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Amanda & Jonathan

Their Story 

It all started on the 2nd day of business school at James Madison University. An instant attraction led Amanda & Jonathan to date for 2 years before being married on June 25, 2011.


“We were planning the wedding before he even proposed” Amanda giggled, “We knew we were going to be married, we had deposits on everything!”


But even the night of the proposal they were both so nervous. At a very nice Chinese restaurant this nontraditional couple ate duck, while nervously awaiting what would happen next. Jonathan had planned an elaborate fortune cookie operation. After having typed up a fortune proposal, that said “you will be with the person across from you forever,” he carefully put it back into the cookie, and glued the cookie back together; he sat and waited for Amanda to crack it open. Cookie time finally came, Amanda snatched her fortune cookie, cracked it open, and plopped the half glued portion into her month. Jonathan, who was not expecting her to even eat the cookie, began freaking out and trying everything he could to get her to spit out a cookie covered in glue. Amanda, who had no idea what was going on, but thought that she may have eaten the ring, spit the cookie out into her napkin. The surprised was ruined, a cookie had botched Jonathan’s sweet proposal. After laughing and clearing up what had just happened Jonathan asked, “Can I propose now?” As they laughed about it all Amanda of course said yes, and they were off to the races. 



With a proposal 6 weeks before the wedding date, there was no time to waste. Originally the two were thinking of having their reception at her parent’s house in Haymarket. But with the concern of rain, a need for firm footing, and a little over 130 guests to accommodate, the house was just not big enough. So the search for a reception location was on. Thanks to a battle with an unfriendly gopher, Amanda’s father constantly had to come to The Farm to replace a shrub that the gopher kept eating. On one of these trips he noticed a party happening at The Pavilion, and thought it would be the perfect place for Amanda & Jonathan’s reception.



Amanda & Jonathan made an appointment and immediately liked it! “It fit our style. It was simple, we liked the breeze that came through, it was very pretty, and we really liked the scenic points of interests.  Jon loved the peacocks! He tried to come up with a plan on how to involve them in the reception. Thankfully when the day came, he forgot all about the peacocks” laughed Amanda.




“A big thing that was really great about The Pavilion was that it is handicap accessible. With our older guests, that was a concern.” On June 25th there was no concern. Amanda, Jonathan, and their guests danced the night away under the stars. 





 “One of my girlfriends like it so much, she is getting married at The Pavilion next June.”



Teal, Purple, hints of yellow, with white accents 





Expert Photography, by Kacie Lynch 



Why Should I Eat Zucchini?

If you are like me, you see zucchini everywhere, but are unsure about it for a few reasons. Like first off is it a fruit or a vegetable? How healthy is it? And what are some tasty recipes that I can make with it?

Well it is botanically a fruit. However, in gastronomic terms, it is considered to be a vegetable. So its both! 

Now this could be the best part about zucchini - IT IS SO HEALTHY! And better yet low in calories! 1 medium sized zucchini has just 25 calories in it, making it an ideal stomach-filler for those trying to lose weight.

Here is a quick glance at the Nutritional Value of Zucchini


Given below is the amount of nutrients present in 135 gm, raw zucchini:

  • Calories: 17 

  • Protein: 1.4 gm

  • Carbohydrate: 3.6 gm
  • Total Fat: 0.17 gm
  • Fiber: 1.5 gm
  • Vitamin C: 11 mg 

Here are some of the Health Benefits of Zucchini : 


  • Zucchini helps cure asthma, as it contains Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. 

  • The vegetable is known to help prevent diseases like scurvy and bruising, caused by the deficiency of vitamin C.

  • Regular intake of zucchini effectively lowers high homocysteine levels in the human body.
  • The vegetable can help prevents risk of having multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Zucchinis have high water content (over 95%), high nutritious value and contain a very low amount of calories, so they make the perfect snack item for people on diet. 
  • The vegetable contains useful amounts of folate, potassium, and vitamin A, necessary for proper functioning of the human body.
  • Zucchini contains Vitamin C and lutein, both of which are known to be good for the eyes.
  • The vegetable is a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, manganese and a lot of other nutrients.
  • Eating zucchini is known to help the body in supporting the arrangement of capillaries.
  • Regular consumption of the vegetable can help protect the body against colon cancer. 
  • Zucchini is believed to be beneficial in preventing heart disease and related symptoms, such as high cholesterol.
  • The rind of zucchini contains the nutrient beta-carotene, which is known to be full of antioxidant properties and thus, helps protect cells against oxidation damage.
  • The vegetable proves to be a good source of magnesium and phosphorus, the nutrients essential for building and maintaining healthy bones.
  • Zucchini is rich in vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant that can provide protection against cardiovascular disease.



Ok now that we know how RIDICULOUSLY healthy zucchini is for us -- LETS EAT IT

www.EatingWell.com Has many AMAZING, yummy, and really healthy recipes that are easy to follow. My favorite for zucchini is the fresh Garden Pizza

The Entire recipe and Nutrition facts is found here: 


Now you know why should eat zucchini, and how to eat it now all you have to do is go out and get some!

Don't worry your FAVORITE Farm- The Farm at Broad Run-has Fresh Picked Zucchini available!!! Come on down and pick some up! 

See you at the Farm


Perennials of the Week!

  ‘Mary Todd’ Daylily

I know these were ‘Perennial of the Week’ last week, but I had to add them again because they just look amazing in the nursery right now! ‘Mary Todd’ has one of the biggest flowers in the Daylily group, and is sure to impress with its 6” blooms!

Was $9.99, now $6.00! Hurry in while these look spectacular!



 ‘Strawberry Candy’ Daylily.

2 dayliles on special this week, what gives?

Well this is the time for Daylilies to look their best, and if you want to spruce up your garden for the 4thof July, just add a couple of daylilies to your flower beds! These sun loving perennial provides pink flowers with a red center on 2’ canes. They make great cut flowers for that fresh flower arrangement and better yet these are a repeat bloomer!  


All Helleborous (Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose) are $4 off!

Choose from numerous varieties such as ‘SP Bridget’, ‘Ivory Prince’, ‘HCG Cinnamon Snow’ and many others! These winter blooming perennials bring a great accent of color to any shade garden!



Bell Flower

This little perennial does great in sun and shade! Small blue or white (dependent on the variety you purchase) has cup shaped flowers that provide interest along borders in the garden or when planted as a mass.

These attract hummingbirds when they bloom in the summer and are rabbit resistant! Was $4.99, now only $3.00!!


How To Have The Perfect Outdoor Wedding

Today’s brides and grooms are increasingly interested in outdoor weddings.  Here at The Farm at Broadrun, we’ve created a beautiful setting to host your spectacular day. Being outdoors gives a sense of relaxation, freedom and visual incitement that four walls match just cant. Disclosing your vows and saying “I do” with a slight breeze in the air and the sun setting behind the trees is romantic and unforgettable. Having your wedding outdoors does come with some unpredictable elements! However, with a little planning and a bit of affability nothing will stand in the way of experiencing all the best of your special day.

When choosing a outdoor venue determine if a “plan B” is needed in the event of uncooperative weather. Additional tenting may be necessary in the occurrence of heavy rain, storms or high winds. Consider the seasonal temperatures to determine if additional heating or cooling may be necessary to keep you and your guests content.

You will also want to consider your clothing and lets not forget the shoes. Think about the style of your gown and your comfort while mingling with your guests. Have fun with it and choose lightweight romantic dresses for the bridesmaids with lengths not to get caught on the outdoor surfaces. High-heeled shoes aren’t always the best for grassy conditions so consider going with some trendy flats.  In early spring and fall, you may want to contemplate adding a decorative layer to enjoy the falling temperatures that arrive with the onset of the evening.  And certainly don’t forget about the man you love and his groomsmen, a traditional tux may just not be the perfect option.

We share our outdoor spaces with many admirable creatures, and to be honest some we’d prefer to admire from afar. Remember that many types of insects are attracted to flowers; so keep your arrangements simple and elegant. In the same way bees are attracted to flowers mosquitoes can be attracted to you. To keep them at a distance use citronella candles and torches to keep them at bay. They also love perfumes and colognes so think about going au natural on the big day.

Talk to your photographer in advance. Discuss your backup plan and ask for suggestions in the event of poor weather conditions. Photographers often remark at how amazing photographs are in the rain. Clouds seem to filter the suns harsh rays and create the perfect lighting.

Any professional caterer will know how to handle the open air, but put yourself at ease make sure they are familiar with the site, its specific amenities and how important it is to you that they are prepared for weather related surprises.

With a little planning the unexpected becomes expected! And when Mother Nature does in fact arrive (have you left her off your list?) and potentially brings an unruly guest relax, enjoy and laugh. You have plan B! Remember that rain on your wedding day does not mean bad luck it simply means that the atmosphere was sufficiently unstable to support anymore rising air and consequently, precipitation.

Happy Planning!

For more information check out the July issue of Brides and Weddings of Northern Virginia. 


If you frequent the farm, I am sure that you have noticed by now, that we are tomato people. With tomato season approaching, we would just like to share with you, how much we really care for this odd fruit and how many of your grocery store tomatoes are a lackluster bunch.


According to Kurt Michael Friese's newest article in the huffingtonpost, the modern tomato is flawed. The article is focused around the two-time James Beard Award- wining journalist Barry Estabrook's newest book, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed our Most Alluring Fruit. "Estabrook tells us why the modern factory-farmed tomato in most grocery stores is a poster child for nearly everything that is wrong with industrial agriculture. A recent USDA study, he points out, says that the average tomato of today, the kind on your Whopper or Taco Bell taco, has "30 percent less vitamin C, 30 percent less thiamin 19 percent less niacin, and 62 percent less calcium than it did in the 1960s. But that modern tomato does shame its 1960s counterpart in one respect: It contains 14 times as much sodium."?This is because the tomatoes grown in the fields in and around Immokalee, Florida, where nearly one third of the tomatoes consumed in the U.S. are grown, are bred for one thing and one thing only. And it's not flavor, and it's not nutrition. It's shipability, period. To qualify as grade A in that department, it needs to be a specific size, and a specific shape, and it needs to be picked while still green and rock hard. In fact, Estabrook relays a story of nearly losing control of his car as it was pelted with the tough green orbs bouncing off the back of a tractor-trailer on a Florida highway. The fruits hit the pavement at 60 mph and rolled to the gravel shoulder unscathed.That truck was likely headed to one of the many enormous warehouses in the area, which "force-ripen" the fruit by smothering them with ethylene gas. This process does make them red, but it does not truly ripen them. Thus the sugars are nowhere near as developed as the ones in your back yard will be and the result is the mealy pink baseballs in your grocer's produce section right now.

Our enormous appetite for having pretty much any food available to us at anytime of year has led to a system where yes, you can have a tomato in February, but the cost is a lot more than the $1.25/lb you're likely to pay at your local Wal-Mart. It comes at the cost of enormous environmental damage and shocking worker abuse. It utilizes thousands of migrant workers, some of whom are undocumented, and many of whom live and work in literal slave conditions. And since the muggy lowlands of Florida are not native habitat, a tomato plant there can fall victim to as many as 27 separate insect species and 29 different diseases, necessitating a plethora of chemicals that are as hard on the workers and the land as they are on the pests. Then there's the 31 different fungicides in use. The list goes on." 

Now here is the not so scary part about our beloved fruit. At The Farm at Broad Run we have fresh, locally grown tomatoes that are grown from our love of tomatoes, and how great they taste, and how fresh they are, not how great they can be shipped. We also have tomatoes that you can grow yourself. So that they are the freshest and most nutrient filled that they can be. After reading this article you shouldn't be scared of tomatoes, you should just know your grower. And The Farm at Broad Run is an organic, locally grown, pesticide FREE!

Come check out some of the best heirlooms in Northern Virginia! 

Right now you can buy 1 gallon Tomatoes for only $5 - these are not only affordable, but the freshest and healthiest tomatoes out there! 



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