It’s About Business!
Agriculture continues to be important to the local economy with a number of Centennial farms still in operation by original Caroline families. Others like Robbie Caruthers, of Triple Crown Produce moved to Caroline to live at historic Newmarket Plantation, rediscovering family roots, while cultivating many hundreds of acres. Brian and Kim Criley of Slow Grown in Virginia are fairly new to the area, but are making the most of a beautiful track of land in the Woodford area. (Slow Grown in Virginia Website.) In this picture below, of the Town of Bowling Green’s Farmer’s Market, Cheryl English of English Acres Nursery is shown with former Market Manager, Mark Mallin holding up her wares for sale. Jeff often challenges folks who say you can’t buy it locally. You’d be surprised what Caroline has to offer if you take a look.
“Beazley’s Pumpkin Patch Might Be The Only Place In The Fredericksburg Area Where People Can Buy Exotic Items Like Australian Blue Or Red-Warted Pumpkins, Then Pick A Bag Of Kale And Collard Greens For $2. The Unusual Combination Is In Addition To Pear-Shaped Gourds Turned Into Birdhouses, Snakelike Gourds Painted Like Santa Claus And A Garden-Variety Pumpkin Decorated To Look Like Dracula With A Black Stem And White Fangs. “I Just Look At Them And Figure Out What I Can Make From Them,” Said Linda Beazley, The Creative Half Of The Mom-And-Pop Operation In Caroline County. A.W. Beazley Is The Grower. On The 300-Acre Family Farm On Beazley Lane, Off U.S. 301 South Of Bowling Green, He Raises Pumpkins Of Various Shapes And Colors, Along With Gourds, Straw And Corn Stalks.” 2011 Article In The Free Lance Star Newspaper By Chelyn Davis