Tonoloway Farm

Tonoloway Farm Sustainable forest farm in Virginia's Appalachian Highlands, producing native tree syrups from maple, walnut and hickory. We also grow shiitake mushrooms in wild forest conditions, with nut orchards coming soon!
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The finest shiitake mushrooms are picked by forest goblins. Get some today at Staunton Farmers' Market!
09/04/2021

The finest shiitake mushrooms are picked by forest goblins. Get some today at Staunton Farmers' Market!

The finest shiitake mushrooms are picked by forest goblins. Get some today at Staunton Farmers' Market!

We ❤️ seeing our Appalachian forest flavors put to creative use. The Shack VA made this with walnut pectin that we filte...
07/16/2021

We ❤️ seeing our Appalachian forest flavors put to creative use. The Shack VA made this with walnut pectin that we filter from our pure black walnut syrup 😮

Cauliflower Shoots, hibiscus, black walnut, ginger, black garlic

Not just a huge flush of mushrooms this week, but some of the most beautiful shiitakes we’ve seen. 😍 Get ‘em this Friday...
07/14/2021

Not just a huge flush of mushrooms this week, but some of the most beautiful shiitakes we’ve seen. 😍 Get ‘em this Friday at Foodlore Provisions and Saturday at Staunton Farmers' Market.

Summer’s abundance at Tonoloway Farm. Find us this morning at the Staunton Farmers' Market
07/10/2021

Summer’s abundance at Tonoloway Farm. Find us this morning at the Staunton Farmers' Market

Summer’s abundance at Tonoloway Farm. Find us this morning at the Staunton Farmers' Market

Approaching the one year mark on our workshop construction, and it’s finally in use drying this summer’s garlic harvest....
07/08/2021

Approaching the one year mark on our workshop construction, and it’s finally in use drying this summer’s garlic harvest. The heavy timbers came from our forests, almost entirely from fallen or unhealthy trees. We’re aiming to move our our syrup operation here by next season!

We 🥰 this collaboration with Troddenvale Cider and all our fellow farmers in Foodlore Provisions. Hard to believe those ...
06/08/2021

We 🥰 this collaboration with Troddenvale Cider and all our fellow farmers in Foodlore Provisions. Hard to believe those wintery days boiling syrup on the wood fire were just a few months ago...

We are named after the Tonoloway limestone formations that form the bedrock of our farm. Yesterday we got intimate with ...
06/03/2021

We are named after the Tonoloway limestone formations that form the bedrock of our farm. Yesterday we got intimate with Tonoloway limestone, opening a cave that we'd previously passed off as a gopher hole. Thanks to the Highland County cavers for the initiative! It was a tight squeeze, but this little hole opens into an underground room that could host a dinner party 😲

We are named after the Tonoloway limestone formations that form the bedrock of our farm. Yesterday we got intimate with Tonoloway limestone, opening a cave that we'd previously passed off as a gopher hole. Thanks to the Highland County cavers for the initiative! It was a tight squeeze, but this little hole opens into an underground room that could host a dinner party 😲

Find us in Richmond Saturday 8am-11:50am for our first RVA Big Market at Bryan Park 😀
04/30/2021

Find us in Richmond Saturday 8am-11:50am for our first RVA Big Market at Bryan Park 😀

Whoo hooo! History is being made RVA! Join us for the 1st GrowRVA RVA BIG MKT Saturday May 1, 2021 in Friends of Bryan Park!❤️

8am - 11:50am! Last sales 12:05pm!

Masks required and no eating or drinking in the Market area! It’s a BIG footprint!

Richmond VA Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities ❤️

Great aerial video of our hilltop chestnut orchard and gorgeous views of our beautiful surroundings in this promo from H...
04/26/2021
Relax. Recharge. Reset. Highland County, Virginia.

Great aerial video of our hilltop chestnut orchard and gorgeous views of our beautiful surroundings in this promo from Highland County VA!

You deserve a break. Take a few minutes and drift away with us in Highland County, Virginia.www.highlandcounty.orgThe song "Highland” used with permission co...

03/29/2021

We're headed to the studio with Virginia Home Grown Tuesday evening for the broadcast of their feature on value-added products, including our own black walnut syrup. We had a great time with the crew filming on-farm several weeks ago. Watch on PBS Central VA or live streaming through this link, 8pm on Tuesday the 30th:

We've been sitting on this secret for a little while... two new Appalachian syrup flavors in collaboration with our frie...
03/23/2021

We've been sitting on this secret for a little while... two new Appalachian syrup flavors in collaboration with our friends at Troddenvale Cider! They pressed Gold Rush apples and brought fresh juice when we were setting up for sugaring season. We boiled together on our wood-fired evaporator and made this incredible cider syrup. Robust tangy apple flavor will pucker your cheeks. To mellow it down, we also blended it with our pure Virginia maple syrup. Perfectly balanced apple-maple flavors make for a unique desert topping or base for your next vinaigrette. Get them through our website, at Staunton/Alexandria farmers markets, or at Foodlore Provisions all through the summer!

03/18/2021
highlandcountyva.blog

Thanks Highland County VA Blog for telling the story of what we are doing with black walnut syrup. Having learned from the experienced maple syrup producers of Highland County, we're excited to offer a different taste of these Allegheny Mountains!

Friends, don't be gettin' yourself in trouble with the US Park Service Police. We've got walnut syrup for you right here...
03/08/2021

Friends, don't be gettin' yourself in trouble with the US Park Service Police. We've got walnut syrup for you right here 😅

Friends, don't be gettin' yourself in trouble with the US Park Service Police. We've got walnut syrup for you right here 😅

03/06/2021

Ripping’ hot boil for our walnut syrup. Come to our open house days March 13 and 20th to see for yourself.

Thanks Virginia Home Grown for coming to Tonoloway to witness just how crazy you have to be to make syrup from black wal...
03/06/2021

Thanks Virginia Home Grown for coming to Tonoloway to witness just how crazy you have to be to make syrup from black walnut trees. We can't wait to join you live on PBS Central Virginia at the end of the month!

Hey hey Harrisonburg VA! You’ll soon be able to get our syrups among a curated selection of local foods through Rooted M...
02/27/2021

Hey hey Harrisonburg VA! You’ll soon be able to get our syrups among a curated selection of local foods through Rooted Market, starting March 2021. Check it out:

Syrup season has arrived in Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands! We’re boiling black walnut syrup day & night.
02/26/2021

Syrup season has arrived in Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands! We’re boiling black walnut syrup day & night.

Syrup season has arrived in Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands! We’re boiling black walnut syrup day & night.

02/19/2021

Tapping maples today!

02/07/2021

Black walnut sap is flowing, and the heat is on!

We haven’t yet tapped maple or black walnut, but we’re already boiling sweet Appalachian syrup. In collaboration with Tr...
02/04/2021

We haven’t yet tapped maple or black walnut, but we’re already boiling sweet Appalachian syrup. In collaboration with Troddenvale Cider. Any guesses? Coming March 2021...

We haven’t yet tapped maple or black walnut, but we’re already boiling sweet Appalachian syrup. In collaboration with Troddenvale Cider. Any guesses? Coming March 2021...

Whiskey aged maple syrup! 😲 Our first batch is in the barrel. Hitting bottles spring 2021. In collaboration with Spirit ...
01/18/2021

Whiskey aged maple syrup! 😲 Our first batch is in the barrel. Hitting bottles spring 2021. In collaboration with Spirit Lab Distilling making single malt spirits in Charlottesville.

Whiskey aged maple syrup! 😲 Our first batch is in the barrel. Hitting bottles spring 2021. In collaboration with Spirit Lab Distilling making single malt spirits in Charlottesville.

Get your Appalachian syrups at the Old Town Farmers' Market, Alexandria, VA today and alternating Saturdays all winter.
01/16/2021

Get your Appalachian syrups at the Old Town Farmers' Market, Alexandria, VA today and alternating Saturdays all winter.

Get your Appalachian syrups at the Old Town Farmers' Market, Alexandria, VA today and alternating Saturdays all winter.

Maple trees need a cold winter to produce sugar in the spring, and winter’s here at Tonoloway! To celebrate, we are offe...
12/16/2020

Maple trees need a cold winter to produce sugar in the spring, and winter’s here at Tonoloway! To celebrate, we are offering 10% off our maple leaf bottles. Use coupon code “SweetGift2020” on our web store until December 24th. These make wonderful gifts and stocking stuffers 🎄

Our experimental wasabi plants seem to be wintering well. They formed small dark leaves close to the ground, where the s...
12/10/2020

Our experimental wasabi plants seem to be wintering well. They formed small dark leaves close to the ground, where the spring water keeps the air slightly warmer.

We're nearing the end of our market season and reflecting on what a year it's been: challenging on so many levels, and y...
11/07/2020

We're nearing the end of our market season and reflecting on what a year it's been: challenging on so many levels, and yet so fulfilling as we joined the Staunton Farmers' Market, Foodlore Provisions, and the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail.

We will be at the Staunton Market Nov. 21, and the Staunton Christmas markets Dec. 12th & 19th.

If you would like load up on syrup for gifts or your winter supply, we ask you to wait until December. Our stocks are low (thank you customers!!) and we plan to bottle our final batches of the year in a few weeks.

Won't be long until we are tapping & boiling again in February-March!

Tonoloway Farm's cover photo
09/22/2020

Tonoloway Farm's cover photo

09/10/2020

This Saturday at Staunton Farmers' Market we’ll have a limited supply of unfiltered maple-walnut syrup blend. It’s darker, richer, more “walnuty” and more viscous with the pectin that occurs naturally in pure walnut syrup. Get some while it lasts!

The Shack VA anchors Staunton on the culinary map and Garden & Gun magazine shows off their unique local baklava drizzle...
09/05/2020

The Shack VA anchors Staunton on the culinary map and Garden & Gun magazine shows off their unique local baklava drizzled in Tonoloway Farm pure black walnut syrup. We love seeing new ways to use these Appalachian flavors! Check out the recipe link in comments.

Virginia is for syrup lovers! Check out Highland County's new maple syrup trail. We're excited to be one of the 8 sugar ...
09/04/2020

Virginia is for syrup lovers! Check out Highland County's new maple syrup trail. We're excited to be one of the 8 sugar camps opening for tours & tastings with careful COVID precautions in place. Fall is right around the corner and will be a wonderful time to visit and enjoy Highland's famous fall colors along with your syrup.

Introducing the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail!

This passport program offers visitors the chance to visit eight participating sugar camps in Highland County throughout the year, excluding the busy Maple Festival weeks and weekends, to experience each unique camp! Two of the participating camps are not currently open to the public during the Maple Festival, which adds another dimension to the intrigue. Visitors are invited to call ahead to the sugar camps, schedule a visit for a tour, taste their syrup and get a stamp on their passport. After all eight camps are visited, there will be a prize, but the real incentive is to have more one-on-one interaction with the farmers who run the camps. Visitors can check out what happens on these farms and in Highland County year-round outside of the busy syrup-making season in late winter and early spring. If you want to know where your food comes from, this a great family outdoor opportunity.

Pick up your passport at various Virginia Welcome Centers or at the sugar camp itself upon arrival. Please be sure to follow the current CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and Virginia Guidelines (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/) for preventing the spread of coronavirus, and please stay home if you have symptoms, are in a “hot spot” area or are feeling sick.

Information can be found by clicking on the following images of the passport. The new website at www.virginiamaplesyrup.com will be live in mid-September for more details. Contact the producers below to start your adventures on the trail!

Back Creek Farms
www.welcometobackcreek.com
7781 Upper Back Creek Road, Monterey
540-499-2302
[email protected]

Bruce’s Syrup and Candies
www.brucessyrupandcandies.com
824 Folks Drive, Blue Grass
540-474-5661
[email protected]

Duff’s Sugar House
www.comehometofairlawnfarm.com
3118 Mill Gap Road, Monterey
540-468-3094
[email protected]

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers
www.laurelforksapsuckers.com
10677 Mountain Turnpike, Hightown
540-290-1676
[email protected]

Mill Gap Farms
www.millgapfarms.com
2760 Mill Gap Road, Monterey
540-468-2882
[email protected]

Puffenbarger's Sugar Orchard
www.puffenbargersugarorchard.com
17 Maple Syrup Lane, Blue Grass
540-474-5712
[email protected]

Sugar Tree Country Store & Sugar House
www.sugartreecountrystore.com
185 Mansion House Road, McDowell
540-396-3469
[email protected]

Tonoloway Farm
www.tonolowayfarm.com
9943 Highland Turnpike, McDowell
540-396-3328
[email protected]

The Virginia Maple Syrup Trail brought to you by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, the Highland County Tourism Council and participating sugar camps.

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Save those empty syrup bottles and help us reduce waste! Bring back your empties (rinsed please) and we'll give you $1 o...
08/31/2020

Save those empty syrup bottles and help us reduce waste! Bring back your empties (rinsed please) and we'll give you $1 off your next syrup purchase. We'll sanitize them, clean them good as new, and refill with tasty syrup. Bring your bottles to us at the Staunton Farmers' Market, Foodlore Provisions or on the farm.

We’re excited to join other local businesses and community organizations in endorsing this initiative to protect Shenand...
08/19/2020
Friends of Shenandoah Mountain

We’re excited to join other local businesses and community organizations in endorsing this initiative to protect Shenandoah Mountain. Let’s preserve this wild space and grow outdoor recreation opportunities in Highland County!

Thank you, Tonoloway Farm in McDowell (Highland County), for endorsing our Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area proposal. We appreciate your support!

Raising sheep has its ups & downs.... but this wool is fabulous. Locally spun, free of dyes, our merino and rambouillet ...
08/17/2020

Raising sheep has its ups & downs.... but this wool is fabulous. Locally spun, free of dyes, our merino and rambouillet yarn is heavenly soft and available in three natural colors. See for yourself through our website, Foodlore Provisions and the Staunton Farmers' Market.

View from the office this week. We’ve been digging for the foundation of our workshop, future home of our syrup processi...
08/05/2020

View from the office this week. We’ve been digging for the foundation of our workshop, future home of our syrup processing and chestnut storage. For a farm full of (and named after!) rocks, it’s been smooth digging so far!

Glorious summer rain waters our orchard and brings life to our mountains. It also makes for soggy shiitakes. Here’s our ...
07/31/2020

Glorious summer rain waters our orchard and brings life to our mountains. It also makes for soggy shiitakes. Here’s our high-tech system to keep them fresh and ready for market. Get your umami fix this afternoon at Foodlore Provisions and Saturday morning at Staunton Farmers' Market.

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The Tonoloway Story

We are Tonoloway Farm, located on the rocky, wooded slopes of Bullpasture Mountain in Highland County, VA. We produce forest foods sustainably among the hardwoods of our Appalachian mountain home. These forest foods include syrups from our native trees: maple, black walnut and hickory, as well as mushrooms grown in the forest.

For most of our working lives, we served overseas on humanitarian assignments with the UN and the International Red Cross. Lauren is a data analyst and Christoph manages economic security programs and relief operations. Through a decade abroad in disaster and conflict-affected countries, we found that a community’s greatest asset is their bond and knowledge of place: what grows well, how ancestors lived, and how we must care for it. International aid workers can help, but real recovery comes through homegrown solutions. In 2014 we decided to search for our own place to set roots, finally finding our home in the storied mountains of Highland County, Virginia.

Tonoloway Farm is a dynamic forest farm, and we invite friends and visitors to join and learn with us. We initially came here with visions of frolicking sheep and pastured poultry. It didn’t take long to learn that the mountain will tell us what she wants. This is steep, rocky Appalachian hardwood forest, and the wild shows us what grows well here. Maples, walnuts, mushrooms, and wild fruits abound. Our aim is to grow more of what thrives naturally, while fostering diversity that supports sound ecology. Research indicates that temperate forests can yield double the productivity of grasslands. We aim to experiment, observe, nurture, and help the forests prove their case.

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I ordered the black walnut syrup out of curiosity. It's really very good!