Local Food

Local foods found in my backyard, at the farmers market or in the wild.

Celebrate strawberry season with local farms

Does anyone else look forward to strawberry season all year like I do? I crave this first fruit of spring and think that there is nothing that compares to the flavor of a fresh, in-season strawberry! Every year, I make a trip out to the Hall Family Farm to pick strawberries. Hall Family Farm is &hellip Continue reading »

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In season: Swiss Chard

This week’s find at the farmers market: I used it in a traditional Armenian recipe: Swiss chard and chickpeas.  

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Backyard Breakfast

 

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Backyard Pantry: Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

Look what I found in the backyard, Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes! They always grow divinely in our backyard here in Western NC. I throw them in the freezer just as they are so that I can feed my tomato addiction by adding them to sauces all winter long!  

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Slow Food USA $5 Challenge

The Slow Food USA $5 dinner challenge involved finding the real meaning in a “value meal”-a homemade meal shared with loved ones, made with fresh ingredients because “slow food shouldn’t cost more than fast food”.  The challenge: host a dinner party based around  locally sourced ingredients that support the slow food vision that cost less &hellip Continue reading »

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Homemade Yogurt Is Better

  The art of making yogurt is simple: all you need is a good starter culture, an environment that provides a stable and appropriate temperature and clean equipment so you get the proper cultures growing. As “easy” as this sounded, I still purchased my yogurt at the farmers market or organic at the grocery store. &hellip Continue reading »

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SNAP Cards Click at Roanoke Farmers Market

My mom loves to send me clipped articles from my hometown paper-the Roanoke Times. Not that anyone would ever need a reason to be proud to be from the ‘Noke, but I was when I read the title “SNAP cards click at farmers markets”. Through an “innovative system of tokens”, low income customers are able &hellip Continue reading »

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Roasted Radishes: The new star of spring

  A fresh radish at the farmers market signals the beginning of spring and the wealth of bounty that it offers. Radishes seem to be the vegetable that we all want to love for its vibrant color and availability yet no one quite knows what to do with it. Traditionally eaten raw, they add a &hellip Continue reading »

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Foraging can yield some wild tastes-right in your own backyard

By Lindsey Nair, Roanoke Times & World News, April 6th, 2011 My mom cut out this article from the Roanoke Times & World News and mailed it to me. I love the passion Lindsey Nair shares in all of her articles and this one was no exception, read on to learn about edible things in &hellip Continue reading »

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Creasy Greens-An Old Time Favorite

At the farmers market this week, I was about to leave when I spotted a new couple with a table full of rarely found creasy greens. The old time favorite was a welcome sight: with the newly warm weather and all the planting done, I was in need of a pick-me-up till the spring vegetables starting coming &hellip Continue reading »

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