Summer days, driftin’ away

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But, oh, those summer tomatoes. I have long been in love with them. But this summer was the first I really tried (and succeeded!) to grow my own. I’m now in the midst of a steady daily harvest of a half-dozen romas and at least as many sweet, yellow cherry tomatoes, which I end up snacking on while … Continue reading

Summer’s not over — a few more food events for your calendar

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I just got back from one of the best food-focused events I’ve attended in DC — the farm-to-street party at Union Market — the culmination of a great Eat Local First week. What made it great? In my opinion, it was the focus on local food businesses and the direct access to the entrepreneurs behind … 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

Too many vegetables, too little time

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You know, working from home as a food, etc. journalist can be a conflict of interest. In theory, I have the flexibility to take my time mid-morning at the Wednesday farmers market, perusing, chatting, “researching,” if you will. I have conducted interviews for stories while getting my groceries, but I’ve also gotten carried away and … Continue reading

Fermented foods: gosh, they’re cool

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I have pickles on the brain these days. I know, it’s the time of year of farmers markets and fresh foods galore. And, trust me, I think about those enough, too. (Even on this rainy past Saturday, my family had to lure me away from my long stay at the market with a brunch of … Continue reading

Growing herbs: The Best Idea I’ve Had This Spring

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It began with a little basil. Last spring, I planted some in a window box on the side of our house. The side that apparently got more bugs than sun. It had a good run, providing me plenty to sprinkle into my scrambled eggs, but not quite enough for the giant batch of pesto I … 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