Strawberry picking & can you can?

Strawberry picking in Pungo

Last week on an impulse, Jimmy and I headed out to Pungo, the rural section of Virginia Beach, to go strawberry picking! Eating local I just love getting out in the fields and picking my own fruits or vegetables. Eating local, seasonal produce is the best way to get the freshest, best tasting food available. I'm yanking the food out of the ground or off the vine and popping it right in my mouth. A warm strawberry from the field, red all the way to the center, is a totally sensual Continue Reading

Hooray for local produce

Sunday before Mary and I headed back to Norfolk, Amanda (in her quest to convince us that Asheville is the place we need to spend the rest of our days) took us to the hugely impressive WNC Farmers Market. Here Mary demonstrates our extreme love of ugly maters (that's tomatoes for you yankee types). I have to say some of the orifices were downright scary. I didn't choose this lovely variety (I believe it was called Candy Stripe) but took home two gorgeous Cherokee Purples. The honey was Continue Reading

Blackberry time!

Over the past year and then some, I've been making a concentrated effort to make my food choices matter, or like one of my favorite Herbivore shirts says, "Eat like you give a damn." Part of this is veganism, and part of it is eating locally and seasonally, which go hand in hand. Eating locally has a few obvious benefits: the dollars stay in your own community, you are supporting small businesses instead of giant corporations, many small local farms use sustainable practices, if you choose to Continue Reading

CSA Week Six

So the past two weeks Amanda's gotten my CSA since I was doing the whole wedding/honeymoon thing. The farm wrote us and said since the heat has been so awful, most of the spring crops have bolted (no cabbage for me, sniffle). But that means summer veggies are coming! Wooo hoo! Potatoes and little tomatoes next week! This week's harvest: Basil, Sweet Genovese - I'll be using this in a recipe with cherry tomatoes (a few from my own garden) and israeli couscous. I store basil in a clean glass of Continue Reading

CSA Week Two

Just picked up week two of my CSA share from Mattawoman Creek Farms. More leafy leafyness! Here's what I got. Wanna see my veggies growing outta the ground? Check it out! Bok Choi, Tatsoi, Red Oakleaf Lettuce, Mizuna, Waldmann’s Green Leaf Lettuce. Got these last week too, see notes on em from week one. Red Romaine & Green Romaine Lettuce. This will make salads. I'm thinking about making the caesar salad from Veganomicon, which I've never made yet. Spinach. Makes you strong like Popeye! No Continue Reading