8 Boredom Busters for Summer Fun at the Corner Market

School's outSo, school’s been out for over a week, and you’re officially out of ideas. The kids are bored, and as the parent, you find yourself counting down the days until school starts again. The Fall Festival doesn’t kick off for another 81 days, so you can’t wear them out on our giant slides, but our retail market does offer some low-key fun when you need a change of scenery. Here’s how to entertain the kiddos for a couple hours with a (mostly free) visit to the Corner Market:

  1. Feed the goats: For $1, you can purchase a cup of goat food to feed the “kids” through the fence, or you can try your luck with clover for free. Remember to say hello to Chewie the llama and check out his new haircut!IMG_4669
  2. Play on the train and boat! These wooden play structures are always a big hit our younger visitors.
  3. Rock the porch swing: Hidden in the shade around the side of our market barn, you’ll find an old porch swing… the perfect place to relax after all that playing!
  4. Have a picnic! You’re welcome to bring snacks or a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables around the market.
  5. *Insiders Only* Pick flowers! While they last, you can cut your own flowers from our flower beds and create your own beautiful arrangement. Just stop by the cashier to pick up the scissors, and we’ll show you the way! (Pricing for Pick-Your-Own bouquets is the same as our cut-flower arrangements.)


6. Find the cat: “Black & White” is our tuxedo cat-in-residence at the Corner Market. She spends most of her day lounging around in the shade. You can get some practice searching with our weekly Facebook #findcatfriday photo

B&W on train

7. Cool off: Take a refreshing walk through the cool mist near the barn.

8. Shuck it: Pick up some fresh Virginia sweet corn on your way out, and then get the kids to help shuck it before dinner!

The Corner Market is open from 10-7 during the week and 9-7 Saturday and Sunday. For more info on Summer at the Corner Market, visit our website.



Remember when plants had one job, like to sit there and look pretty? We want our gardens to sustain and nourish our bodies, soothe our souls, attract butterflies and hummingbirds, feed birds, repel mosquitos and deer, all while looking great. Here are some multi-tasking plants that are up to the challenge:

IMG_5399Marigold – The good old marigold…that hardy, traditional and multi-functional annual.  Attracting butterflies while repelling insects and attracting birds.  Who could ask for more?

yellow hibiscus

Hibiscus – This tropical beauty attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.  Plus, if your vacation becomes a staycation, you can marvel at the beautiful blooms and feel as though you got away from it all!

lavender_plants_r620x349Lavender – The fragance is delightful and unique.  It’s deer and rabbit resistant, attracts bees and butterflies, too.  If that’s not enough, lavender is low maintenance, drought resistant and so much more!  Check out this recipe for Lemon-Lavender Shortbread Cookies

bee balmBee Balm  This perennial is not only a looker when in bloom but has so many other talents.  It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.  Also called wild bergamont, the leaves are used in tea and it is said to provide bee sting relief. It’s also known for other medicinal purposes.


Lantana – The deer may shy way from this annual but the butterflies won’t and it’s drought resistant.  Looks great in hanging baskets, combo pots or as an edge in a garden.  The vibrant little blooms will provide color all season long.

For all these multi-tasking plants and more, come see us at the Corner Market.  We’re open daily until 7.


We asked and you have let your opinions be known.  When we inquired on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram “If you could only plant one herb, which one would you choose?”, it resulted in basil being the clear cut winner! We decided to put together a few of our favorite basil recipes – there’s something for everyone on the list – from soup to nuts, or in the case of basil, from smoothie to the grill.  Enjoy!


Blueberry Basil Smoothie


7 Ingredients to Pesto


Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Skewers


Basil Chive Cucumber & Corn Salad


20 Minute Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta


Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops

Have a recipe that you want to share? For more basil recipes and other scrumptious summertime meals visit our Summer is Delicious! board on Pinterest!