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Where to Pick Strawberries This Weekend {Virginia}

May 25th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the pinnacle of strawberry season here in the DC area, though our earlier-than-usual spring means we’ve already been enjoying them for weeks. (As evidenced by, well, my last ten posts, give or take…). Assuming you’re not sick of them yet, here are a few favorite places to get out and [...]

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

Peanuts Come From the Ground, Not Jars {Blog Action Day}

October 16th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Last weekend, we headed out to the country for pumpkins and apple picking. It was a gorgeous fall day (at last!) and the farms were packed. At Hollin Farms, we came across an unexpected treat: dig-your-own peanuts! The boy and husband got to work loosening the plants and we all picked through the roots for [...]

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Tags: Know Your Food · blog action day · fresh from the... · kids cook monday · local farms · recipes

Apple Cider Doughnuts {and Where to Pick Apples}

September 30th, 2011 · 45 Comments

L’Shana Tova to our Jewish readers out there. It’s customary to ring in the Jewish new year with apples dipped in honey — one tradition taken very seriously by my apple-addicted son. In fact, apples and honey comprised his and his friends’ entire meal last night at dinner — at least until hours later when [...]

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Tags: around DC · baking · cooking with kids · fall · fresh from the... · recipes

{Preserving Summer} Bourbon Peach Jam

August 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I mentioned we recently went peach picking at Hollin Farms in Fauquier County, Virginia. Unfortunately my preserving aspirations exceeded my hands-free time during the week (one so quickly forgets how time-consuming infants can be) so sadly we lost a few to spoilage before I got a chance to put up a batch of jam. (We [...]

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Tags: fresh from the... · fruit · local farms · preserving · recipes

Local Potluck Tuesday (and fresh picked Sweet Corn)

August 10th, 2010 · No Comments

My mom, brother and sister-in-law were in town this past weekend, so naturally I took advantage of the opportunity to have extra hands and dragged them out to an orchard for peach picking. (I have a little one to carry, after all.) We went to Hollin Farms this time in Fauquier County, a hilltop orchard [...]

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Tags: NoVA Locavore · at market · fresh from the... · local farms · local potluck tuesday · recipes · vegetables