There might be plenty of artisans’ work to choose from at the annual Fall Market Days at Chartreuse and Co. in Buckeystown this weekend. But Virginia Crum, the event’s founder and owner of the business that specializes in unique decor and vintage and recycled goods, wants people to take time to enjoy the 6-acre farm and bank barn.
“I hope they take an appreciation of being out in the country,” she said.
That also means taking in the details of the bank barn, corn crib, a tenant house (where the Crums’ daughter lives) as well as the main house where the Crums live today during the festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday at the Buckeystown Pike store.
Crum’s grandparents originally purchased the 157-acre farm in 1942. She explained that St. John’s Catholic Prep eventually purchased a majority of the land, leaving the remaining acreage that surrounds the barn and other houses.
Against the bucolic backdrop, Crum wants people to shop the nearly 50 juried artists as well as the nearly 30 vendors who sell their wares at Chartreuse and Co.
“It really kicks off September and we almost always have great weather,” she said.
Crum said the front lawn will be filled with everything from vintage and vintage-inspired items to handmade or recycled pieces. That means shoppers can find anything from “a live-edge table with industrial legs to an old golf sign.”
And because all that shopping usually works up an appetite, Crum has several food trucks scheduled, including Boxcar Burgers, Sweet Farm Food Truck, Holy Crepes and Sno-bells. Mount Airy-based winery Loew Vineyards will offer free wine tastings as well as sell wine by the glass.
The fall festival also features lawn games and a farmer’s market. Dogs are welcome as well.
Crum said the event attracts thousands to the three-day event every year.
“We’ve had visitors from every state except for one of the Dakotas — I can’t remember which,” Crum said with a laugh.
According to Crum, the visitor who came the farthest was a woman from Alaska. Crum said the woman flew into Dulles International Airport and immediately drove to the fall festival.
“She didn’t want to miss it,” she said.
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