Boost Your System

Boost Your System

The struggle is real.

By the time that this ego-centric virus has seethed its way into your household and bloodstream, there is little reason to run or hide. The best you can do is raise your flag half-mast in surrender, and brace yourself for several days of isolation and sweating through bed clothes.

Despite the plague that swept our house the past two weeks, we still managed to prevail thanks to the time, talents, and healthy immune systems of some terrific team members. We managed to successfully host another amazing wedding, dress our Christmas tree, install a glorious (yes, she’s a beauty) kegerator in The Barn, finish up the plumbing in our catering kitchen, book our 2018, “Cabin Fever Concert Series,” and narrow down our lip-smacking beer selections for the first annual, Brew Year’s Eve Party, this December 31st.

That’s true grit, right there. Alleghany grit.

Next week, we plan on fertilizing the hop yard with several tons of pelletized lime, but, I promise not to bore you too much with those stories. For all newly engaged couples, I hope to share some interesting factoids and unique wedding ideas, and will also be breaching a sensitive subject regarding one of the biggest wedding day mistakes that you can make as a couple. For all of you history buffs, I have plans to write a bit more about our Farm, and finally settle the big, “is it haunted?” question. In the meantime, check out the immune boosting recipe below (courtesy of stay warm, and get your tickets to our Brew Year’s Eve Party! This will be the first event open to the public in our newly refurbished Barn, and we look forward to sharing her beauty with you. Cheers!

Its magical powers take time to harness, so make this elixir now!

  1. 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root
  2. 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 10 cloves of garlic, crushed
  5. Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  6. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves
  8. 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  9. 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  10. raw apple cider vinegar (or Bragg’s)
  11. raw honey to taste


  1. Add the prepared herbs, spices, and lemon juice and zest to a quart-sized jar.
  2. Top off the jar with apple cider vinegar, leaving some room at the top for shaking the jar.
  3. Cover the jar, but place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper under the lid to keep the cider from touching the metal lid.
  4. Shake very well to get everything mixed together, then store in a cool, dry place (like a pantry or cupboard) for a month. Remember to shake the jar daily!
  5. After a month, strain out the pulp through a cheesecloth, pouring the cider into a clean jar. Squeeze out as much liquid from the pulp as possible.
  6. Add 1/4 cup honey to the strained cider and stir well. Taste the cider and, if needed, add more honey to reach desired sweetness.

Administer Daily, & Dose Up!
Take 1 tablespoon a day as a preventive measure, or 3 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold.

Don't Do It!

Don't Do It!

As we sail through what is affectionately known in the wedding industry as “engagement season,” there is one tip that I would like to offer to all new brides-to-be: Don’t buy the dress first!

The first three months of your engagement should be a blissful and magical time where you are allowed to obsessively day dream about your vows & music selections, and exhaust yourself (and your fiancé) surfing the web for inspiration. It is one of the few acceptable times when debating the shade of chartreuse isn’t silly, and discussing the importance of tradition takes on new life. It is also a time when solidifying your wedding date, and choosing your venue are the two most important tasks. The biggest mistake that you can make is to rush out, slip on a gown, and fall in love with your mirrored reflection without knowing the rest of the details.

As a future family heirloom, your dress is one of the most important purchases you will make, but it isn’t necessarily a time sensitive purchase. Having planned countless weddings before becoming a venue owner, I have watched over zealous brides rush out time and time again buying dresses that leave them with buyer’s remorse a year later.

Ladies, (and Gents) the two most important action items to check off your list, are (1) solidifying your date and (2) booking your venue. Purchasing your “dream dress” only to find out that your “dream venue” is booked solid for 2 years, can be heart wrenching. Reserved for an "old world venue," that once perfect, medieval fairy tale gown complete with cathedral veil isn't nearly as flattering when worn self-consciously under the bright lights of a modern art museum venue.

As an event planner, and venue owner here in the Alleghany Highlands, I can assure you that locking in your date and reserving your venue should be your first priority. The Farm at Glen Haven, is a newer wedding venue and we are actively receiving 2018 & 2019 requests, but there are some venues currently booking three years out in advance.

Even after you have booked your venue, remember that there is still a lot that can happen in the 8 months to a year that you will spend engaged. Your style preferences may change, you may gain or lose weight, or you may change your decorative theme mid-process. Most wedding gowns are non-refundable, non-exchangeable investments that range from $1,200-$15,000+, so be sure to budget accordingly, and gift yourself patience.

Planning a wedding can be a joyful, creative and fulfilling process as long as you allow yourself ample time for the changes that you will inevitably want to make. Be sure to knock out the most time sensitive priorities first and then have fun!  Choose your date, choose your venue, choose your theme, and then choose your dress!

Cheers & Happy Engagement!

Thanks & Comfort

Thanks & Comfort

Since my first blog post last week, a lot has happened! I have received emails from a few breweries and people curious about our Hops project, I have received emails regarding the 2018 Homecoming Festival line-up, and I have received some inquiries about 2018 wedding availability. I am going to chalk it up as a successful week- and, for that, I am grateful!

People always ask me if I am a native of Alleghany County, and the answer is, no. In a nutshell, my family moved to the Clifton Forge area and bought “Glen Haven Farm,” in the early 90’s. For sake of reference, I started school here my sophomore year, and graduated from AHS in 1996. Post high school, I served a brief tenure at a North Carolina college and shortly thereafter reintegrated back into the work force. My journeys took me all over the world, and eventually led me back to sweet, Virginia.

In 2007, I unexpectedly lost the man who raised me. Naturally, I was devastated & heart-broken, and I never thought that The Farm, or “coming home,” would ever be the same again after my father’s passing. But, it was the resounding beacon that called me back to Alleghany, and for that I am grateful; it feels good to be home.

We all know that Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and rejoice, but like me, some folks have a challenging time during the holidays. Regardless of the circumstance or distance, a lot of people can’t be with their loved ones, and the distance makes the heart heavy. It is during these times that we need a little more comfort, and like a proper southern girl, I comfort with food. Its’ never too late to make just one more dish for your Thanksgiving feast, and if there is just one more to make the docket, one of these is your ticket. May each of us remember the good times, hold our loved ones close, and count our blessings.

Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!

For the Savory Fix

Glen Haven Thanksgiving Casserole
(Celery haters- don't worry, you won’t even know.)

(1) Can of White Shoepeg Corn (Drained)
(1) Can of French Green Beans (Drained)
½ Cup Diced Celery
½ Cup Diced Green Pepper
½ Cup of Diced Onion
½-1 Cup of Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese (We always add a little more than just ½ cup)
½ Cup of Sour Cream (Small container)
1 Can Cream of Celery Soup
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Hand mix the above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Grease or spray casserole dish with Pam, or lining of choice, and then in a separate mixing bowl, add one small box of crushed Cheezit’s and 1 small pack of slivered almonds. Stir in 1 stick of melted butter by hand, and toss until your topping is coated. Pour casserole mixture into dish and then top with crust mixture. Bake at 300, or 325 degrees for 30-45 minutes until bubbling. Allow casserole to cool so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth like me (every time) and then serve it up! 

For the Sweet Fix

Glen Haven 24 Hour Salad
(Make 1 Day in Advance.)

(2) Cans of Pineapple Tidbits (Drained)
(1) lb Bag of Marshmallows (miniature)
¼ lb Almonds (Slivered or Chopped. Feel free to omit, or add more/less as desired) * Toast em! But, watch them closely, or they will burn. For real though.
(1) Pint of Whipping Cream

¾ Cup of Milk
(6) Egg Yolks
(3) Tablespoon Vinegar
(3) Tablespoon Sugar
(1) Tablespoon flour
(1) Teaspoon Salt

Add dressing ingredients to a double boiler and cook until thick, and then set aside and let cool. While dressing is cooling, pour whipping cream into a mixing bowl and beat it with a blender until stiff and full of air. When you think you have beat it enough, beat is again. When you have finally killed the cream and your dressing is properly cooled, find a large mixing bowl, or serving dish (with lid) and hand mix your dressing, marshmallows, pineapple, and almonds while folding in the whipping cream. After you have tasted this illegal concoction put a lid on in, stick it in the fridge, and do your best to stay out of it until the next day. Enjoy!




Hello there, and thanks for taking the time to read our blog! Having never blogged before, I am hoping that this turns into a cathartic, weekly experience both beneficial and entertaining to the reader.

People ask me all the time what exactly it is that we do here at The Farm. Some folks are under the notion that we host crazy parties and bring in live music to the Alleghany Highlands, and some people know us better for being a wedding venue. And, then there are others that have no clue whatsoever that we host any type of event at The Farm, and associate us only with hops growing and the massive black locust poles that are seemingly growing out of our back field. 
For the longest time, I didn't know how to answer the question of what we do here. Initially, I would get flooded with excitement and gush out some sloppy, tongue-tied version, only to be met with raised eyebrows, and a "Good luck with that.”  It was a challenge, because well, we do all of these things, and quite frankly, our business is still young and taking shape. I feel confident that I have finally formulated a condensed version, which flows much more eloquently from the lips, and here it is: “The Farm at Glen Haven, is a boutique hops farm and event venue in southwestern Virginia.”
Whew! That wasn’t hard, what took me so long?

Our end goal is to open up a brewery in Alleghany County, Virginia, serving up farm to pint goodness, but for now we are working on branding ourselves as a Hops Farm and Event Venue. It all sounds very exciting on paper and in conversation, but the reality is that it can be very discouraging at times. On some levels the outpour of community support has been fantastic, but at times it feels as though our own neighbors don’t know when we are hosting a concert. One would think that word would spread quickly in such a small-town community, but the truth is, a lot of people in Alleghany County still don’t know that we are here.  

And so we trudge forward with our freak flags flying, because we have faith in the process. So, if you have not yet liked us yet on Facebook, shoot on over and give us some love. And, if you have had the opportunity to come to one of our events, drop us a review & tell your friends. Our next event, is “Brew Year’s Eve,” this December 31st, and we hope to see you there! For more information, visit our Events page Here!