Here at Bluemont Vineyard, we’re excited to kick off our Farm to Table Fridays this week — with special fare showcasing fresh meats and produce from our area’s best local farms!
Friday, July 7th we’ll be featuring all natural beef from nearby Audley Farm. Stop in for our beef & vegetable skewers!
Meantime, here’s a little background on this historic plantation…
Audley Farm dates back to 1749, when the original owners purchased 3,000 acres of lush farmland in Berryville, Virginia.
In the early 1900’s, Audley served as a horse farm, and has grown into both a world-class thoroughbred training facility, and a successful cattle farm.
The equine side of the operation includes a training stable, mare and yearling barns, and a mile long track (the length of 17 football fields)! Audley’s thoroughbred lineage boasts some famous pedigrees, such as Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner in 1919. Audley is also the birthplace of Bodemeister, who took 2nd place in the 2012 Kentucky Derby — and went on to sire this year’s Derby winner, Always Dreaming.
Audley’s distinguished history includes some presidential ties as well!
In the 1800’s, Nelly Washington lived in the Audley House in the middle of the plantation, after her husband’s death near Mt. Vernon. Nelly was the granddaughter of our nation’s -first- First Lady, Martha Washington, and was known to be quite the “social butterfly”.
When the house reopened in 1999 for events, many Audley staff claim that Nelly “came to life” — knocking on doors and making frequent appearances…apparently never wanting to miss a present-day party!
In 2001, Audley Farm started buying cattle to help “mow” and fertilize the pastures. They started a small beef program in 2010, raising their Black Angus cows to be all-natural, with no shots or antibiotics. The seedstock cattle are bred for specific traits, such as marbling, fat content and ribeye size. In 2013, Audley started selling beef locally…
“We were going to see if people wanted to know their source, know where they’re getting their food, and we started providing a beef program,” says Turner Kobayashi, Audley Farm’s General Manager. “We don’t provide to a lot of restaurants. We want to be a local community supplier.”
Although mostly a private business, they open their farm stand to the public on Wednesdays from 4-7pm for beef purchases, and operate a quarterly beef club for a small number of members.
Head out to Bluemont this Friday and sample some of their delicious beef, which pairs beautifully with our peppery Cabernet Franc!