Monthly Archives: July 2013

THE AUCTIONEER AND THE FARMERS AT THE PRODUCE AUCTION

THE AUCTIONEER:  The Auctioneer of the produce auction is Gene Daniels.  He has impressive credentials-former president of the Virginia Beach farm bureau, former president of the Ruritan Club, former president of the Tidewater Pork Producers, former Farm Bureau farmer of … Continue reading

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RINGERS, EXPERTS AND AMATEURS AT THE PRODUCE AUCTION

This is our second year at the produce auction.  We have a permanent number: 274.  We go every other week so we are regulars now.  We are two of the faces the auctioneer looks for when he’s watching for bids. … Continue reading

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THUNDERSTORMS AND BLACKBERRIES IN THE EMPTY NEST

The message on the answering machine of  Pungo Blueberries, said “blackberries are plentiful”.  We were in the car by 7AM, hoping it wasn’t an old message. It wasn’t.  The blackberries were everywhere. They were ripe and they were sweet. There … Continue reading

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VITAMIN C IN THE EMPTY NEST – FRIEND OR FOE?

This year’s challenge is, of course, about canning and preserving.  We are going to attempt to cook only with what we preserve and to use what we preserve in creative, unexpected ways.  Hoping the “unexpected” is the pleasant sort of … Continue reading

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NO GMO’S IN THE EMPTY NEST

We write a lot about food and our search to find good food.  We’re not obsessed with organics, but we want fresh food, minimally processed at the very least.  There has been a lot written lately about GMO’s,  genetically modified … Continue reading

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