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Best Berry Picking Farms & Festivals

May 22nd, 2015 · 4 Comments

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the pinnacle of strawberry season here in the DC area, and the foodie tots tend to eat through our weekly market haul of berries well before I get a chance to cook with them. So a trip to the pick-your-own farm is essential for stocking up! Here are a few […]

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

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

Apple Cider Doughnuts {and Where to Pick Apples}

September 30th, 2011 · 165 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 · 2 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: at market · fresh from the... · local farms · local potluck tuesday · NoVA Locavore · recipes · vegetables