Category Archives: Meet our Vendors

Farm Feature: Spring Gate Farm


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“Know your farmer!”  You’ve heard it said in passing at the farmer’s market; you’ve seen it on bumper stickers.  At Relay, we believe it is an imperative worth following.  In the next few weeks, we will introduce you to the incredible folks behind three of our partner farms.  Today, we’re introducing you to Jane of Spring Gate Farm in Barboursville, Virginia. On occasion, I encounter someone who, in the course of an afternoon, fortifies my soul with a nourishing dose of authenticity, inspiration, and wisdom.  Within moments of meeting Jane Mckinney, I knew she was one of those life-giving sorts whose words I would return to often, and whose character I would forever admire. Earlier Read more …

Get to know our producers: Cocoa Bella Brewing Company


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Everyone loves a big mug of hot cocoa, especially during the frigid winter months but having hot chocolate every day could lead to an overdose of sugar and add an extra notch or two to your belt. Not with Cocoa Bella, a drinking chocolate made locally, right outside of Culpeper, Virginia. It's 100% cocoa that has been finely ground and hand roasted so that you can brew in a French Press, similar to coffee. The result is a pure, unsweetened drink with rich, full, and complex flavors that is much lighter than traditional hot chocolate. Cocoa Bella is vegan, gluten-free, free of artificial ingredients and additives and has minimal caffeine content, at most that of decaffeinated coffee. Read more …

Get to know our producers: The Freckled Farm Soap Company {Giveaway}


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We're continuing our December giveaways this week with one of our newly added local producers, The Freckled Farm Soap Company. Read on to learn more about Crystal, her family and their farm in Goochland, Virginia (plus lots of cute goat photos) then scroll down to the bottom of the post to learn how you can win a bar of their amazing goat's milk soap. How did The Freckled Farm come to be? My husband, Kevin, and I have always dreamed of one day owning a farm, but originally it was something we talked about doing once we retired. I had wanted goats since I was a little kid and the idea of retiring to the peace and quiet of the country was appealing. We moved from Richmond to Philadelphia Read more …

Get to know our producers: The Wild Pea Hummous


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Blake Wollman, the man behind The Wild Pea Hummous, is a Baltimore native and the owner of Desert Café, a Middle-Eastern themed restaurant in the heart of Mt. Washington. He started off making traditional hummous to serve at the café, until one day when he was inspired to throw a pineapple into the signature recipe. Customers absolutely loved it! After the pineapple incident, Blake started creating more unique flavors and before long folks were requesting that he make and sell the hummous, rather than just serving it at his restaurant. Soon thereafter Blake started selling The Wild Pea Hummous at local farmers markets. Four years later and the hummous business is still going strong. Each Read more …

What is Kombucha, anyway?


Capital Kombucha Relay Foods
It's likely that most of you have at least heard of kombucha. Who knows, maybe you're like some of the Relay staff and go through a half gallon in a week (not naming any names here). If you're a newbie to the kombucha scene or simply interested in learning more about it, this post is for you. We caught up with Andreas Schneider, co-founder of Capital Kombucha, to get the inside scoop about what kombucha is and the benefits of drinking it. At Capital Kombucha, we make kombucha, a fermented iced tea which originated centuries ago in Eastern Europe and Asia. Kombucha has been brewed ever since by health conscious hobbyists, and, more recently, companies such as ours. It is produced by Read more …