Farm visit with a baby — and snow

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I’ve emerged from a steady stream of conferences mixed with (beloved) visits from two sets of Cora’s grandparents and a flurry of last-minute deadlines. Hello January; goodbye January. I once naively thought that January meant I could take things at a slower pace, you know, like the farmers (turns out, it’s a pipe dream for … Continue reading

#FarmersBreakTheInternet: Engaging With An Audience That Wants To ‘Know’ You

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Are you a farmer, producer, food entrepreneur or enthusiast who’s not sure how to make the most of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — or even how to get started? Have you dabbled in the dirt with blogging about your farming ventures, only to let the site languish for lack of cultivation (how many farming metaphors can I … Continue reading

Thanks for a great year! 2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

Thanksgiving side dishes to bring — from the farm

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Here’s a post from the archives to inspire some farm-based dishes for your Thanksgiving feast. Also check out the NY Times’ recipes from 50 states — but use my sweet potato casserole recipe below instead of the one they suggest from Kansas!  Today was the last day for my ’round-the-corner farmers market in Mount Vernon, the last … Continue reading

It’s Fall. Eat Soup.

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It’s fall! Time to get honked at for taking cell phone pictures of these gorgeous Virginia colors at stop signs! Time to call animal control for the inordinate number of deer that have taken up residence in your yard, one of which appears injured and aggressive (and then time to call your friends with crossbows and … Continue reading

The ‘Enchanted Woodlands’ Nursery

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Every day, several times a day, I sit in this chair and think, “Man, I love this nursery. I should put pictures of it on Pinterest so I can ‘pin’ it and show the world how much I like it.” Hence, this departure from the usual food-themed blog post to show you The Nursery… The … Continue reading

A new mom & Mark Bittman’s new book on cooking FAST

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My baby got to meet Mark Bittman this weekend. Or, rather, Mark Bittman got to meet my baby. However you want to think about it. He signed a copy of his latest cookbook, How to Cook Everything Fast, to Miss Cora, and I’m sure she can’t wait to tackle its 1,000 pages of recipes. Bittman was … Continue reading

Life Update: Welcoming Baby Cora Virginia

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So we had a baby… Cora Virginia was born on Sept. 14, two weeks after her due date but just when she wanted to arrive! She’s the most precious little thing who, like her Momma, likes to eat, sleep and play dress up (well, she doesn’t complain too strongly about all the bows). We are … Continue reading

Oh the things you can do with local, whole wheat flour…

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In the last month, I’ve visited about 10 farms for various stories and projects I’m scrambling to complete before baby arrives (less than two weeks!). Farms are among my favorite places, even if I’m rarely dressed appropriately (they don’t make pregnant farmer clothes, really), perpetually hot (yet thankful for this relatively mild August!) and always a long … Continue reading

The hospitality of Virginia’s Northern Neck

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If you haven’t had the chance, you should meet Dudley and Peggy. They are perhaps the most hospitable people on earth and the friendliest of purveyors behind The Hope & Glory Inn in Irvington, Va. The Inn is located near the Southern tip of Virginia’s Northern Neck, a marshy peninsula carved out by the Rappahannock River to … Continue reading

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