Anyone that visits Polyface Farms typically comes back with an appreciation for the land, and for the amazing Salatin family that operate this completely sustainable, non-industrial food production farm just outside of Staunton. The family has a deep love for the land, and are wise in the ways of using old world methods for working around the farm. They do not use any large scale production innovations, and instead have completely taken the theme of organic and local to a whole other level. Owner Joel Salatin and his unconventional farming methods have been featured in numerous publications and even documentaries such as Food, Inc. and book, The Omnivores Dilemma. Joel and three generations of his family own and run the farm. They use rotation methods which defy most all standard farming rules. The symbiosis of the land and their methods is something truly amazing to witness.
The farm hosts Free Range Saturdays during many dates in the summer season and feature live music, arts and crafts for sale from local artists, fresh food and herbs, homemade and homegrown items. The farm also offers a self guided tour, and a $200 per person farm tour for educational groups. There is a 'Lunatic' Hayride tour for ages 13 and up led twice a month. You can also inquire about tagging along on their farm work day. The family is extremely busy running and caring for the farm and all of its livestock and animals. They truly do welcome visitors, but they have a very strict policy with regards to their tours and their time.
Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is filled with vineyards, wineries, and cool farms that are wonderful Virginia agritourism locales to visit. If you are looking for something fun to do one afternoon check out Polyface Farms. Be sure to bring along cash or checks because the farm sells delicious grass fed organic farm beef, pork, eggs, chicken, turkeys, and rabbits. Diversified farming is truly something that this family is passionate about, and if you love delicious organic meats, you'll definitely want to shop at this local farm while you are in town.
Phone Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday Eastern Time
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays
By appointment Monday-Friday afternoons, please call to schedule.
They accept cash and checks only at the on-site farm store. No credit cards.
Winter Hours: December 15-February 29 – The farm store will only be open on Saturdays 9am-4pm for the rejuvenation of the Salatin families.
Holiday Hours: The farm store will be closed the Friday after Thanksgiving and Saturdays after Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Joel & Teresa Salatin
43 Pure Meadows Lane
Swoope, VA 24479
Daniel & Sheri Salatin
115 Pure Meadows Lane
Swoope, VA 24479