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Fresh from the Pumpkin Patch (and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread)

October 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially here in Virginia where we are blessed with beautiful weather and picturesque colors this time of year. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, with those infernal evergreen trees, the brilliant shades of fall leaves here never fail to impress me. And of course it’s not truly [...]

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Tags: baking · breakfast · fresh from the... · recipe · recipes · whole grains

Fresh from the Fields of Athenry

April 2nd, 2009 · 9 Comments

If you’ve ever taken a close look at the lamb that floods the grocery stores around this time each year, you might have noticed that it nearly all comes from New Zealand or Australia. Even our neighborhood butcher, who sources most of his meat from here in Virginia, gets his lamb from outside the area.  [...]

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Tags: Know Your Food · NoVA Locavore · eatLocalDC · fresh from the...

Fresh from Feezers Christmas Tree Farm

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments

This weekend we enjoyed a brisk (to put it mildly) trip up north to Feezers organic Christmas tree farm in Mariottsville, Maryland. It was just a little further than the farm we went to last year, and we actually paid a little less for a lovely blue spruce. One caveat, there weren’t a whole lot [...]

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Tags: fresh from the... · holiday

Creamy Apple Celery Soup

September 23rd, 2008 · 18 Comments

We recently ventured out to Stribling Orchard‘s Apple Festival to kick off fall with fresh-plucked apples. It didn’t feel particularly like fall as it was a scorching 95 degrees. Stribling is a sixth-generation family farm with a lovely view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The occasional train passing by below the orchard provided an added [...]

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Tags: apples · fresh from the... · soup

Pacific NW Snapshots: Barking Dog Farms

September 22nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

On last year’s trip to the Oregon coast, my mom and I visited the Lincoln City Farmers Market and came across the largest zucchini I’d ever seen. This year, we headed to the source, Barking Dog Farms, just south of Lincoln City at the base of the Siletz River. This was perhaps the greenest, lushest [...]

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Tags: away from home · recipes · zucchini