All posts tagged: Local Food

Rhubarb Yum Yum

I was gifted with two rhubarb plants a few years ago and, until this year, has gone relatively unused.  A crime, I know.  Now these lovelies are ready to feed and nourish and I have just the recipes to share: Rhubarb Bars from Little House Living Rhubard Custard Bars from Taste of Home Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam from Taste of Home Sad to say that I never got a picture of these goodies as they disappeared shortly after emerging from the oven. Except for the jam.  There are a few jars left! The rhubarb is from our garden and the strawberries are from Chiles Orchard in Crozet, just outside of Charlottesville VA.  This orchard is ‘local’, if you are following the 100-mile diet, and all the produce we have purchased from them has been above par. I invite you to explore your local resources and enjoy the seasonal bounty!

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Highland County Maple Festival

Every year, residents and visitors alike, look forward to the Highland County Maple Festival.  This celebration occurs the second and third weekend of March; for 2016, March 12-13 and 19-20.  One weekend will be beautiful and the other rainy/snowy.  We are betting on which weekend will host which weather and the consensus seem to be this coming weekend (12-13) will be on the sunny side.  Both weekends hold something for everyone; food, crafts, entertainment, a picture-taking palooza (even when the weather is bleak). Making the syrup from tree sap has been a tradition in many areas for generations, some have it down to a science, monitoring day/night temps to know what the sap yield will be.  For those of you who wish to make your own syrup and are interested in tips from a backyard tapper, check out Kathie’s post on tapping backyard trees. If you plan to be in the area, take the long way home and swing through Monterey.  The drive home is always yummier when you have a box of warm maple sugar doughnuts!   …