Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lunch at Plank Road Exchange

Tried something new (to me) at The Plank Road Exchange on Saturday for lunch, after a trip to Eltzroth & Thompson Greenhouses, where we picked up more annuals and a replacement tomato plant.  See photo for the yummy and beautifully presented Southwestern Bean Cakes, topped with fresh salsa and avocado.  I admit I had already taken a bite out of the left side before I took the picture!  They would never have served me anything that looked raggedy.  YUM!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Batesville Day Parade 2012

The Batesville Day Parade for 2012 stepped off at 11 AM yesterday.  Such fun!  Lots of local kids, some interesting vehicles, our middle school band, and a beautiful day.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Batesville Store Reincarnated as The Plank Road Exchange

Although I will probably continue to mourn the loss of the former Batesville Store near our neighborhood, just down the Miller School Road, I'm so happy to see the site open again, now as The Plank Road Exchange (Facebook page at  We stopped by a couple of days ago for a brunch of the best egg, bacon and cheese bagel I've had in a while.  See the article in the Crozet Gazette for more info.

It appears I need to go back there soon, because I missed the desserts!  And where else can you go and have a friendly little 3 year-old guy give you a stick-on Superman label for your shirt?

Nelson County Farmer's Market

One of the best things about May is the reappearance of the local farmers' markets.  Check out the Nelson County Farmer's Market, (, which is up and running, May through October, each Saturday morning from 8-Noon.

AND, it isn't just vegetables and flowers--last year we bought some wonderful home-smoked bacon there, as well as some of the best rugelach ever!  So get out there and support your local economy while having a great time!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fardowners Restaurant in Crozet

Do you know what a "fardowner" is?  I didn't, until we visited the so-named restaurant in Crozet a while back.  You can find out by visiting their website at, and you can check out their list of upcoming music performers--there are two this weekend.  Right about now, the tasting flight of four locally brewed beers for $5.00 looks pretty irresistible!

This picture is from the Fardowners web site--check it out to see more fun times and great performers.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

As we wend our ways through September, approaching the last day of summer, it isn't too early to start planning our visit(s) to the fall edition of the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival.  The Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 this year at Claudius Crozet Park, and is a not-to-be-missed event!  It's the best place ever to start (or finish) your Christmas shopping.  It also provides a great opportunity to taste a wide range of Virginia wines, all under the same roof.  We love the live music and the great food, too--explore their website for the entertainment schedule and the wineries who will be there, as well as lots of other great info.  Visions of kettle corn and funnel cakes dance in my head!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Micah's Coffee OMG!

Okay, best new find in Waynesboro, for me anyway.  "Micah's Coffee" at 1000 Broad Street, has got to be the most wonderful product and the friendliest service in the smallest space ever!  It's easy to miss if you're in a hurry because of its relatively small stature (see photo), but I won't ever pass it by again.  (Find Micah's in the parking lot next to Ace Hardware, right across from the shopping center with Peebles in it.)  Our Stone Soup friends steered us to Micah's when we asked what coffee they use, because the coffee there is always extraordinary.  Stone Soup always buys whichever particular coffee is featured in the week they buy, so we followed suit and brought home a pound of "Mrs. Heatley's" beans.  Even before tasting the coffee this morning, I could smell how wonderful it was going to be.  So, thank you Micah's Coffee and your wonderful staff--we'll see you again soon!