Recipe: Summer Heirloom Tomatoes w/ Shell Bean Hummus

If now’s not the time to celebrate Virginia tomatoes then we’re not sure when the time is – and they’re only going to get better. Any day now we’ll be seeing huge Cherokee’s and other beautiful heirloom varieties on our floor, all brought in by local farmers such as Amy’s Garden and Victory Farms. If you’re looking for an untraditional way to enjoy these tomatoes, try this delicious recipe we found over at Bon Appetit that blends the juicy flavors of summer with Mediterranean cuisine.

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Roasted Local Okra

We just got in some delicious local okra from our good friend Buddy. How local are we talking about? How about 1.2 miles? Okra is a flowering plant in the mallow family that’s valued for its edible green seed pods. Originating in Africa, the plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world – especially here in Virginia.

Not sure what to do with okra, let this simple rosting recipe take care of the guessing work.

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Baked Acorn Squash With Walnut Oil and Maple Syrup

With local winter squash starting to roll in, take advantage of this easy recipe for a treat the whole family will enjoy. You’ll have your kids requesting squash on a regular basis. Acorn squash has a wonderful mild flavor and goes well with sweet and nutty seasonings such as maple syrup or honey. Try this version out and let us know what you think!

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Herb of the Month: Nettles

When in doubt, give nettles.” -David Hoffman, herbalist – by Megan Jones

Summer is just about here and with it comes the beauty of the season.  Green is everywhere, numerous flowers have already bloomed and gone and the temperatures are perfect.   It’s a paradise for most, but let’s face it:  if you are one in 50 million Americans who suffers from seasonal allergies, then it might not be such a welcoming season.   You might even find yourself wishing winter was still here so that you could feel normal again.

There is no cure for allergies, but fortunately with proper preparation and regimen, they can be minimized significantly. In addition, there are a few herbs that have been used to help the body adjust to seasonal pollen.

Enter the Stinging Nettle, a rock star of an herb known mostly for its ability to keep allergies at bay.    However, its real fame is due to its lesser-known uses as a nutritious source of food, versatile medicine and overall tonic herb throughout history.

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Basil, Spinach and Arugula Pesto

In my opinion, as a bit of a foodie, the best pesto that I have ever had came from my mother. During the appropriate months, she grows an abundance of organic basil in her back yard which receives plenty of sunlight. She makes basil in such large amounts that she takes the remainder of what she doesn’t use, freezes it in ice cube trays and uses it later. The taste and flavor of these melted pesto ice cubes are almost identical to that of fresh. Continue reading

Could It Be That Time Again?

As summer comes to a halt, so comes the time to put the kiddies back on the bus. But it’s hard to keep track of what they are eating while they are not at home. Gain some reassurance that they are getting the nutrition that they need! From August 23-29 we will be having a “Back to School” week highlighting some really great products that will satisfy both you and your child!

We will be posting some really great recipes, highlighting some staff picks and demoing some really great products such as Fruit 66! So be sure to check back in with us!

PS: We haven’t forgotten about you, college students! We will be highlighting some products that are right up your alley as well.