Where love of life, land, and laughter - live!
Where love of life, land, and laughter - live!
Dottie Wiggles warming herself by the stove.

News From the Farm, February 3, 2015

Hi Folks,

Neil and I have spent the month of January doing much needed maintenance (un-decorated the winery from Christmas, bottled three new wines, refinished the floors in the restaurant, did the taxes for the farms, winery and restaurant ,and worked out the vegetable farm and vineyard farm plans for 2015.)  We are both SO ready to get back outside.  Once I hammer out this Newsletter and help Neil gather some firewood, I'll be in the high tunnels with my hands in the dirt again! Can't wait!! 

What a difference a year makes!  Last year about this time we were experiencing below zero temps and record snowfalls.  I know, I know... We aren't even close to being out of the woods yet.  But the moon is perfect for seeding ALL my favorite spring vegetables (lettuce, arugula, onions, spinach, carrots, kolrabi, broccoli, and BEETS!) It might snow 3 feet next week  - but it might not, so that's what I'm going to go do just as soon as I hit the send button on this Newsletter!  

This is the beginning of our vegetable farm's 10th growing season and the vineyard's 16th!  Every year at this time I seem to have the same "revelation" about time - and how much of it (and how fast !) has gone by.  Neil and I are so grateful to have the good health and opportunity to do what we do, and to get so much joy from it! (We just have to do it a little slower each year...)  

Although 2014 started out with great difficulty, it turned out to be an outstanding year. Heavy snow and sub zero temps last January and February took a toll on the high tunnels and 1/3 of the grapevines in the vineyard. It hit us hard both physically and financially in repairs and replanting - but that's farming.  As Aunt Ruby always said, "It could have been worse". Once we rebuilt and replanted, the year took off and flew by. Weather was good, vegetable harvests were plentiful, bug and weed pressure was minimal, we made some outstanding wines, and traffic to the winery, restaurant, and farmers markets was way up over 2013.  Yay!

BUT the BEST thing that happened in 2014 was our partnership with Chef Christian Froelich.  After an 8 month "courtship", Christian took over the restaurant at Sanders Ridge last August. We are SO FORTUNATE to have someone with his talent, passion, and experience running the restaurant, catering, and special event businesses.  See Chef 's bio and more about The Hearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge.  Thanks to Chef and to Neil's daughter Jennifer who is managing the winery,  I am a much happier, calmer, and sane Cindy. I'm hoping to have more time this year to do more outreach activities (farm workshops and tours, mentoring emerging farmers and others interested in transitioning to sustainable gardening and farming, and cranking out more News from the Farm like I was able to do "pre-restaurant and winery"!)

I am SO EXCITED about 2015!

So many of you are already asking about the Food Guild (CSA) and Farmers Market schedules!  So, I have hammered out all of the details and posted it up on our web site.  Just follow this link to the Farm's homepage on the Sanders Ridge web site.  You'll find links within the pages and on the left menu of those pages to take you to the pricing, dates, and the sign up form and instructions.

I thank you for your interest and time and will write again soon to keep you posted on what's happening on the farm.  (I'll be adding photos on the web site as the season progresses.)  I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon at the winery, restaurant, and farmers markets!

(Note: If you are receiving this email and are not interested in the News from the Farm, or the Food Guild, please forward it to someone who might be. And if you prefer not to receive future emails from the Farm reply and I will make it so!)

Warm regards,


336 414-5775 

Where to Find Us:

Sanders Ridge Winery & Restaurant

3200 Round Hill Rd

Boonville, NC 27011

Phone: 336-677-1700

GPS Coordinates:  36.196234  -80.671353




Winery Tasting Room  

Daily (EVERY day) - Noon-5 p.m.
(Closed Easter Sunday)

(Closed Easter Sunday)

Monday-Friday -
Gourmet Brown Bag menu available Noon-5 p.m.
(Large group preorders by Sunday recommended) 

Saturdays & Sundays - 
Lunch & Brunch served 11:30-3:00

Resevations strongly recommended 336-677-1700


New Spring Hours

Beginning April 6...

Friday-Saturday 11:30-3
Sunday Brunch 11:30-3


Thursday-Saturday 5:30-9


Boxed Lunches available


Thursday Night Suppers

5:30-8 pm


Guest Caterers Gaye & Curt Baity of Branch Bakery and the former Battle Branch Cafe offer up some true Southern Cookin' each Thursday!  


Reservations Recommended


Thursday March 22 Menu - $14.50/person:

Choice of Lasagna or Lemon Pepper Chicken over Mediterranean Pasta with salad, bread & fresh bruchetta appetizers.  

Dessert: Eclair cake $5 or Italian Cream Cheese Cake $6


Also this month...


PRIME RIB Saturday! March 24

Choice of Entree:
Savory Prime Rib $28.95/person
- or -
Chicken Cordon Bleu $16.95/person
Includes: Garden Salad, Twice Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Bread,Tea/coffee


Carolina Country Dance Classes


Sundays, April 8 & April 29 - 3-5 pm


  • Instruction by Lisa Konczal of Lisa Konczal Productions
  • One glass of wine/sangria
  • Light appetizers
  • Learn line dances, the two-step and more!
  • Prize for person with the Best Western Wear!

$25/under 21 years old, $30/over 21.  Reservations recommended 336-677-1700.


Wine Club Pickup Party - Mixology Class


Saturday, March 24 3-5 pm


Join us for a fun class creating wine cocktails with Sallie from Sallie's Greatest!  

  • All ingredients including mixers & wine
  • Light appetizers served
  • Fun class! 
  • Wine club members FREE!  Plus pick up your spring shipment!

$20/person, wine club members FREE!  Reservations required 336-677-1700.

Prime Rib Dinner


Saturday, March 24 6-8:30 pm


Prime Rib ($26.95/person) or Chicken Cordon Bleu ($16.95/person) served with twice baked potatoes, salad & rolls.  


Reservations required 336-677-1700.

Essential Oils Class


Saturday, April 21 3-5 pm


  • Learn which essential oils are best for skin care and your specific needs
  • Create your own body scrub to take home
  • Light Appetizers
  • Sangria

Reservations required $25/person 336-677-1700


Like us on Facebook

Tweets from Sanders Ridge Winery @SandersRidgeVin
Print Print | Sitemap
© Sanders Ridge Incorporated