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!

Operating as usual

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09/22/2020

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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.

Another strong flush of shiitake mushrooms this week. Come on down and get some at the Staunton Farmers' Market until no...
07/18/2020

Another strong flush of shiitake mushrooms this week. Come on down and get some at the Staunton Farmers' Market until noon, today Saturday 07/18!

07/13/2020

It’s been a huge push, and we’re excited to have 200 chestnut seedlings in the ground, protected from nibbling creatures and connected to irrigation for the dry months ahead. Just imagine how this will look in another decade or two... #forestfarming #appalachianfood #chestnut

Last chance to get green garlic this season. Available today at Foodlore Provisions and tomorrow at Staunton Farmers' Ma...
07/10/2020

Last chance to get green garlic this season. Available today at Foodlore Provisions and tomorrow at Staunton Farmers' Market.

The bulbs of this #musicgarlic are big and delicious. Just emerged after a nice long winter in the ground. We'll have so...
07/03/2020

The bulbs of this #musicgarlic are big and delicious. Just emerged after a nice long winter in the ground. We'll have some fresh tomorrow at Staunton Farmers' Market.

Garlic. The delicious medicinal. Freshly picked by @tonolowayfarm and available today on site @foodloreprovisions along with other add on items including shiitake mushrooms, beets, rainbow chard, breakfast sausage, eggs, chicken parted, chicken whole, chicken spatchcock, cider and more!

We had a solid #shiitakemushroom flush this week. The umami flavor of mushrooms make them a great alternative to meat fo...
07/03/2020

We had a solid #shiitakemushroom flush this week. The umami flavor of mushrooms make them a great alternative to meat for your holiday weekend! Get them at Foodlore Provisions on Friday or Staunton Farmers' Market on Saturday (yes, we'll be at the market on the 4th!).

Where do we get that smoky tannin-rich flavor for our hickory syrup? Look no further than the shagbark hickory trees tha...
07/02/2020

Where do we get that smoky tannin-rich flavor for our hickory syrup? Look no further than the shagbark hickory trees that grow native in our Appalachian forests. Pick some up Friday afternoon at Foodlore Provisions or Saturday July 4th at the Staunton Farmers' Market. Hickory syrup makes a wonderful glaze for your BBQ!

The shagbark hickory. A native in the Alleghenies, and one of those you know when you see it. The nuts are some of the tastiest in the forest and a food source for many who lived here before us. The bark is what is used to make @tonolowayfarm hickory syrup. Add this wild food to your 4th of July holiday as a marinade, glaze, addition to bbq sauce, cocktail and more. Hickory syrup is available @foodloreprovisions. Don’t forget to place your pre-order by 8pm tonight.

Our experimental wasabi patch is thriving after one month in this cold mountain spring. So far, the critters have steere...
07/02/2020

Our experimental wasabi patch is thriving after one month in this cold mountain spring. So far, the critters have steered clear of the spicy leaves. 17 months ‘till harvest! #forestfarming #wasabi #appalachiangrown

Come on down to the Staunton market! Shiitake mushrooms are abundant this week, alongside our native Appalachian tree sy...
06/27/2020

Come on down to the Staunton market! Shiitake mushrooms are abundant this week, alongside our native Appalachian tree syrups. #shoplocal #forestfarming Staunton Farmers' Market

Last week's cool weather slowed down our shiitakes, so their mushrooms were ready for harvest two days after Staunton ma...
06/22/2020

Last week's cool weather slowed down our shiitakes, so their mushrooms were ready for harvest two days after Staunton market. We have four baskets available for pick-up on-farm. $6 for a pint basket. Claim 'em while they last! 😋

New product coming to tomorrow’s Staunton Farmers' Market: maple coated walnuts! They’ve got just three ingredients: org...
06/19/2020

New product coming to tomorrow’s Staunton Farmers' Market: maple coated walnuts! They’ve got just three ingredients: organic English walnuts, maple syrup and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt. Amazing on fresh salads, and hard to resist right out of the bag 😋

Our shiitake mushrooms grow on oak logs in the shade of a maple tree. They fruit after a process called “shocking” which...
06/16/2020

Our shiitake mushrooms grow on oak logs in the shade of a maple tree. They fruit after a process called “shocking” which means we dunk them in cold water for 24 hours. In the background you see a cattle waterer that was abandoned- we’ve repaired and repurposed it. The shiitake mushrooms begin to form about six days after we pull them out of the cold spring water. #forestfoods #reuse #permaculture

Living in Appalachia and farming on a Civil War battlefield, we recognize our complex & painful history.  We are deeply ...
06/05/2020

Living in Appalachia and farming on a Civil War battlefield, we recognize our complex & painful history. We are deeply saddened that so much has still not changed, and we realize that we can't understand it all. We support deep societal change and will donate 50% of all income from Foodlore Provisions and Staunton Farmers' Market this week to Building Bridges For The Greater Good. And, fresh garlic scapes are ready in limited supplies.

From Japan to Appalachia: here’s our wasabi test patch growing in a cold spring-fed stream. This isn’t your ordinary hor...
05/26/2020

From Japan to Appalachia: here’s our wasabi test patch growing in a cold spring-fed stream. This isn’t your ordinary horseradish from the sushi bar, it’s real Japanese Misho wasabi. If it succeeds, we’ll harvest spicy-sweet rhizomes in about 18 months. #forestfarming #appalachiangrown #realwasabi

Big love for our Foodlore family! Wholesome food produced right here in Virginia’s Allegheny highlands. Know your farmer...
05/23/2020

Big love for our Foodlore family! Wholesome food produced right here in Virginia’s Allegheny highlands. Know your farmers, order online, pick up weekly at Oakley Farm in Warm Springs.

Week 1 was a huge success. On the first pick-up day, we had over 55 people drive through Oakley to be greeted by their local farmers and handed over their orders. Despite our masks, we loved seeing the faces of our customers and supporters. It reminds us why we do this work, and what it looks like to feed our community. We are proud to share we had four donated boxes to families in need this week. ⁣

Week 2 is already live! Place your order by Wednesday at 8PM for pick-up Friday from 4-6PM. #localfood #regenerativeagriculture

It's bottling day at Tonoloway! We're getting ready for the launch of Foodlore Provisions, blending our limited reserve ...
05/20/2020

It's bottling day at Tonoloway! We're getting ready for the launch of Foodlore Provisions, blending our limited reserve of walnut syrup with light maple for a fresh batch of maple-walnut blend. Order from www.foodloreprovisions.com by Wednesday 8pm for your local veggies, meats, eggs, cider and syrup. Pickup Friday afternoon at Oakley Farm.

Highland & Bath friends, join us in growing regenerative agriculture (and delicious food!) in our Alleghany Highlands! F...
05/15/2020

Highland & Bath friends, join us in growing regenerative agriculture (and delicious food!) in our Alleghany Highlands! Foodlore Provisions goes live, tomorrow Saturday May 16th. Order online, then pick up your complete basket of wholesome groceries at Oakley Farm each Friday from 4-6pm.

The online shop is LIVE! Place your order online by Wednesday at 8PM and pick up at Oakley Farm on Friday, May 22 from 4 - 6PM. We are looking forward to sharing our products with you.

Visit the website www.foodloreprovisions.com to learn more. Contact us with any questions [email protected].

We’re packing syrup for Saturday’s revamped Staunton Farmers' Market. There’s still time to order online for pickup at t...
05/01/2020

We’re packing syrup for Saturday’s revamped Staunton Farmers' Market. There’s still time to order online for pickup at the Staunton market Saturday between 8-10am, with diligent health precautions in place. www.tonolowayfarm.com

04/29/2020
Foodlore Provisions

New food initiative in the Allegheny Highlands! We've teamed up with our friends at Troddenvale Cider, Fireside at Oakley Farm, Apple Horse Farm , Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm and Windrunner Farm to offer a web-to-table market. Order online starting May 16th, and pick up your wholesome, sustainable and DELICIOUS food every Friday at Oakley Farm.

Bringing to your table a collection of wholesome products directly from farmers in the Alleghany Highlands.

04/17/2020

Seasons’ shift from sweet syrup to savory shiitake mushrooms

Thank you Staunton Farmers' Market for adapting & promoting a local food networks in these challenging times! We are exc...
04/13/2020
Welcome

Thank you Staunton Farmers' Market for adapting & promoting a local food networks in these challenging times! We are excited to join the market in a new format: order online from vendors listed on the market website, then meet at the Staunton Wharf Saturdays 8-10am for distance-friendly pick-up. Pure tree syrups pair wonderfully with artisanal cheese from Ballerino Creamery 😋

Thank you Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg for picking up the story about our walnut syrup! With this recent media atte...
03/30/2020
"Liquid gold' brings new attention to Virginia county

Thank you Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg for picking up the story about our walnut syrup! With this recent media attention, we are nearly out of walnut syrup for 2020. Order now if you want a taste of this unique Appalachian flavor. Plenty of maple syrup and delicious maple-walnut blend available 😋 www.tonolowayfarm.com

MCDOWELL, Va, (AP) —

Thank you to Casey and Heather at the The Roanoke Times  for your article about our walnut syrup operation. We're excite...
03/22/2020
'Liquid gold' from walnut trees brings new attention to Highland County

Thank you to Casey and Heather at the The Roanoke Times for your article about our walnut syrup operation. We're excited to share this uniquely Appalachian flavor! Now taking orders online, all hygiene and distancing measures observed. www.tonolowayfarm.com

MCDOWELL — Christoph Herby stands inside his 96-square-foot sugar shed and watches the sap hauled from his black walnut trees boil. Steam rises from the evaporator and the air smells

Needless to say, we are closed to visits for the well-being of our family and community. Let’s take this moment to marve...
03/20/2020

Needless to say, we are closed to visits for the well-being of our family and community. Let’s take this moment to marvel at the natural world springing to life. The red maple buds out, the bees set to work, and the meadows subtly shift from beige to green. While we may feel daunted by uncertain times, we are humbled to watch Mother Nature carry on.

Just finished bottling our first batch of hickory syrup for 2020, and it's a good one! Toasted smokey flavor, rich tanni...
03/18/2020

Just finished bottling our first batch of hickory syrup for 2020, and it's a good one! Toasted smokey flavor, rich tannins.... it tastes like the forest. Now available at www.tonolowayfarm.com

We’re thankful for the online orders that helped us launch our business despite the cancellation of Maple Fest. And we a...
03/16/2020

We’re thankful for the online orders that helped us launch our business despite the cancellation of Maple Fest. And we are glad to be in the syrup business. This would’ve been tricky with pastured turkeys! 🤣 Easy flat rate shipping for all orders through our website! tonolowayfarm.com

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McDowell, VA
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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!