Bushels and Barrels June 15-17

Posted on May 26, 2017

The Reynolds Homestead, in partnership with One Family Productions, is excited to announce three days of events as part of its 5th Annual Bushels and Barrels Local Food Wine and Beer Festival.  Celebrating all things local, the event has grown from a one-day concert to a three-day event featuring a downtown Stuart Block Party, a Sustainability Workshop, and of course, the festival event itself, all happening June 15-17.

Bushels and Barrels Block Party

 Get the weekend started on Thursday, June 15, at the Stuart Farmers Market with the Bushels and Barrels Block Party. Slick Jr. and the Reactors will be playing from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and there will be food and beverages to purchase.

Slick Jr. & the Reactors brings their unique prospective of the Blues drawing their influences from classic artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy. And infusing those with other influences such as The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and R&B artists such as Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. They are a groovy little Blues boogie band from Southwest Virginia.

Slick Jr. and the Reactors

Sponsored by Chip Slate, Attorney-at-Law, the event is free to the public.

Sustainability Workshop

In its fourth season, the Sustainability Workshop offers classes designed to increase self-reliance and promote sustainability. Local instructors, including members of the Patrick County Master Gardeners, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and other experts will be teaching 8 classes throughout the day on Friday, June 16 at the Reynolds Homestead.

The sessions this year are The Big “O”: What does Organic Gardening Really Mean?, Sprouting, Mushroom Foraging, All about Lavender, Go Native Gardening, Fermentation, Stream Monitoring, and Herbal Teas from A to Z.

Sponsored by Clark Brothers Company, the Workshop offers sessions at $10 each, or $40 for the entire day which also includes a free Yoga for Gardeners session at 8:30 a.m. and a lunchtime Garden Meditation session as well.  The Homestead is offering gourmet boxed lunches for purchase so participants can enjoy a full day on site.

Registration forms for the Workshop: 2017 Sustainability Workshop Catalog


Local Food Wine and Beer Festival

 The festival begins on Friday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. and features music with Urban Soil and the Mason Via Band. BBQ dinners will be available for purchase, as well as the best in craft brews all across Virginia.

Hailing from the streets of downtown Raleigh, NC, Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their explosive live shows and polished recordings. Mason Via is a talented young musician/singer/songwriter out of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, who is on his rise to stardom. Originally from Danbury, NC, Mason has been playing acoustic guitar since the age of 12. Mason grew up going to fiddlers conventions and festivals, taught by his father notable bluegrass musician David Via.

Urban Soil

Mason Via

Tickets for the event are $15, available in advance or at the gate, which opens at 6:00 p.m.

The festival opens on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. and features a full day of music, local wineries, craft brews, food, artists and artisans and lots of fun.  Chateau Morrisette, Stanburn and Preston Ridge wineries will be pouring all day. Eight craft brews from across Virginia will also be available, as well as food from Oi Poilloi and Dogtown Pizza. This year a giant tent will be provided for shade, and there will be a designated area for those who want to bring a small pop-up tent as well.

The day’s music features Dangermuffin, Erin and the Wildfire and the Dave Cecil Band. Dangermuffin is an American band from Folly Beach, SC. Their musical styles include Americana, folk, and jam music that’s organic and cool. The band is a trio whose instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and drums. The group was founded in 2007 and has been touring coast-to-coast since. Dangermuffin released their sixth album, Heritage, in May 2017.


Erin & The Wildfire is a Charlottesville-based band that has been steadily carving out a reputation for themselves in recent years as one of the most captivating live acts to come out of Central Virginia since their formation in 2012. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist and Fincastle native Erin Lunsford, the band has been making waves throughout Virginia stirring up their unique sonic melting pot of rock, soul, and funk. The group’s striking sound, goofy charm, and relentless work ethic has propelled them to some of the Commonwealth’s biggest stages, including main stage spots at Roosterwalk 2016 and Lockn Festival 2014, as well as back-to-back appearances at Floydfest 2015 & 2016.

Erin & the Wildfire

Dave Cecil started writing on the piano at age 6. Putting notes together just seemed to make sense to him. He began writing lyrics shortly after and while secretly playing one of his brother’s guitars he wrote his first song. Through the years he has developed a style all his own and totally original. Dave, now on his 3rd record, plays & performs his original style of music regularly in Greensboro, NC, and throughout the Southeast.

Dave Cecil


 Tickets for the Bushels and Barrels Festival are $15 for Friday night only, general admission, or $35 for Friday and Saturday in advance.  There is a VIP ticket option which includes Friday night’s admission, BBQ dinner and two comped drinks per person, Saturday admission, VIP parking, and a 2017 t-shirt. VIP tickets are $50 per person. Tickets for Saturday only are $20 in advance general admission or $25 at the gate.  All festival tickets include a commemorative 5th Anniversary special edition glass while they last.  Designated driver tickets are $10 and admission on Saturday for those under 21 is $5. All festival goers are asked to have ID ready upon arrival at the gate. Tickets may be purchased at the Reynolds Homestead or through www.brownpapertickets.com.


 The Reynolds Homestead would like to thank the following local supporters of the 2017 Bushels and Barrels Festival:  Clark Gas & Oil, Friends of the Reynolds Homestead, Childress Vineyards, Patrick County Tourism, Lawrence Distributing Co., Performance Livestock & Feed Co. Inc., Clark Brothers Company, Chip Slate Attorney-at-Law, Chris Corbett Attorney at Law, Gordon Trent Golf Course, CW Tree Works, WHEO Radio, EMI Security LLC (DCJS #11-5088), Uptown Suites of Stuart, Schneider & Williams, PC,  and Carey Sound.