The days are longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the flowers are blooming! The JFS staff is dreaming of summer – especially the long-awaited return of the Sweet Frog truck to the office parking lot.
We recently polled JFS staff members about their other favorite summer activities; here’s what they had to say!
Lynn: I love lots of summer things. One of my favorites is visiting Caromont Farm in Esmont, about an hour from Richmond. They are a working farm that specializes in making goat cheese, but in late spring and early summer you can visit and “goat snuggle”!
Donna: My granddaughter went to a birthday party last weekend and got to ride a “unicorn.” It was definitely a fun day after a long year.
Charlotte: My daughter River and I go to help out on my friend’s farm in Montpelier.
Heidi: My family and I love to go for local hikes. There are so many great trails within an hour of Richmond! My kids love to explore on and off the paths.
Ashton: I recently traveled to Charleston, SC with my husband for our anniversary, and we also just bought our first home!
Gia: Fun, for me, is enjoying my summer garden. I enjoy taking photos of my flowers, especially when it has a pollinator friend on it!
Rose: I love to hike the trails by Texas Beach and find a nice secluded spot to picnic. I always take my dog, and he loves romping around on the rocks and getting cooled off by the water. Last year I taught my adopted 9-year-old dog to swim for the first time!
Sydney: Sailing in L.A.!
Melody: We go camping at the Shenandoah Valley campground. It’s close to the Middle River, and we spend the day tubing. At the end you can get out and play at the waterfall!
Morgan: Gardening and grilling are my favorite summer activities. My tomatoes are my prized crop; this year I’m growing Sun Gold, Mortgage Lifter, Green Zebras, Juliets, and a Big Beef. I’m looking forward to tomato sandwiches – always with Duke’s – and homemade tomato sauce!
Wendy: We hike in the mountains to escape the heat.
Speaking of the heat, did you know our partner Senior Connections has free box fans and window A.C. units? Elders 60 and older are eligible if they make less than $1,788 per month for one person or $2,418 for two. If you or someone you know could use some extra cool and live in Richmond, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, or Powhatan, give Senior Connections a call and ask about their Senior Cool Care Program: (804) 343-3005.
From the JFS Family to yours, happy summer!
Jewish Family Services is supported, in part, by a generous annual contribution, a programming grant to support the Jewish Care Line and COVID-19 Crisis Relief Funds from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.