This month’s issue of The Washingtonian examines the meaning of local: an enlightened way of eating or marketing buzzword?
Willowsford’s ‘in house’ farm may be perceived as just another amenity to provide “farm to table attributes,” to sell to prospective residents of the mega house development. However, I wonder how would our world be changed if all new developments included a farm? What if it were required of the developer, like water, sewer, runoff mitigation and stoplights?
I’ve always been a little intimidated by cooking meat-centric dishes. So when I heard about Fields of Athenry Farm’s Basic Meat Cookery class, I signed up on the spot. And I’m so glad I did.
Farmmatch.com aims to connect consumers, producers and sellers of local food—all elements of the food production chain—by allowing them to post a profile of themselves on a map, listing the produce they buy or sell. This free service is open to farmers, CSAs, farmers markets and consumers of all sizes, from households to restaurants.
Last month, I discovered an unusual and super fun way to spend a Saturday morning…at Catoctin Creek Distillery, helping to bottle the latest batch of their popular Roundstone Rye with 20 fellow Catoctin Creek fans.
We visited Blue Ridge Produce in Elkwood, Virginia to tour their facility and find out about their business model. Blue Ridge Produce is a for profit local produce wholesale ‘aggregator’, which means they buy from lots of little guys to sell to the big guys.