John and Nancy Hellerman, Goodwin Creek Farm & Bakery
What They Do: Bake bread and sell vegetables and eggs. They plan to open a produce stand by the road and to create a program through which visitors can come work on the farm.
Where You’ll Find Them: In Afton, 30 minutes from Charlottesville; www.aftonvirginia.com
Specialty: Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Italian-style ciabatta (made by Nancy)
Where To Get It: Greenwood Gourmet Grocery, Blue Mountain Brewery, and Revolutionary Soup.
How They Got Started: “I bought the farm with my family four years ago,” John says, “and we knew we were going to do some kind of business here. Now, we almost have more business than we want.”
Why They Love It: “The viability of family farms is coming back, and it’s neat to be part of that,” John adds. “I know the family that we bought this from, and they produced a lot of their own food here, from cows to chickens to hogs. So we’re keeping the land in use and trying to continue a tradition of family farms.”