there's always something sweet ready to be picked at Turkey Knob Growers. Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the farm grows several varieties of apples, which they package and ship to stores and markets all over the United States. You can also pick up apples in person at their farm stand or order online through their website. Turkey Hill is one of the oldest orchards in the Shenandoah Valley; they've been going strong since 1918. 

  • Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures - 609 Friedens Church Rd, Mt Crawford, VA 22841
    There's a lot to explore in any season at Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures, but fall is definitely our favorite time to visit this Shenandoah Valley farm. They offer a vast pumpkin patch with over 50 varieties of pumpkins and gourds in virtually every size, shape, and color. Fall also brings a sunflower harvest and corn maze, and be sure to check back in next spring for strawberry season! Overlook Produce is just of I-81 and a stone's throw from these Mount Crawford homes for sale.

  • Carter Mountain Orchard and Country Store - 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Offering pick-your-own and pre-picked apples from August through November, Carter Mountain Orchard and Country Store is a beautiful place to spend a day in the fall. They also grow peaches that are available well into September and recently launched their own wine label using home-grown grapes. This is a great time of year to enjoy a glass of wine in their beautiful outdoor space. The farm is a short drive from these Charlottesville homes for sale and also has an on-site bakery that's known for making some of the best apple cider donuts around. 

  • Cross Keys Farm - 3022 Cross Keys Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    You'll find just about any fruit or vegetable you can think of at the farm stand at Cross Keys Farm. Each crop is grown right here on the farm and available fresh for as long as it's in season. In fall, apples are the star of the show. Cross Keys Farm includes an orchard that grows modern apple varieties like Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady, as well as unique heirloom apples like Albemarle Pippin, Arkansas Black, and Esopus Spitzenburg.

Fall is a great time to be in Virginia, but we happen to think it's a pretty special place to call home in any season. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley area and talk to our real estate agents about finding your Virginia dream home.

January
18

National Cheese Lovers Day: Where to Find Locally Made Cheese in Augusta County

Augusta County Cheese ShopsEvery once in a while, a holiday comes along that our real estate agents can really get behind. Case in point: National Cheese Lovers Day is coming right up on January 20th!

If you happen to be in Virginia looking for Augusta County homes for sale, then you're in luck. Our neck of the woods happens to be home to some amazing local cheese shops, creameries, and farmers markets, and we're thrilled to give a shout-out to some of our favorites in honor of the upcoming holiday!

  • Nu-Beginning Farm Store - 221 N Lewis St, Staunton, VA 24401
    Nestled in the heart of Staunton, the store at Nu-Beginning Farm is your one-stop-shop for all things local, healthy and handmade. Just minutes from these Staunton homes for sale, the store offers everything from homemade grab-and-go meals and handmade crafts to a fine selection of local meats, produce, baked goods, and, of course, cheese. Among their many offerings are a variety of local cheeses from Mountain View Farms and Shenandoah Valley Family Farms. Store hours may vary due to COVID-19, but the Nu-Beginning Farm Store is currently offering online ordering and curbside pickup.

  • The Cheese Shop - 2366 Tinkling Spring Rd, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
    There's always something new and delicious to discover at the Cheese Shop. Nestled in the cozy community of Stuarts Draft—about 20 minutes from Staunton, VA—this local cheese shop has more than earned its place among the best local purveyors of fine cheeses. They've certainly grown since they started out as a front porch farm stand more than 50 years ago! You'll find an amazing selection, including specialties like bacon cheese, aged six-year cheddar, and horseradish cheese. The Cheese Shop also has goodies of all kinds, from local candies, nuts, and dry goods to soups, spices, and teas.

  • Staunton Farmers Market - Byers St, Staunton, VA 24401
    A staple of the Staunton community since 1993, the Staunton Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on local goods. Cheese lovers will usually find several tempting options here, including local products from Ballerino Creamery and a variety of local farms. Hours also vary by season, but the winter market is now open every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. For everyone's safety, organizers of the farmers market are asking that all shoppers wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of social distancing at this time. 

    • Ballerino Creamery - Staunton, VA
      Focused on making perfectly crafted fresh and aged cheeses using milk from local dairy farms, Ballerino Creamery is, without a doubt, one of Augusta County's finest cheesemakers. This Staunton creamery makes styles ranging from mozzarella and camembert to ricotta and farmers cheese, and every last one is worth tasting. Ballerino Creamery doesn't currently have their own brick-and-mortar store where you can shop for cheeses. But their products are available at numerous shops and stores locally, including Newtown Baking in Staunton and Greenwood Grocery in Crozet. You'll find them set up at several local farmers' markets as well, including the Staunton Farmers Market. 

    • Harrisonburg Farmers Market - 228 S Liberty St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      There's no end to the unique local products you might find at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. Local artisan cheeses are always on the menu, along with fresh eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, arts and crafts, and a wide range of locally grown fruits and vegetables that change with the seasons. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm during the winter season (December through March), and every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm throughout the rest of the year. Harrisonburg Farmers Market is just footsteps away from many Harrisonburg homes for sale

    • The Cheese Place - 3105 John Wayland Hwy, Dayton, VA 22821
      When a store has a name like The Cheese Place, you just know you're going to find something good there. This cozy family-owned shop in Dayton, VA offers dozens of cheeses from some of the best creameries in Virginia and all over the country. You'll never run out of new varieties to try. The Cheese Place is also a great place to shop for spices, dry goods, nuts and baking supplies, local jam and honey, and much more. Plus, they have the best selection of candy around, and they're located just minutes from these Dayton homes for sale

    Contact us today to learn more about all the great opportunities in Augusta County, and ask our team about finding the perfect Virginia homes for sale. We're here to help you and your family find your dream home in Staunton, VA, and the surrounding areas. 

    January
    13

    How Farms Grow a Community

    Home is where the heart is — and it's the compassion, honesty, and integrity that's inside our hearts that truly brings us together as a united community. Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty believe that home is more than a place where we live. It's a place where our food, our children and our community grows. It's a space where we come together to support each other and pass along our values. Home is where we give back to our community and our local farmlands are vital resources that foster the growth of each and every one of us.

    Farming is the largest private industry in the state. There are over 45,000 farms within state lines that give back to our communities and our planet. Farming is also a personally rewarding experience, as many of the Virginia farms currently operating are small, manageable spaces that farmers tend to for enjoyment rather than generating their primary income.

    There are numerous ways that farming helps our community grow in every sense of the word. Large and small farms alike make substantial positive impacts in our daily lives, often affecting us in ways we're unaware of.

    • Farms create jobs for our community.
      Whether it's tending to the soil, harvesting the crop or selling the goods at the market, every farm creates occupational opportunities for the men and women of our community.

    • Farms also stimulate our economy.
      Just as they provide jobs, local farmers also stimulate our local economy by encouraging us to keep our income flowing within our region. Proceeds from every local purchase are more likely to be reinvested into the community compared to money spent at corporations or chains.

    • Farmers educate us about food culture and agriculture.
      Knowing where our food comes from is the first step to understanding the importance of sustainable, local food systems. By educating us on how and why certain foods are grown, we gain the knowledge needed to make everyday decisions that positively impact our environment.

    • Local farms reduce carbon emissions.
      Urban agriculture keeps our cycle of food within the community. Instead of selecting mass-produced foods that often result in increased industrial pollution, choosing to do business with local farms cuts down on fossil fuel usage.

    • Local foods nourish our community.
      Across the country, many adults and children do not get the nutrition they need from quality foods. Locally grown foods preserve biodiversity and food security which enables the community to get the nutrition their bodies desperately need.

    We invite you to visit one of these area farms to show your appreciation, gratitude and learn more about how these farms are helping our community grow year after year.

    • Back Home on the Farm Adventures — 2915 Willow Run Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      A fun-filled farm hosting family-friendly events throughout the year.

    • Harrisonburg Farmer's Market — 228 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Stop by the Turner Pavilion and meet many of our local producers who bring fresh food to the market each week.

    • White Oak Lavender Farm — 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      A farm specializing in lavender plants and products, you can pick your own plants or choose from their wide variety of lavender goods.

    For help finding a home in one of the Virginia or West Virginia communities we represent, contact us today.
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    August
    19

    Our Local Farmers Markets in Virginia and West Virginia

    Local Farmers Markets VA and WV
    If you love fresh, local food, fun times, and friends, then visiting community farmers markets is a great way to spend a day. Local farmers markets offer many benefits to communities, including healthy dining options, fresh produce for all of your meals, fun events, great deals, and the opportunity for small, local businesses to find a market for their wares. In addition to offering food, many farmers markets feature vendors selling crafts, art, handmade jewelry, and plenty more. Our real estate agents love shopping local, and we've got the inside scoop on eight local farmers markets you need to explore.

    Virginia Farmers Markets

    1. Harrisonburg Farmers Market – 228 South Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      Harrisonburg homes for sale
      make it easy to visit the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, where you can find fresh food and so much more. Stop by every Tuesday and Saturday morning for fresh produce, baked goods, craft, local wine, and plenty of surprises.

    2. The Dayton Market – 3105 John Wayland Highway, Dayton, VA 22821
      You won't have to travel far from Dayton homes for sale to visit the long-running Dayton Market, which has been serving the area for more than 30 years. This market is open 6 days per week from Tuesday through Saturday, so there's never a bad time to visit.

    3. Broadway Farmers Market – 161 South Main St., Broadway, VA 22815
      Fresh food is never far from Timberville homes for sale, thanks to the Broadway Farmers Market which serves the Broadway-Timberville communities. In addition to tons of great products, this market has frequent special events through the spring, summer, and fall.

    4. Staunton Farmers Market – Wharf Parking Lot, Johnson St. & Central Ave., Staunton, VA 24402
      Staunton homes for sale
      are located close to the popular Staunton Farmers Market, which offers some of the best selection in the area. The Staunton Farmers Market is a producer-only market, which means every vendor is directly involved in the growing or production of the items they sell.

    5. Luray/Page County Farmers Market – Mechanic Street Parking Lot, Luray, VA 22853
      Located close to Luray homes for sale you'll find the excellent Luray/Page County Farmers Market, with great deals and even better food. This is a perfect spot to pick up fresh meat, baked goods, and plants, along with produce from local farms.

    West Virginia Farmers Markets

    1. White Barn Farm Market – 1433 US Highway 220 N, Moorefield, WV 26836
      Shopping for Moorefield homes for sale? Be sure to visit the White Barn Farm Market for all of your culinary needs. White Barn is open every day but Sunday, so you'll always have access to the freshest ingredients possible for your next meal.

    2. Pendleton County Farmers Market – 201 Confederate Rd., Franklin, WV 26807
      Franklin homes for sale
      provide easy access to the Pendleton County Farmers Market, located in the community. Find fantastic deals on a huge selection of local produce throughout the spring and summer at the Pendleton County Farmers Market.

    3. Grant County Farmers Market – Petersburg City Parking Lot, Petersburg, WV 26847
      If you're shopping for Petersburg homes for sale, then the Grant County Farmers Market will be your one-stop-shop for fresh food. Visit every Tuesday and Saturday morning to grab fresh food and handmade crafts from a variety of local vendors.

    An amazing selection of farmers markets is just one of many charms of living in local communities, and there's never been a better time to shop for homes in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley and eastern West Virginia.

    August
    7

    Discover the Harrisonburg Farmers Market

    Harrisonburg Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

    Harrisonburg Farmers Market

    Today's farmers markets began in 1934 with an idea and two entrepreneurs from Los Angeles.   What started as one market with a dozen farmers plus a few others selling fresh produce from the back of their trucks has evolved into over 8,600 farmers markets nationwide.

    As demand for locally grown, fresh food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America's farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. 

    Our hometown of Harrisonburg, VA joins other communities across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week August 6 - 12.

    Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market Roots

    Harrisonburg Farmers Market Goods

    Long-time Harrisonburg locals might remember Clarence Dellinger, a local farmer, selling his produce in the Harrisonburg Police Station's parking lot in the 1950s.  As time passed, the Market incorporated in 1994 as a Producer Only Market and has been our community's source for fresh, locally grown foods and crafts for over 30 years.  The Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market operated in the Liberty Street Parking Deck's lower level until moving to its current home in the Turner Pavilion at 228 South Liberty Street in 2006.

    What National Farmers Market Highlights

    Now in its 18th year, National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is an annual event sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  It highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation's food and economic systems. NFMW is held on the first full week of August. NFMW spotlights community farmers markets nationwide and is an opportunity for all farmers markets to showcase the impact they make in their local areas.

    Farmers markets across the country:

    • Support America's farmlands and rural livelihood
    • Grow local economies
    • Provide access to locally produced fresh foods and goods
    • Encourage healthier communities

    Taste of Harrisonburg Demo
    What began as a way to bring fresh, healthy foods to communities across the country has grown into a social gathering for entire communities.  As markets continue to evolve, new features like live entertainment, cooking demonstrations with recipe sharing, gardening advice and classes have been added. 

    Harrisonburg Reaps the Fruit of Its Labors

    Harrisonburg Farmers Market Fruit
    The Farmers Market has become the "place to be" in Downtown Harrisonburg on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.  While people with homes in Harrisonburg appreciate easy access to fresh, locally produced goods and crafts (practically in their backyards), the community spirit and fellowship it brings to neighbors, family, and friends are a true added benefit.  

    Harrisonburg Farmers Market Entertainment

    If you've been to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, we know you already love it.  If you're just moving to Harrisonburg, then don't miss the Market every Tuesday and Saturday from 8AM – 1PM (April – Thanksgiving) and Saturdays only, 9AM – 1PM (December – March).

    Harrisonburg Baked Goods

    When local farm vendors bring their wares to the Market for sale you'll find goods running the gamut from greens, seasonal produce, eggs, and floral bouquets to cakes, cookies, pies, breads, granola and crackers.  You won't want to miss sipping and sampling wines from local Harrisonburg vineyards or taking home a craft or piece of artwork created by one of the Harrisonburg community's artisans.

    Be Our Neighbor in Harrisonburg

    As more people become aware of the importance of supporting their local farmers markets, our real estate agents from Old Dominion Realty invite you to join us at our next Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers market.  The Harrisonburg Farmers Market looks forward to becoming an even more vital part of the Rockingham County community. Contact Old Dominion Realty to start your Harrisonburg home search today.

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    April
    21

    Things to Know Before Buying Farmland

    Ever dreamt of buying a farm? Here's a guide of things to consider before buying farmland.

    Things to know before buying farmland

    So, you've been dreaming of moving to the country. Whether you want to become a professional farmer or have a passion for living in the country and growing your own produce, buying agricultural land can be a complex process.  Here is a guide for things to consider before buying a farm.

    1.  Define Your Goals.

    You want to become a farmer and buy land in the country.  Each person has their own reasons why they want to own or work on a farm.   Before going down the path of actually buying agricultural real estate, ask yourself these questions to help determine your goals:

    • Do you want to own a farm and make a living as a professional farmer?
    • Do you want to become a "weekend" farmer and grow produce for your family's needs?
    • Are you looking for a real estate investment?

    2.  Find the Right Location.

    Finding the right piece of real estate goes along with defining your goals.  If you want to buy a working farm, determine where the nearest market for selling your produce is located.  Make sure the neighborhood suits you and the type of farming you want to do. 

    If your plan is to live in the country enjoying a quieter, simpler lifestyle, then buying farm property away from a larger community might be for you.

    Old Dominion Realty specializes in farm and rural properties in our local marketplace.  We can help you find the right location for you in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets.

    3.  Find the Right REALTOR®.

    Find a real estate agent with experience in helping customers buy and sell farm property.  Our team of REALTORS® in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets has the knowledge and experience you need to buy farm and rural properties.  They have expert knowledge about zoning, easements and details like soil type and water rights to help guide your decision.

    4.  Understand your financial needs.

    You'll need to understand your financial needs and budget to pay for and run your farm.  Cash buyers can compare their available amount of money with the price of the land they wish to buy.  If you need to finance a portion of the purchase price, find a lender experienced in financing farm properties.

    5.  Zoning.

    Zoning for agricultural property is in place to restrict non-farm uses of land.  The use of land, minimum farm size, and non-farm use buildings on the property can be determined by local zoning laws.  Working with experienced REALTORS® who have a knowledge of selling farm property will help you understand your limitations for use before you buy.

    6.  Know what's included with your real estate purchase.

    It is important for all parties involved to understand what is included with the purchase before the transaction is completed.  Buying farm equipment, building fences, gates and structures can be expensive.  A detailed list of everything included with the purchase needs to be a part of the contract.

    7.  Water.

    When searching for the perfect farm, its water supply is an essential resource to consider.  Are there streams, ponds or rivers on the property?  Is there standing water?  Find out more about water quality standards by visiting your state's Department of Health or Department of Natural Resources web site.  Learn how to take a water sample and where to send it for testing.

    8.  Soil.

    Whether or not land can be farmed is determined primarily by soil type.  Know your soil limitations before buying farm land.  To learn about your potential property's soil limitations, visit the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) web site and search the farm's site address.  Take a soil sample and send to a nearby soil-testing to test the soil for nutrients and deficiencies.

    Contact Old Dominion Realty

    Buying a farm can be a complex process. However, if you work with the right real estate team, owning a farm can be a rewarding experience.  Contact our team at Old Dominion Realty today.

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