Celebrating Agritourism this National Agriculture Week
March 21st - 27th is National Agriculture Week and we want to highlight the agritourism businesses that make Martinsville-Henry County a delightful and exciting place to visit and to live. From unique experiences to ranches and farm fresh foods to hops and vines, these businesses are vital to our community and communities across the country. Be sure to stop by the following local business!
Imagination Lavender Farm is home to approximately 1200 plants consisting of English and French lavender. They recently completed a major renovation of their previous horse barn into a rustic but unique retail shop. The shop carries a variety of lavender products to include beauty creams, lotions, shampoo, soaps, essential oil and numerous culinary items such as teas, syrups, sauces and lavender honey. The shop offers unique art and specialty craft gift items, many made by local artisans.
Purple Honey Farms is a family friendly farm renowned for their fresh flowers and country-style service. Mixing old school work ethic with new age information to bring fresh flowers to local communities, this small family farm also hosts craft fairs, floral arrangement classes, and live music events.
Rolling Meadows Farms raises and sells bedding plants, herbs, tropicals, produce, succulents, ferns, arrangements, and more in their 9 greenhouses. Browse through your favorite plants as well as those that aren't your run of the mill. The friendly staff is also available for consultation to discuss your landscaping plan.
The Sustainable Homestead Institute is a non-profit organization committed to sustainable development, ecological land design, and nature reliance education. The institute showcases regenerative design to provide an immersive experience in the skills of our ancestors to understand how relevant those skills still are to the modern homestead and living with the land.
Farms & Petting Ranches
Infinity Acres Ranch offers guests the opportunity to get up close to some amazing and unique animals such as camels, a zebra, kangaroos, and others. You can even camp overnight at the ranch!
Stonehaus Farms is a petting ranch that offers farm tours so visitors can get an up close and personal look at the animals raised there. Guests can also learn about the lost arts and animal husbandry.
Farm Fresh Foods
Bassett Farmers Market is open year-round and offers fresh fruits, vegetables, and other seasonal favorites.
Collinsville Farm Market is open year-round and offers fresh fruits, vegetables, and other seasonal favorites.
Henry County Farmers Market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, loose beans, jams, jellies, nuts, local honey, flowers, and all kinds of seasonal goodies.
Martinsville Uptown Farmers’ Market is seasonal and offers a variety of products from a variety of vendors who sell farm-fresh produce, vegetables, baked-goods, Texas Longhorn beef, and other items.
Sandy River Pork is open year-round and offers fresh pork products direct from their Axton farm.
Hops & Vines
Hamlet Vineyards offers a variety of award-winning wines for your pleasure including the 2020 Viognier, the 2019 Old Virginia Red, the 2018 Eltham, and the 2017 Petit Verdot. The gorgeous property features 3,500 grapevines among rolling hills and a charming Tasting Terrace for their weekly wine samplings.
Mountain Valley Brewing overlooks a scenic valley and a 450- acre farm, and offers a perfectly relaxing setting to enjoy a flight of Henry County’s original hand-crafted beers made from hops grown on site. Taps are rotated daily, but their selection includes a variety of pours, from IPA’s to Stouts, APA’s to Sours, Seltzers to Scotch Ale’s, and more. Plus, Mountain Valley Brewing offers special, seasonal releases. Stroll through the hop yard, tour the small brewery, chat in the taproom, or listen to live music in the outdoor pavilion.
Scuffle Hill Brewing Company also offers craft brews in their Collinsville taproom.
Smith River Spirits uses fruits from neighboring Patrick County to make their delicious brandy that’s available for pickup Thursdays-Saturdays.
Help us celebrate and support these phenomenal businesses not just this week, but all year long!