From the category archives:

Virginia Foods

Heirloom Tomatoes

by Staff August 17, 2014

August reminds me of the part of the summer when my mother used to treat me to a tomato sandwich.  I know that sounds strangely simple in this age of fast food smorgasbords, but a tomato/mayo sandwich on fresh bread… tomato still warm from the garden… is a cherished memory that I can still taste and smell [...]


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 [...]


Let The Sweet Corn Begin

by Staff June 27, 2014

This culinary experience is a bit like eating local fresh strawberries or asparagus … if you eat local sweet corn when it’s in season, it’s a wonderful treat.  Although our local strawberry season is mostly done, the corn season is just beginning.  And it’s shaping up as one of the best corn crops ever in Virginia. We’ve had [...]


Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

by Staff June 9, 2014

A lot of us have no idea how a mushroom is grown.   We like mushrooms and eat mushrooms.  But the actual process of cultivation remains a mystery.  As it turns out, different varieties of mushrooms require different growing conditions and one of the most unique is the popular shiitake mushroom.  The Chinese have grown shiitake mushrooms for over [...]


The Spy In Your Tractor

by Staff March 30, 2014

There’s a new issue for many farmers.  No, it doesn’t have anything to do with soil conditions or weather or the cost of land or machinery. And it isn’t about the spyware in their computers.  It’s more about the spyware in their tractors. Recently farmers across the nation have become concerned about the way their [...]


The Humane Egg

by Staff January 31, 2014

Our neighbor raises chickens.  Happy chickens.  They run around on acres in a fenced yard, serenely pecking at worms and bugs.   We try to purchase their eggs every time we get a chance.  Those egg yolks range from bright yellow to dark yellow, and the yellows stand up at attention when the egg hits the frying [...]