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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Favorite Charlottesville VA Farmer's Market Vendors

We love to spend Saturday mornings browsing the stalls at the Charlottesville VA City Market. Bright, colorful produce, unique artisan crafts, samples of meats and cheeses and coffee and jam and bread... We always discover something new that makes us smile or inspires us in the kitchen, but we also have our favorites. Here are some of Foxfield Inn's top Farmer's Market vendors in Charlottesville.

Everona Dairy
Producing unique farmstead aged sheep's milk cheeses, Everona Dairy's Piedmont often makes an appearance on our weekend cheese plates. Be sure to ask for a sample!

Free Union Grass Farm
Specializing in grass-fed livestock, Free Union Grass Farm was among the first local farms to produce duck on a larger scale. We stock up on duck fat, and pate, but they also carry beef and chicken.

If you are a fan of goat cheese, you must try the chevre which put Caromont's artisanal goat's milk cheeses on the map. They also specialize in unique cow's milk cheeses. Caromont's cheese-makers are creative and often collaborate with other local businesses to create unique flavors so be sure to stop by and ask what's new.

Our top picks for fresh produce are Bellair Farm and Radical Roots. Offering a
wide selection of organically-grown veggies grown with care on their own farms, this is as fresh as you can get. Kathryn always delays writing the next day's breakfast menu until she sees what looks delicious at these two booths.

Hungry Hill Farm
Yes, even our honey is local. We use it for baking, in dessert sauces, and to pour in teas. Pick up a jar to take home with you (it comes in many sizes) or a honey stick to savor while you wander the market.

Planet Earth Diversified
Planet Earth Diversified offers a unique range of microgreens, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and select other produce grown in their ecological greenhouses. Their products make for fabulous garnishes and tasty flavors on our breakfast plates, but if you're in the mood for a treat, don't pass up one of their raspberry cream pops.

Rain or shine, we can always count on our favorite farmers to bring us the best ingredients Charlottesville has to offer. Won't you come stay at Foxfield Inn and see how we're showcasing our farmer's market bounty? Let us know how else we can make your visit to Charlottesville special or tell us where you like to shop at our Charlottesville City Market!

Your Innkeepers,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville VA Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, May 18, 2014

What to do in Charlottesville - June 2014

We encourage our guests to relax and unwind at Foxfield Inn at any time of year. This June, local Charlottesville events have the same theme in mind. Whether you're up for picking berries or picking a wine you'd like to taste, June offers plenty of outdoor events to welcome summer. Here are a few of our favorites.

Events at Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's home is open for tours year-round. But be sure to take advantage of the wonderful staff and resources they have by attending one of their early summer workshops.

6/5 and 6/7 Early Summer Arboretum Walk
6/5 Painting and Sketching at Tufton Farm
6/14 Recipes from the Monticello Kitchen
6/24 TOM Talk: Thomas and Martha Jefferson's Early Life at Monticello

Hatton Ferry
Saturdays (9-5) Sundays (12-5)
A short drive south will bring you to Scottsville and the last pole-operated ferry in America. Once the vehicle of our country's westward expansion, summer is the perfect time to take a ride across the James River and check out the fascinating historical exhibits.

Use your fresh strawberries to make
our Strawberry-Lemonade muffins!
Strawberry Picking at Critzer Family Farm
Monday-Saturday (8am-6pm)
It's hard to beat the taste of freshly picked strawberries. Now that strawberry season is upon us, why not spend an afternoon picking some of your own?

Sunset Series at Carter Mountain
Thursdays (6-9pm)
A popular setting to enjoy live music, food, shopping in the country store, and one of the best views in Charlottesville. Prince Michel wines are available for tasting.

Tailgate Thursdays at Stinson Vineyards
Thursdays (6-9pm)
Enjoy live music, wine, and grilled meats at nearby Stinson Vineyards. A great way to relax and unwind into summer.

Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Saturday, June 14 (7-11pm)
Starry Nights is a popular event at the beautiful Veritas Vineyard & Winery. Take a Foxfield Inn here.

picnic or reserve space at a table for the buffet. Sip their wines and dance the night away under a blanket of stars. Purchase tickets online

Summer Kickoff at Devil's Backbone
Sunday, June 22 (1-6pm)
At Devil's Backbone Brewing Company, they sure know how to throw a good party. Celebrate the start of summer with their draft beers, outdoor music, Tres Agave margaritas in a keepsake shaker, grilled sausages and kebobs, ice cream, and cornhole.

Afton After Hours at Afton Mountain Vineyard
Saturday, June 28 (6-8:30pm)
Bring along a Foxfield Inn picnic or purchase pizza from Blue Ridge Pizza Company on-site. Enjoy live music rain or shine.

Ongoing summer events:
Fridays After Five (Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm) - Catch a free concert at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall before your dinner date. Concessions available to purchase.
City Market (Saturdays, 7am-noon) - Pick up a cup of coffee or artisanal lemonade and a pastry to wander the stalls for fresh produce, flowers, and unique gifts.

We're sure you'll find something interesting to add to your June excursion to Charlottesville. Let us know how else we at Foxfield Inn can make your summer visit a special one.

Your Innkeepers,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Farmer's Market Frittata at Foxfield Inn

It all started last summer when some guests here at Foxfield Inn asked what we were having the next day for breakfast.  I hadn't gotten that far in my planning yet (for some unknown reason).  Since I was headed down to the City Market in Charlottesville, I said let's see what the farmer's are selling today and I will make breakfast from that.  I came home with vegetables galore!  And thus our Farmer's Market Frittata was born.

I started with Swiss Chard as my base this time, added some spring onions, parsley, squashes and eggs.  The chard and spring onions came from Radical Roots, the eggs from Timbercreek Organics across the street from us.  Everona Dairy makes the best Chive Sheep's Milk cheese and I was able to get some from them this time - normally I would use a good cheddar if I can't get the Chive cheese.  The parsley and other herbs I used came from our garden.  I only had to purchase the squashes and potatoes at the store as it is a bit early for either of those ingredients to come from local sources.

Farmer's Market Frittata - Serves8
Print Recipe

Diced squash

2          tablespoons   Vegetable oil
1          bunch              Swiss Chard - rainbow, red or green
2          medium          Russet potatoes,
½         cup                  spring onion, diced
1          small               yellow squash, diced
1          small               zucchini, diced
1          teaspoon        salt
½         teaspoon        pepper
2          tablespoons   parsley, finely chopped
1          tablespoon     tarragon, finely chopped
1          cup                  Shredded Everona Chive or Cheddar cheese
½         cup                  Shredded Parmesan cheese
9          large                eggs, beaten
3          large                egg whites, beaten


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a 10-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

In a 12-inch skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat.  Carefully wash Swiss Chard.  Remove stems and coarsely chop.  Sauté chopped Swiss Chard until wilted.  You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.  Place chard in a colander and set aside.

Potatoes - parboiling
Cut potatoes into eights length-wise.  Thinly slice.  Cook in boiling water until just tender – approximately 8-10 minutes.  Drain and let cool.

Add remaining tablespoon of oil to skillet.  Lightly saute onions, squash and zucchini until soft. 

Combine chard, potatoes, onion, and next 6 ingredients in a bowl.  Taste to determine seasoning.  The mixture should taste slightly salty and a bit over seasoned with the herbs (the eggs dilute the flavor).  Adjust as necessary.

Add beaten eggs and egg whites to the bowl and stir well.  Pour into pie plate.  Bake for 40-45 minutes until set in the middle and lightly golden brown on the edges.  (I turn the plate 180 degrees halfway through baking.)

Finished Frittata - without the Hollandaise (please include it!)
Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with Hollandaise sauce (made with the leftover egg yolks) and Parmesan Crisps (aka Frigos).

We hope you enjoy this as much as our guests do.

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a Charlottesville VA bed and breakfast

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Foxfield Inn Introduces "My FoxField Trip" Pinterest Program

When I was a child, I had a bulletin board above my desk that I plastered with memorabilia - postcards, friendship bracelets, and ribbons from sporting events. Over time, it became inundated with the glossy pages of National Geographic representing places I'd love to visit.

Today's digital equivalent of my childhood bulletin board is Pinterest, and beginning this month, Foxfield Inn proudly introduces our My FoxField Trip virtual concierge program. Let us give you insider tips for your next visit to Charlottesville, Virginia and help you plan the getaway of your dreams. Together, we will collect and share information with you that will inspire your next trip to our area.

Planning your own FoxField Trip is free and simple! Here's how it works:

Step 1. Log in to Pinterest and create a board called My FoxField Trip. (If you are new to Pinterest, click here for an overview to help you get started). In the board description, write a brief statement about the time of year you hope to travel and the type of trip you'd like to take, whether your interests lie in food, wine, history, the outdoors, shopping, or beyond.

Step 2. Invite us, Foxfield Inn, to be a collaborator on your board. Simply edit your My FoxField Trip board and type Foxfield Inn where it asks "Who can add pins?"

Step 3. Browse Pinterest and the internet to pin images, links, and videos to your board, indicating places you might like to visit and things you might like to do in Charlottesville. We'll pin links to your board, too, to show you the highlights and hidden gems of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Your trip will be planned before you know it!

Click here for a printable version of these instructions.

Whether you're visiting Charlottesville for the first time or the twenty-first time, let our My FoxField Trip program help you make new memories, no permission slip necessary. Happy pinning! We look forward to meeting you soon.

Questions? Leave a comment below.

Your Innkeepers,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast