Saturday, April 24, 2010
Click Here to sign Jamie's petition for better food in America's public schools. You can roll over each state and see how many people from each state have signed. Virginia has almost reached 12,500. That puts us a couple thousand below North Carolina, and about 50 thousand behind California. As for West Virginia, the state that played host to Jamie's Food Revolution Television show... they are at 5,343 signatures, interesting stuff. Check out Jamie's Food Revolution website to track progress and learn more on how you can help. The site even has a two week school meal plan with recipes included.
Locally, our new Richmond chapter of Slow Food has made transforming the food in our area public schools part of their mission. To learn more about Slow Food Richmond, and maybe join in, click here.
If you want more info here are some related reports from The Institutes of Medicine of The National Academies:
"PRESENTATION ON ASHEVILLE'S PERMACULTURE PARK!
Tuesday April 27th, 7-9pm, Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Currently residing in Richmond's Museum District, Jonathan Brown is a certified urban permaculturalist who, with his wife, developed the nation's first edible, public forest garden in the City of Asheville, NC, the George Washington Carver Edible Park. This presentation will highlight this and some well developed urban ecology projects from around the country.
Location: Tricycle Gardens Headquarters, 211 West 7th Street
I plan to be there. This is some really exciting stuff. Also, if you haven't spent all your money already at this weekend's Herbs Gallore, there is still time buy Tricycle Gardens own kitchen garden plants. Tricycle will be selling their organically grown vegetable plants over the next few weeks at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Plant Sale Thursday, April 29, through Saturday May 1, and at The South of the James Market twice per Month. I have been buying from them for the last couple years. The plants are healthy, organically grown, affordable, and the money you spend with them goes to support their very worthwhile mission.
Visit their website for more information.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Dirt is airing on PBS tonight at 10:00pm. Check it out, and don't be afraid of the talking microbes!
Monday, April 19, 2010
NEW hours are Wednesday 3-7 pm and Saturday 8am -noon Click here for their website. This Market has only grown since it's opening last year. This year their vendor list shows 31 food and plant vendors and another dozen or so soap and craft vendors.
South of the James Market:Forest Hill Ave & 42nd Street. Saturday's from 8 am - 12 pm, May 1, 2010 - December 4, 2010. Music, prepared foods, pottery, crafts and food. The huge vendor list is meant for both this market and the Bryan Park Market. In the past the South of the James Market has actually had the majority of the vendors listed at this market every week. A much smaller number have attended the Bryan Park Market. We'll see what this year brings.
Bryan Park Market: The Market Manager, who also runs the South of the James Market under The Market Umbrella is now referring to this market as The North of the James Market. Held in Bryan park across from the soccer field. Lakeside Ave and I-95, exit 80. Tuesdays from 3 - 7 pm. May 4, 2010 - October 26, 2010
The Farmers' Market at Saint Stephen's: This market has doubled in size in only its second year. Along with its focus on local producers, this market creates a neighborhood destination where local bands perform every week, and folks can linger over coffee and breakfast, while supporting local food. Click here for the market webpage, which has a link to the vendor list. 6000 Grove Avenue, Saturdays from 8-12, May through October
Lakeside Market: 6110 Lakeside Ave.Richmond, VA 23228 Every Wednesday this site has two Markets! One from 8AM til Noon and a second market 3PM til 7PM. The Vendors are different from the morning to the afternoon time slot. There is also a Saturday market, 8AM til Noon. Although I could always find plenty of great produced here, this market has stayed small since it's opening two years ago. That may change now that new market pavilion has been completed. The open air pavilion provides shade, light if needed for evening markets, and ceiling fans. The market will run May-November.
17th St Farmers Market: Richmonds oldest and recently revitalized farmer market has four different event days a week. The growers market starts this Saturday April 24 at 9:00am and runs unil 4:00pm. Victory Farm will be there This Saturday Only. A second grower market is held on Thursdays and runs from 8:30 am until 4:00pm. The first Thursday Market of the 2010 season will be on April 29. If you haven't been to this market in a while this Saturday might be a good time to give it a try. Check out all the Markets events and times here.Market at Huguenot and Robious: Now Open! This Market Is every Thursday from 10:00am-3:00pm. Held At the Great Big Greenhouse on Southside, this market has been carrying on indoors throughout the winter. It looks like the outdoor market started back up on April 1st. They are advertising beets among other items for this week. Last year I heard from some vendors and some shoppers that this was their favorite market. The work day hours of this market have meant that I have yet to check it out.
Monument Market: (NEW) Saturdays, 8 am-noon, May 1-October 2
Corner of Monument Avenue & North Robinson Street at the First Baptist Church. Free Parking.
The Goochland Farmers Market:Sats. 8am-Noon May-Oct. 2955 River Road West Goochland . Starts May 1st. Goochland Farmer's Market offers a mix of Crafters and Food Producers. in a lovely setting. Click here to check out their vendor list.
The Ashland Farmers Market: Duncan Street behind the Town Hall. This is a Saturday Market running May 1 through October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Try and check out their web page here for updates. They have a nice setup of links by date to list what vendors/products will be available, however currently all links are to blank pages. Perhaps has market season picks up these will fill in.
The Chester Farmers Market: This is also a Saturday Market starting May 1st and running through October. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chester Village Green opposite the Chester Library on Centre St. in Chester. The Market will be closed on Saturday Sept. 26 for ChesterFest. This was a new market last year and I have yet to check it out. Their website states their products as typically..."Produce locally grown and trucked Vegetable plants and flowers in season Honey, bread, preserves, herbs, eggs Handmade soaps, craft items." Their website also carries this message...."You don't have to be a truck farmer to sell at the Chester market. If you have an abundance of vegetables or fruit from your garden or even eggs, honey or other home raised food stuff sign up and bring it to the market. Don't let it go to waste." A practice that varies with other markets around town.
Market at Whole Foods in Glen Allen: Thursdays 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. from April 22 through October 21st . This market is held in front of the store. Locally grown produce, baked goods and jewelry is sold here.
News on other Richmond area markets is in the works...
Amy's Garden: Asparagus, Salad, Asparagus, Chard and Eggs
Bread for the People: Baguettes, Foccacia (feta, herbs, olives...), Brioche, Wheat loaves, Rolls and other good breads - firstname.lastname@example.org
Deer Run Farm: Tender Young Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs and more
Empress Farms: Whole Turkey, Ground Turkey Turkey cutlets, Turkey eggs, Rabbit, canned apple goods (Apple-Maple Jam, Spicy Pickled Tomatoes...) rabbits.for.you@gmail..com and sometimes
Faith Farm Food: Grass Fed Beef, Pastured Poultry & Pork, Amish Roll Butter, Farm Fresh Eggs, Noodles, Jams, Honey, Amhurst Mill 3-grain Pancake Mix, Grits, Buckwheat, Self-rising cornmeal; Organic raw meat Dog food and treats - faithfarmfoods.blogspot.com
Perennial Pleasures Plant Pharm: Blossoming branches and cut flowers - See examples at perennialpleasures.blogspot.com
Rural Virginia: Asparagus, Mushrooms, Herbed Butters, Spinach and Preserves ... ruralvirginiamarket.com
Thistledowne Farm: Beautiful sacs of early spring salad greens and kale, flats of lettuce and pansies plants, Jams (Peach-Rosemary, Blueberry-Basil...), Pizelles, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and handmade Soaps ... thistledownefarm.gmail.com
Sub Rosa Bread: Offers exclusive monthly subscriptions to a naturally leavened, rustic, wood fired bread every week for the period of that month - subrosabread.blogspot.com
I am not sure why the phrase "and sometimes" is left hanging above Faith Farm. If you are planning on going just for them you may want to check in with them or with Ana at the Byrd House.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This is the perfect fueling stop before taking on the Charlottesville wineries. It is easy to get to from 64, and in a lovely part of town. Stay tuned for Day Trip, Part 2- Wine! where we get lost and get found with some of Virginia's best wines.I loved this place. It can be a bit hectic, so it may not be the right spot for a quite restful meal, but if your up for a bit of deli-market style energy then you will be well rewarded. The amount of delicious food that surrounds you, wines and hard ciders you can't find in Richmond, the cheese counter, the olives and olive oils, candies and chocolates, and packages of prepared foods made with local eggs, chicken, dairy and greens, all give you plenty to look at while you wait for your own meal to be served. I had the Polyface chicken salad sandwich and I dare say it was the best chicken salad sandwich I have ever had. Served on Albemarle Baking Company bread the chicken was finely pulled or maybe slightly pureed for a nice texture. Smoked Gouda cheese and some kind of slightly spicy Dijon mustard topped it off. I had mine with a small salad of fresh greens. I could barely finish I was so full, but it was so good I didn't waste a bit.... delicious!One flaw with the whole set up is the restroom issue. There is a one person bathroom in the common area connecting the various shops however, it is locked and you need to get the code in order to open the door. That worked out, we did a quick walk through of the connected kitchen wares shop and headed two doors down, straight to Gearhart's Chocolate! Well, almost "straight," as we walked past the shop entrance twice before finding the small but well appointed shop. We each got an 8 piece chocolate box as an Easter treat for family. You can pick out your own beautiful chocolates from the case or take a pre-packaged box. An eight piece box will cost you about $13 (about half the price I paid for 8 turtles at Godiva earlier this year). I picked out the Earl Grey, The Michigan, the Maya and the Mint Julep to name a few. So far not one has disappointed, which I can say because my husband has generously shared with me. The chocolate is made there for the Charlottesville shop, and now also for the new location on Libbie Ave. in Richmond.
If your interested in Raw Milk one option is Avery's Branch. Check out This post I did a while back. Avery's Branch Milk is available by purchasing a "Cow Share." Basically you become buy into the cow and in return you get milk. There are different pickup locations around town including several farmer's markets and shops like Olio on Meadow and Good Foods Grocery in the Westend at Gaskins and on Southside. The owner of Olio has enough room in his refrigerated case to store the milk until shareholders have the opportunity to come and pick it up. Check out their complete drop site list here.
Finally.... Breast Milk anyone??! Okay, this is one time when knowing your source might be a little awkward. Check out this unusual blogger story and Washington Post article about a respected restaurants dabbling with breast milk cheese! Warning... the comments on the Post site get a bit raunchy.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Richmond Ground Up at Blogspot
Richmond Ground Up at Facebook
First Byrd House Crop Mob
Sunday, April 11, 2010
This week Elwood Thompsons has asparagus as well. If I remember correctly it was from about 70 miles southeast of Richmond. By the time I came across it yesterday the heads were looking rough as they had become dried out and somewhat fallen apart. Still, I snapped the stalks, using the "no pressure method" of course, blanched them, and then quickly sauteed them with olive oil and garlic. They were delicious, and hopefully I can enjoy naked and nearly raw asparagus this week as the Fall Line Farms Co-op has an abundance of fresh picked asparagus for it's members. When it rains it pours!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Now there is a new book by journalist, and Vermont farmer Ben Hewitt that tells the story of this towns revitalization and the vital role local and artisanal foods played. Check out The Town That Food Saved. I just started reading my copy this morning, and it promises to be a great read on the subject of local food and it's importance to our health as individuals and our communities.