Private Groups & Family Reunions


Come learn at the farm!

Educational events at the farm are geared to smaller groups in an intimate atmosphere.
Retreats and workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia.

Private groups of friends and families are welcome, including birthday and other special event parties. See info below for family reunions, too! Below, find examples of planned events–OR let us customize an event just for you! Email Suzanne at [email protected] to get started.

Private, personalized workshop retreat days are available for groups from 2 to 40 attendees. (All ages are welcome in private retreats, but attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a paid attendee parent/guardian.) Workshops are available in cheesemaking, preserving, candlemaking, soapmaking, and in a variety of baking and cooking topics such as cake pops, cake decorating, breadbaking, homemade ice cream and waffle cones, and more. You can choose from a regularly scheduled workshop (on a private day just for you), or make your own day. The day will be geared to you! (See examples of workshop days here.) As with all retreats at Sassafras Farm, everything’s included–three full home-cooked meals plus snacks, all supplies and instruction, and your take-homes. Your day will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost for private full-day workshops is $125 per person. Half-day retreats are $75 and include lunch only. Private retreats can take place on any day not already taken by a scheduled event.

Also see: Tastings and Tours for $30 per person.

Contact Suzanne at [email protected] to discuss your group’s needs and plan a date for your special retreat to the farm!

Family Reunion Picnics

Picnic groups up to 100 can be accommodated.

Indoor and outdoor covered seating, as well as outdoor uncovered seating is available. Tables and chairs are provided. Feel free to bring blankets/quilts if you prefer to sit on the grass. Meal service includes lunch from your chosen menu option with beverages and desserts, plus all paper plates and bowls, disposable utensils, napkins, cups, etc. There is a restroom inside the studio.

Available no-charge activities, which will be set up for you, include horseshoe and corn hole games, feeding treats to the animals (treats are provided, please don’t bring treats), playing with the goats and their costume box, and butter-making.

Picnic lunch at the farm only – $15 per person.
Picnic lunch at the farm with add-on activities (see description) – $30 per person.

Add-On Activities:
Hands-on milking the cows or goats at the barn along with a cheese making demonstration and cheese tasting. More add-on activities can be provided by request, for an additional charge (such as soap-making).

Picnic Menu Options:
All menu options include beverages (water, sweetened and unsweetened iced tea, lemonade, punch, and coffee) and dessert. Choose from one of the following menu options for the main course and sides. Custom menus can also be provided by request.

1. Sub sandwich bar with deli meats/cheeses and assorted fixings, potato chips and corn on the cob.
2. Roasted chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and fresh homemade rolls.
3. Pulled bbq pork with buns, baked beans, and garden salad bar.

Dessert – Ice cream bar with ice cream made fresh from the cow’s cream here on the farm in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, along with a variety of toppings including chocolate and caramel sauces, nuts, sprinkles, cherries, bananas, served either in bowls or in fresh homemade waffle cones.

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