SunshineWe’ve never known anybody so aptly named. Sunshine is a pint-sized human full of enthusiasm, perkiness and smarts all rolled into one! Of course, the first question has to be about her name!

Q: Is “Sunshine” your real name or a nickname?

A: It is my real name, my middle name. My mom had 4 kids in 4 years. Eight years later she had me and it was shortly after her own mother passed away. My mom named me Maria Sunshine because sunshine=happiness.

Q: How long have you been a Cox Farmer?

A: I started in 1993. Took a few Fall Festivals off when I was busy with babies, like 2007-2008.

Q: What is your job title and description?

A: I’m the Fall Festival Retail Market Manager and buyer.

Q: Where did you go to high school?

A: Centreville HS – I’m a Wildcat!

Q: If you weren’t working at Cox Farms, where do you think you’d be?

A: At home with my four boys, for sure!

Q: Favorite current song?

A: “My Way” by Fetty Wap

Q: Do you have any hidden talents?

A: Does touching my nose with my tongue count?

Q: Any pet peeves?

A: Complaining!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat at the Fall Festival?

A: Easy – a bacon-wrapped hot dog!

Q: Anything new to the Fall Festival Market this year?

A: We’ve moved our cashiers out of the market and into these little cottages which means 700 sq. feet of extra retail space! One of our new retail items is this slap bracelet!

Slap bracelet


Q: Best Fall Festival memory?  You must have a slew of them!

A: Meeting my husband here in 2002. You can’t top that!

Thank you, Sunshine! We can’t wait to see you in the market during Fall Festival and Fields of Fear. You brighten our day!


Cupcake JeremyToday we are getting to know another Cox Farmer and if by some small chance you don’t recognize him immediately, we know you are a big fan of his work! Although Jeremy works all the seasons at Cox Farms, he is probably best know for bringing those scrumptious cider donuts to life at the Fall Festival!

cider donuts

Q: So Jeremy-how many years have you worked at Cox Farms?

A: 5, this will upcoming Fall Festival will be my 6th.

Q: Do you have a nickname? If so, please explain.

A: “Cupcake Jeremy”. A coworker gave me the name because cupcakes are one of my baking specialties and I often bring them to work to share.

Q: Favorite thing to do on your day off?

A: Gardening and baking. I also like watching documentaries with friends. We call them “docuparties” and we bake and decorate cookies that go with the theme of the documentary.

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: “Doctor Who” 

Q: Do you have any pet peeves?

A: People who don’t enjoy the moment.

Q: If you could only make dinner with one person who would it be?

A: Cooking in and of itself is a journey of learning, creativity and expression. Sharing that opportunity with anyone is an opportunity your should never refuse. That being said and if I can only pick one; Batman.

Q: Name one place that you’d like to visit and have never been?

A: Mars

Q: What was your first job and worst job?

A: My first job was delivering a free local newspaper. Sometimes people didn’t want it so they’d throw it back at me.

Q: I hope that was your first and worst job!  Something worse than that?

A: The worst was spending a couple of days as a replacement window telemarketer. It wasn’t worth it. Hence why I only did it for a couple days.

Q: What’s your favorite Fall Festival food and cider donuts don’t count!

A: The grilled cheese sandwich.

Q: Favorite memory from any Fall Festival?

A: Smashing pumpkins from the hi-lift during Pumpkin Madness weekend.

Q: Who is your favorite coworker? No pressure!

A: That’s easy. It’s our farm cat, Black and White. She’s happy to see me every morning.

For the record, we are all happy to see Cupcake Jeremy every morning – even when he doesn’t bring us cupcakes. Thanks, Jeremy!





IMG_9299You all recognize us at the Fall Festival by our “fashionable” red smocks and our smiles, but you probably don’t really get to know the employee behind the smock. Just like our customers, Cox Farmers have interesting talents, tastes and lives… some of us are downright fascinating!

Today I sat down with “Farmer Rick” Sickmen for a little Q&A. If you’ve been to the Fall Festival during the week, you’ve probably seen him at The Milking Show with his partner, Janet, or on the weekends when he often rocks the main stage with “The Rick Sickmen Band”.

Q: You wear many hats at Cox Farms. How would you describe your job?

A: Well, that depends on the day. There’s Farmer Rick, the entertainer that does The Milking Show during the Fall Festival, there’s Rick the musician that plays and sings with the band and I’m also a mechanic, a gardener/landscaper and cow lover.

Q: How many years have you worked at Cox Farms?

A: This year will be my sixth Fall Festival.

Q: Married with children?

A: I’ve been married for 37 years, 4 kids, 7 grandkids.

Q: What do you like to do on your day off?

A: Work in my yard and think. I also like to write stories and music.

rick sQ: How long have you been making music?

A: I’ve had bands as long as I can remember.  When I was 9 I played my guitar at recess to impress the girls. I played “Johnny B. Goode” on WDON, a radio station in Woodbridge, Virginia when I was 10 years old. I had to stand on a box to reach the mic.

Q: Any hidden talents?

A: Cooking. Especially Italian and seafood.

Q: Favorite movie and song?

A: “Good Fellas” is my favorite movie. Song – “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the Fall Festival?

A: Singing and playing with the kids.

Q: What is it about cows that you love so much?

A: I think of them as big puppy dogs. I’ll never forget the time when one of them jumped right through the opening in the back of the stage at The Milking Show and onto a small roof outside of it, then jumped right back through.  Big puppy dog.

Thanks, Rick!  We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Fall Festival!  Only 30 more days!



You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato Sauce!

IMG_6792Imagine the possiblities…Tomatoes are in abundance right now and we need to savor them at their peak flavor.  As late summer and early fall turn into winter, fresh, ripe, locally grown tomatoes are something that we will all dream about until the next summer.  That’s a sad state of affairs, unless you learn how to make those tomatoes to comfort you throughout the winter.  One sure fire way is to make homemade tomato sauce.  It’s not as intimadating as it sounds.  What a delight to know that you have homemade tomato sauce in your freezer in the middle of those cold months!

It’s not difficult to make tomato sauce but you’ll have to commit to a few hours of your time for the cause.  Most recipes will call for Roma or San Marzano tomatoes, but any meaty tomato will work and your sauce will be just as delish!

Here’s a Tomato Sauce recipe for you to try and the timing could not be better – our tomatoes are now available for $29 a box!  Come grab a box at the Corner Market, the possibilities are endless!  We are open daily until 7 daily.