Tonoloway Farm

Tonoloway Farm New farm in the Appalachian Highlands of Virginia, producing native tree syrups from maple, walnut and hickory. We also grow shiitake and oyster mushrooms in wild forest conditions.

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

Quiet day at Tonoloway. No tours or tastings due to health precautions, but Laika the sugardog is happy to greet visitor...
03/14/2020

Quiet day at Tonoloway. No tours or tastings due to health precautions, but Laika the sugardog is happy to greet visitors.

New for 2020... social distancing! While we are closed for maple festival due to COVID precautions, our hiking trails ar...
03/13/2020

New for 2020... social distancing! While we are closed for maple festival due to COVID precautions, our hiking trails are open and marked. We find that fresh air and tranquility do wonders for health & spirit. To avoid group gatherings, we will not be offering tastings or tours, but syrup is available for pick-up on an individual basis.

Sugarmaker's breakfast = Swiss bircher muesli with currants, wild black raspberries & topped with #maplesyrup. All ingre...
03/08/2020

Sugarmaker's breakfast = Swiss bircher muesli with currants, wild black raspberries & topped with #maplesyrup. All ingredients except the oats and apple cider vinegar locally sourced from Virginia's "little Switzerland" (#HighlandCountyVA). The picture does not do justice but sharing our family recipe so you can try for yourself. Using frozen berries or dried fruit and apples allows you to incorporate local fruits in the heart of winter. Soaking the grains overnight helps to release the nutrients in the grains, make them more digestible and also makes for a quick morning breakfast!

Virginia friends, we need extra hands for maple festival! Join us March 14, 15, 21 or 22nd and we'll happily trade syrup...
03/07/2020

Virginia friends, we need extra hands for maple festival! Join us March 14, 15, 21 or 22nd and we'll happily trade syrup for your help. Please share, and send a personal message if interested :-)

Tonoloway Farm's cover photo
03/01/2020

Tonoloway Farm's cover photo

It’s finally here! More than a year in the planning and set-up, we’ve tapped 300+ black walnut trees to yield just a few...
02/29/2020

It’s finally here! More than a year in the planning and set-up, we’ve tapped 300+ black walnut trees to yield just a few precious gallons of walnut syrup. Blended with our maple syrup, it adds nutty complexity and depth of flavor. Yummmmmzzzz! Come for a taste at Maple Festival! #forestfarming #walnutsyrup #appalachianfood #tonolowayfarm

02/26/2020

Sure is hectic hauling sap and boiling syrup, but the view out the office window ain’t too shabby!

02/23/2020

Some syrup makers have a sugar house, some work in a sugar shack, while we have a humble little shed where the magic happens. Video tour of today’s production!

Wooooohoooooo new labels for 2020! First batch is finished and bottled! #forestfood #maplesyrup #appalachia
02/22/2020

Wooooohoooooo new labels for 2020! First batch is finished and bottled! #forestfood #maplesyrup #appalachia

02/19/2020

What are we boiling? It’s hot and sweet and comes from the woods, but it ain’t maple syrup!

02/17/2020

Long steamy evenings in our sugar shack. Starting to get a solid reserve of syrup for the 2020 Highland County Maple Festival!

02/13/2020

Haulin’ maple sap

02/12/2020

Maple sap is flowing like crazy. We’ve gathered more than 1900 gallons of sap so far, with late nights boiling into syrup. The season is here!

Well it might be the smallest maple house in all the Appalachians, but we’re excited for our first boil today in our new...
02/09/2020

Well it might be the smallest maple house in all the Appalachians, but we’re excited for our first boil today in our new sugar shed.

Tonoloway Farm's cover photo
02/08/2020

Tonoloway Farm's cover photo

02/08/2020

From 68 maple taps in 2019 to 628 in 2020... the sugar shed is ready, our lines are up, and were excited for syrup season!

Just a few days before we tap maple trees. Hard to believe all these tanks will soon be full of sap!
01/29/2020

Just a few days before we tap maple trees. Hard to believe all these tanks will soon be full of sap!

Beautiful reflection on the complex, paradoxical history of people, plants & life in the Shenandoah Valley. Thank you Bl...
12/11/2019
Blacks Run Forest Farm

Beautiful reflection on the complex, paradoxical history of people, plants & life in the Shenandoah Valley. Thank you Blacks Run Forest Farm

We feel farming as a work of tender love, and we need to share a story, full of grief and praise, about this place, the Shenandoah Valley.

Our love requires us to tell the truth: this land, beloved by us, is the site of violence through displacement, enslavement, a civil war about the right to expand both, and a capitalist industrial agriculture dependent on fossil fuels and poorly-paid workers. And here we are, working for healing and repair and love. This is an uncomfortable form of respect to offer this place and its history, not easily made peaceful with our colonizing presence. And yet we must talk about affection, about reparation, about gratitude, about remediating the toxins that pollute our souls, society, and soil. Our hope is that we can become like medicinal herbs, native or naturalized, for one another and our homes, for as long as we need to be here. Hopefully, we can all grow a culture where it’s easier to love, be loved, and be free from violence and waste.

This is where we are.

https://www.blacksrunforestfarm.org/rooted

Thank you Staunton Farmers' Market for welcoming us today. What a great vibe! We’re excited to return next season with m...
10/13/2019

Thank you Staunton Farmers' Market for welcoming us today. What a great vibe! We’re excited to return next season with more Highland County maple syrup and other forest foods. #goodsfromthewoods #forestfarming

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9943 Highland Turnpike
McDowell, VA
24458

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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!