Eric Plaksin and Rachel Bynum have been cultivating 10 acres of ecologically grown produce at Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville since 2000. Their farming methods are all ecologically based and sustainable, and they use only organic inputs (no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers). In addition to growing vegetables and flowers, they have a flock of 200 pastured laying hens on the farm.
Waterpenny Farm is the family’s sole source of income. They direct market all the farm’s produce, selling at farmer’s markets in Arlington on Saturdays; and in Takoma Park, MD on Sundays.
They also offer 100 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares, which are delivered to Arlington, Warrenton, and Falls Church on Wednesdays and picked up on the farm on Thursdays. CSA members sign up in March for a weekly share of seasonal vegetables from the farm, from June to the beginning of October. Finally, customers can buy Waterpenny produce at a self-serve farm stand in the green barn ¼ mile up our lane, open to the public Thursday-Sunday in season.
Find more information at www.waterpennyfarm.com
53 Waterpenny Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740
- Waterpenny Lane is on the North side of route 211 just east of Sperryville—drive 1/4 mile up Waterpenny Lane to the green barn for our produce and farm tour activities. (We are not associated with Jenkins’ Fruit stand by the highway at the end of our Lane.)
Farm Tour Weekend Schedule:
At the Rappahannock Farm Tour, participants can take a 1-mile self-guided tour of the farm highlighting Waterpenny’s farming methods.
In the barn, they’ll have a chance to see water pennies and other creatures from our nearby stream in a fish tank, and can also shop and take home some fresh produce from the self-serve farm stand.
Non Profits Joining Waterpenny Farm:
RappFLOW (Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of Our Watersheds) volunteers will be here to educate about Rappahannock’s streams, how to be good stewards, and other RappFLOW activities. Kids are welcome! We have a shady area, chalk to draw with, swings on a tree, and a climbing structure. Also potable water to fill your water bottle.
Kid friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Handicap Accessible? No