Basic Necessities has sourced its offerings close to home, close to the earth, for over 20 years. Meals focus on seasonal, local, and organic foodstuffs. The local vendors they depend on for high-quality products include:
Caromont Farms (cheese)
Sweet Bliss Bakery (desserts)
Gearhart's Chocolates (chocolates)
The Hungry Fox (sweets & treats)
Twin Springs Farm (organic produce)
Little Hat Creek Farm (organic produce, breads and pastries)
Albemarle Baking Company (artisan breads, pastries, desserts)
Frog Hollow Farm (organic produce/eggs)
Timbercreek Organics (local organic meats)
Planet Earth Diversified (micro greens)
Hudson Henry Baking (granola)
Edible Landscaping (fruit and more)
Fairweather Farms (tea)
Jam According to Daniel (organic jams)
River Oak Farm (chicken, pigs)
Shenandoah Joe Coffee (espresso, coffee)
Trager Brothers Coffee Roasters (local organic coffee)
And, not as local, but oh so good...
Basic Necessities is an off-beat café, wine and cheese shop nestled in the Rockfish Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Nellysford, Virginia. Since 1997 it has been offering what many call “a taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
It is known for in great wines at affordable prices, imported cheeses, a source of fresh local baked breads, and delicious meals in a colorful and creative atmosphere. The staff welcomes locals, skiers at Wintergreen Resort, traveling foodies, and those simply exploring beautiful Nelson County.
At lunch they have long featured Sue Pfaltz’s delicious and innovative soups, big house salads, and seasonal specialties. Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday night dinners where guests find creatively-prepared dishes and musical entertainment. The popular Sunday brunch is from 10-2 and frequently features a harpist during the middle of the day.
The retail shop has an extensive selection of wines and cheeses on a wide range of price-points, along with an ever-changing display of products such as fresh flowers, candy, local books as well as Kay's books, breads and "gifts."
The name? "We're often asked about the somewhat peculiar sounding name, Basic Necessities," explains Sallie Justice. "When Kay returned to Virginia after over ten years in Paris, she settled in the tiny town of Nellysford, which then (as now) had no traffic light. Finding no good bread, wine, cheese or chocolate and used to the abundance of Paris, she decided to do something about it. She was missing what she saw as the basic necessities. And, thus, with a lot of help from many wonderful people, a little magic was created."
Pictured above, left to right: Rosie Gantt, Sallie Justice and Kay Pfaltz
The People of Basics
Owner and Founder
Owner, Manager, & Evening Chef
Mae Collins Tyree
Lunch Manager & Chef