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Virginia FarmCentral Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful farms. They can range from a 30 acre apple orchard, to over 300 acres of a cattle farm. Eating organic is becoming a very popular health trend, not only because of the benefits to our environment, but also the many health benefits to our bodies.

What exactly is organic? Organic farms prohibits the uses pesticides and chemicals on their crops and will not use hormones and antibiotics in their animals.

Going organic isn’t an overnight process. It requires a lot of research, information and then deciding if going organic is best for you and your farm. The first step is to get certified but don’t think the process ends there. The USDA had developed many guidelines and programs to make sure the farms stay organic. This means strict rules, inspections and testing, looking into complaints and taking action if the farm is in violation. Interested in making the change? The
VDACS   (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) can provide more information.

The United States of Agriculture also provides a tremendous amount of information on programs and services.

Did you know that Dave Matthews purchased a local farm outside Charlottesville, VA in 2002 and began building a certified organic farm? He even put the 1261 acres farm under a protective land conservation easement to protect it against development in the future.

Eating organic means less pesticides in the food, thus less in your body. Many farmers are choosing to go organic, therefore having healthier farms and consumers.

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Virginia Pumpkin Growers

by Staff on October 10, 2014

Pumpkin CheesecakeThis is great news for Virginia.  CNN has reported that sales of pumpkins nationally has risen 34% just in the past 5 years.  Not coincidentally this is the same time frame since Starbucks introduced its pumpkin spice latte plus other pumpkin drinks and pastries.

A professor at Virginia Tech’s Agricultural  school says that the southwest portion of VA went from zero acres of pumpkins to over 4,000 acres of pumpkins just since 1999.  Virginia has its own Pumpkin Growers Association where you can locate further details on VA pumpkins as well.

It’s widely thought that Starbucks started the pumpkin craze, but many other businesses are hopping on the Pumpkin Wagon too.  You can get pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin cheesecakes, and an assortment of pumpkin flavored beers.  Many states have extravagant Pumpkin Festivals that include pumpkin carving contests and other creative pumpkin games for the whole family.

I think it bears mentioning that a great deal of what people love about pumpkin flavored foods… is directly coming from the cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices that give those foods their distinctive flavors.  The pumpkin craze makes me wonder if there’s money to be made in pumpkin tofu … it needs some kind of flavoring, yes?

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Charlottesville Hosts 2-Day Agriculture Fair

by Staff September 7, 2014

DAY 1: – Agriculture Celebration on Main St. in Charlottesville Friday, September 19, dinner time Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall  On Friday Sept. 19th on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall there will be a special food event.  Restaurants on the downtown mall have teamed with the Local Food Hub and the Albemarle Farm Bureau to provide special local [...]

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Farm Tour on Labor Day

by Staff August 20, 2014

Hey Central Virginia food lovers!   Save Labor Day, Sept. 1st, for a time to attend a FOOD FEST from the specialty farmers of Central VA.  More than a dozen farms will welcome you on your tour and you can sample treats from their herbs, organic foods, creameries, mushroom farms, apple cider farms and many other unique and [...]

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Let The Peaches Begin

by Staff July 11, 2014

Yes.  Next up for harvest in Central VA is the state’s peach crop.  Though the maturation of our peach crop was delayed somewhat by our extremely harsh winter, the peach crop in VA is abundant and healthy and ready to eat.  We have an unexpected flavor bonus as well because moderately dry conditions this spring/summer have brought out the [...]

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Charlottesville Hunter Gatherers Dinner

by Staff June 19, 2014

On Sunday, June 29, 2014  Grace Estates winery is hosting a unique event for adventurous folks in the Charlottesville VA area.  A secluded area of the property will be the setting for a rustic dinner featuring a menu of foods that have been “hunted and gathered”.  To supply the atmosphere, the dinner will be hosted [...]

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