Food Innovator Awards

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It’s been a crazy week, the sort of week that makes a pregnant woman need to sleep for a week to recover. But I wouldn’t trade one minute of it (OK, I would totally trade the minutes spent scrubbing the bathtub in the house we moved out of, but I digress). We moved from the … Continue reading

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Crosscountry Christmas (& a book worth reading)

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After driving from Virginia to Kansas (a mere 20-hour, two-day excursion) to drop off the dog at “grandmas,” then flying to El Paso, Texas, for my brother-in-law’s wedding, then back to Kansas, then driving back to…. well you get the point. ‘Twas a lovely wedding though…   And a lovely Christmas! We’re back in Virginia … Continue reading

Rebuilding the Foodshed, Soil & Human Health — VA Farm-to-Table Conference

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it’s food-and-farms conference season. It’s that time of year when production in the field slows  and farmers huddle inside event centers to discuss best practices and plot their course for the coming years. Did I mention that local farming conferences have some great local food? … Continue reading

Chefs as Catalysts for Change — Storified

Thoughtful preparations by the thoughtful Chef Jeff Witte at the Airlie Center's Harvest Dinner.

Update: In celebration of Food Day, which is today, here is a compilation of the tweets STORIFIED from Monday’s panel discussion — which went swimmingly! We learned so much from the panelists and keynote speaker Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen. And, for those of you who couldn’t make it, “farm-to-table” is out — isn’t everything … Continue reading

Food, Environment & free tickets to the DC Green Festival

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The Green Festival. It’s like a trade show — for goods and ideas — for the eco-minded (read: lots of free stuff). And it’s coming to DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22. If you’re planning to go and are also into food (Who isn’t these days?), I’ve … Continue reading

Food Trucks, Farmers Markets, Pop-ups — discuss, DC

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Ever been to the curated food-lovers’ mecca that is Union Market DC? Well, here’s your excuse. A publication I write for is co-hosting an event with Smart Growth America this Thursday night to discuss “Food in the City: how food trucks, farmers markets and more shape D.C.’s new dining scene.” Show up early and we … Continue reading

Glorious lamb and a story along those lines

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“It’s 9 a.m. on a Sunday, and my bathrobe and hair already reek of garam masala — burnt garam masala, to be exact. Who’d have known that the key to this Indian-Pakistani recipe for lamb biryani would be the French cooking mantra of mise-en-place? Or that the minute it takes for the pile of spices to get … Continue reading

Top 10 Misconceptions about Ag & Farmers

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  Photos from the past year, covering Virginia agriculture. I got an ag email today that I just have to share. You see, it’s Virginia Agriculture Week starting March 17, so I’ve been getting all sorts of info goodies from the state’s Department of Agriculture (and it’s fabulous communications director, Elaine Lidholm) in the week … Continue reading

Going online to buy local produce? Exploring Relay Foods

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When I first met with Caesar Layton for a story about Relay Foods, a Charlottesville-based online grocery store and farmers market that recently expanded into DC and Baltimore, I didn’t quite get the convenience factor. I mean, I am one of those people who drives to three or four different stores and markets each week. I … Continue reading

Winter veggie cravings and Farm to Freezer

Cheryl Kollin vacuum-sealing produce for winter use.

Something’s wrong with me. It’s the thick of winter (or at least it was a few days ago, before 70 degrees rolled into Washington this week) and all I want is vegetables. I’m craving them. Perhaps I have a vitamin deficiency, or just a masochistic urge to eat the very thing that is not-so-available this … Continue reading

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