Summer days, driftin’ away

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

Farm visit with a baby — and snow

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

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

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

Thanksgiving prep: The Big Bird Decision

Thanksgiving. I really like everything about the word, the holiday, the thought of a day centered on cooking and eating and family and thanking the good Lord. So imagine my delight when I was able to convince one set of my parents to come hither to Virginia for this year’s holiday! (Are you imagining it? … Continue reading

Virginia wine country — revisited

Isn’t Virginia beautiful? This is a view from the winery we stayed at now two weekends ago, Veritas Vineyards. Perhaps you were among the thousands of people there, too, for the last Starry Nights concert of the season, featuring Love Canon and some beautiful first-of-fall weather? I am fairly obsessed with this wine-growing region near … Continue reading

Highlights: Virginia Farm-to-Table conference

It took some prodding from an ice cream-making farmer I met for a story, but boy was I glad I decided to attend at least one day of the Virginia Farm-to-Table conference last week. Sure, it was a 3-hour drive to Wyers Cave, Va., but waiting there was a wealth of food story ideas and the people … Continue reading

Farm to School grants and a Top 10 B&B in Virginia

I wrote about the recipients of a first-ever round of Farm to School grants from the USDA for The Washington Post‘s food blog on Wednesday. More than $280,000 is destined for programs and farms in the Washington area and Baltimore, including DC Central Kitchen’s school-feeding programs (one pictured above). Four of the 68 projects nationwide to share … Continue reading

Virginia country cont.: breakfast(s) extraordinaire and food celebrity spottings

Now where did I leave off? Oh yes, waking up to the Blue Ridge Mountains layered with morning fog… and a Keurig coffee maker waiting to meet our beck and call. It’s a happy three-year-anniversary, bed-and-breakfast style! After a morning run (those ridge roads are a bit hilly in spots), we moseyed down to the … Continue reading

Virginia country: this place is growing on me

Ever since we moved to the big city, I’ve been dying to get back out to the country. So I found an excuse in the celebration of our three-year wedding anniversary last week. Getaway to Virginia wine country and a bed and breakfast? Yes, please. Thankfully, my husband is the perfect partner for a food … Continue reading