Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas at Adventure Farm

Sip wine and shop Christmas trees... wreaths, roping, beef and so much more!
Open Thursdays through Sundays in December, 11am to 5pm.
At the Tasting Room & Farm Shop.

DECEMBER 6, 11am to 5pm
Santa & Letters to Santa
Cookie decorating

Live music from the Red Drum Ramblers
Charley's Chili
Knives by Monolith Studios
Virginia made food products. Great gift baskets available.
Adventure Farm Wine Tastings

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Signing and Food Pairing

Book Signing and Food Pairing at Adventure Farm
Saturday, November 22

By Richard G. Leahy
NOVEMBER 22, 1-3pm

Beyond Jefferson's Vines
by Richard G. Leahy
Looking for the essential book on wine? 
Richard G. Leahy's book, Beyond Jefferson's Vines, is both compelling and authoritative, covering the history, the present and potential of our region's wine country. It is a knowledgeable and well researched book whether you want to know more about the technical details of wine making or about wines, vineyards and winemakers.

Richard G. Leahy has written on Virginia wine since 1986 and is the regional editor for the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America. He is highly regarded as the eminent expert of East Coast Wines and Wineries.

What do you drink with Charley's Chili made with Adventure Farm beef? 
We drink our Red Blend 'Gigi'.
Come and try this great combination on November 22 between 11am and 5pm.
$15 per person for a bowl of chili and glass of Gigi.

If you prefer, try the cheese plate and wine tasting package for $14 which will include assorted cheese made in Virginia and wine from Adventure Farm and Michael Shaps.
Our sold out 2013 Viognier will be included in the flight, to prepare you for our 2014 Viognier.

Richard G. Leahy's book & Adventure Farm wine
make great gifts for the holidays

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey

When I was a child, growing up on the farm, my grandfather was more of a nature conservationist than a hunter. He planted apple trees and left the creeks overgrown so that wildlife could flourish. If he did hunt, it was for the dinner table, not for sport.
One year, I had the great opportunity to enjoy a wild turkey that my grandfather had shot. It sticks in my mind as one of my best culinary experiences ever. The flavors were wild and complex, the meat was juicy and tender. It truly was the best turkey that I had ever had.

Last spring, we were given a Kelly Bronze turkey to try, in preparation for raising them on Adventure Farm. The turkey was beautifully packaged with a sprig of rosemary, a detailed cooking manual and a professional thermometer. We lit the grill and cooked it over low heat but taking less time than any turkey we had previously cooked.
What surprise awaited our senses! The bird was delicious, juicy and flavorful, bringing back childhood memories of that special wild turkey from my grandfather. Maybe is was the heritage breed or the three weeks of dry aging that made this bird so tender. All we knew was that we were sold and excited to raise this special breed and offer them to our customers for Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving is just over 3 weeks away and if you need a fresh turkey, try a Kelly Bronze turkey from Adventure Farm. Place your order now while supplies last. With a $50 non-refundable deposit, you can secure your Kelly Bronze turkey now, pick it up early during Thanksgiving week and pay your balance. Just click the TURKEY DEPOSIT tab at the top right of this page to BUY NOW.

If you like eating locally produced food and have interest in heritage breeds, then this is the turkey for you.
The birds are hand plucked and dry aged which adds tenderness, the same way it was done in the USA 100 years ago.
The traditional bronze breed originally came from America and then was bred in Cambridge, England from 1735.
Kelly Bronze is a slow growing breed, bred for fine meat texture.
The turkeys are hatched natural season and are grown to full maturity to give flavor. 
Birds are free ranged to give texture and fed a natural diet without hormones or growth promoters.
Due to maturity and increased fat marbling in the meat, the Kelly Bronze turkeys will cook twice as fast as a normal turkey.
Turkeys will be 10-15 lbs.
Price is $11 per pound plus tax.
Turkeys will be ready early in the week of Thanksgiving and customers will be notified by email of the exact date and time for pick up.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


If you dare, venture out to Adventure Farm
wander through the corn maze 
for the fright of your life.
October 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th
from 6-9pm
$10 per person over the age of 5

Not recommended for children under the age of 8
Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult in the corn maze.

Check the schedule for live music,food trucks and fire dancers.
Wine will be available for purchase. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pumpkin Patch in October

The Pumpkin Patch at Adventure Farm opens this weekend!

The festivities will start off with a bang on Friday night with live music, food and wine from 5-8pm at the Pumpkin Patch. Music will be provided by Jason Burke with Frank Bechter and food by South Fork Food Truck. Adventure Farm wine will also be available for purchase.

We had a great month of September with food and music on Fridays at the Tasting Room. Hoping all the regulars and new folks will find us just down the road from the Tasting Room, towards Earlysville, on the left. Look for the Pumpkin Patch Banners and open gates. 

If you've never been to our Pumpkin Patch, then please check us out. In addition to music on Friday nights, the patch is open 11-5 on Saturdays and 12-5 on Sundays. Come enjoy our vintage farm. We've been farming for 64 years. There are corn mazes, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and hay rides led by Farm Manager Carl Tinder who will teach you a thing or two about cattle and what goes on at our farm.

We will have our premium beef for sale, which is hormone and antibiotic free, USDA inspected, aged 3 weeks, grass fed and grain finished for superior marbling all while being raised in open pastures. Charley's Chili, made with our own ground beef, will be available for purchase as well as our own Adventure Farm wine.

The Pumpkin Patch at Adventure Farm is a great setting for relaxing and enjoying some quality family time. Please call if you have any questions, 434-971-8796.

Feel free to visit our Lakeside Tasting Room just across the farm during our regular hours, Thursdays through Sundays, 11-5.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

We've been Scouted! Check out our upcoming music & food schedule on Fridays in September & October. Should be lots of fun at Adventure Farm.

Scout Blog

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fridays at Adventure Farm in September & October

Adventure Farm has a huge lineup of musical talent on Friday nights beginning in September. Come by and relax to some tunes, eat deliciously prepared local food and sip on our own Adventure Farm wine.
Festivities go from 5-8pm most nights and there is no admission charge.
October 17 & 24 are a bit different because these are two of our Fright Nights at the Pumpkin Patch. On these two nights there will be a $10 entrance fee, the time is 6-9pm and no wine will be available for purchase.
Mark your calendars and check us out!

SEPTEMBER @ the Tasting Room

5th  WILL OVERMAN & Charley's Chili

12th  JIM WAIVE & Adventure Farm Burgers

19th  SAM CREGGER & The Blue Ridge Pizza Company

26th THE RED DRUM RAMBLERS & The Flat Creperie

OCTOBER @ the Pumpkin Patch

3rd  JASON BURKE with FRANK BECHTER and South Fork Food Truck

10th  MATTY METCALFE and Spiked Food Truck

17th  THE PICKIN' SHACK and The Blue Ridge Pizza Company 

(Fright Night, 6-9pm, $10 entrance fee, no wine available)

24th THE RED DRUM RAMBLERS and The Flat Creperie

(Fright Night, 6-9pm, $10 entrance fee, no wine available)  

*musicians and food subject to change... check this blog or call 434-971-8796
*only wine purchased at Adventure Farm permitted, no outside alcohol

Monday, August 4, 2014

Thanks goes out to Neil Williamson of the Old Town Crier. He visited the Adventure Farm Tasting Room & Farm Shop recently and wrote up his reflections. Hope this inspires a few new visitors!
Old Town Crier article

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Gigi" 2012 Red Blend

We recently celebrated my grandmother's Gigi's birthday. Our family and close friends gathered together on this special day. The dinner consisted of her favorites, scallops and fish with white wine, fresh corn, tomatoes & basil all wrapped up in individual pouches and roasted over Charley's grill. Simple crab cakes were made with jumbo lump Chesapeake Bay Crab, lemon, mayo, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, a few bread crumbs and egg. A green salad and fresh cucumbers from the garden completed the meal. Isabelle's perfect chocolate caramel cake topped it all off. We raised a few glasses of 'Gigi' Red Blend, laughed and told stories. Gigi said it was her best birthday party ever.

For a recent review of the 2012 'Gigi' Red Blend and a great description of the new Adventure Farm Tasting Room & Farm Shop, check out Richard Leahy's blog from July 22, 2014.
click here for Richard Leahy's Wine Report

Friday, June 20, 2014

Asado June 7, 2014

June 7 turned out to be a perfect night for our first Asado. The evening felt like the first official night of summer. Family and friends gathered in and around our new Tasting Room & Farm Shop, alongside the cool, clear pond, celebrating the season and our time together.
Daniel and crew treated us to an authentic Argentine feast. They set up their fire next to the lake and proceeded to build up an impressive bed of coals. With patient care and timely maneuvers, our Adventure Farm beef was cooked to perfection. The menu included a delicious green salad with a mustard vinaigrette, fresh baguettes and beef cuts from our farm such as Sirloin, Flank, NY Strip, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon and Short Ribs. The slow cooking process rendered deliciously tender and juicy meat, and when accompanied by the Chimichurii sauce elicited "oohs" and "aahs" from the participants.
Adventure Wine flowed with favorites being the 2013 Viognier, a creamy vintage with hints of honey, peach and white flowers and the 2012 Red Blend "Gigi", whose snappy and piquant notes layered well with the effusive and flowing high tones.
Jim Waive and the New Divorcees played familiar tunes which Charley and I could not help dancing to as the night progressed, with favorites being 'Old Dominion Girl', 'Hey Good Lookin' and 'I'll Fly Away'.
It was hard to walk away and put out the lanterns and the fires as the night wore on. We could have stayed all night. It was the time together, new friends, old friends, family moments, that we will hold on to and plans for the next Asado will keep us until we meet again.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


As my extended family gathered together this past weekend, we all agreed that our memories together revolved around food. For all of my life, I have looked forward to our reunions at Thanksgiving, Christmas, summer cookouts, weddings and even funerals. Our plates were always overflowing with southern, home-cooked meals and hearts were full of the bonds only a family knows.

As adults, we now appreciate the hours of work that stands behind a family meal. It was all invisible to us as children. The joy of eating around the table, laughing together and sharing stories was the thread that wove our web of family love together.

Around the farm, we work hard to make it all happen. Daily chores and special occasions ebb and flow like the seasons. We do our work with pride and gallant effort, trying not to tire or complain. We know the short term and long term value in what we create.

So this past Memorial weekend, our family came from near and far to celebrate the life of my Aunt. We raised a glass (or two) of Adventure Farm wine, ate mouth watering burgers off the grill and Charley's Chilli made with Adventure Farm Beef, cleaned the lettuce from the garden and tossed together the most delicious meal ever. We cherished the reunion, enjoying the present, sharing our lives, recalling the past and planning our next gathering.

All of our 6 children will be home for the Asado at Adventure Farm on June 7th and we expect a fair showing of our Virginia family and some cousins from Kentucky. We are looking forward to another family meal on the farm and most of all, excited to share it with our friends and the local community. To join us, reserve your space now with the advance purchase of a ticket (so we have enough grilled Adventure Farm beef and other meats for everyone!). Come enjoy the tradition of a family meal with Adventure Farm wine and local beer, Jim Waive and the New Divorcees will play music and memories will be created.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


What is an Asado?

If you were to enter almost any house on a Sunday afternoon in Argentina overwhelming aromas of meat would greet you at the door, directing you to the asado. Large slabs of meat, seasoned only with salt, roasting slowly over wood embers while hungry guests wait patiently.

An asado is essentially a South American barbeque, slow cooking vast quantities of meat over an open fire. This style of grilling is based on the traditions of the gauchos, or cattle herders who once roamed the grasslands of Argentina.

But, an asado is more than a meal to the Argentine people. When generations of families or groups of friends get together, the meat may be the centerpiece, but the camaraderie is the most important part. 

An asado is not only the beef, but also the company. So please come and join us at Adeventure Farm June 7th. Everyone is welcome! Invite your loved ones, friends & anyone else!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


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