Tag: Local

Juicy Fruit

The dilemma--what to do with the strawberries before they go bad?

Last night, I embarked on a science experiment. I started making a fruit-infused vinegar. I’ve been thinking about fruit infusions for a long time. I first encountered the concept years ago–an artist whom I had a brief crush on being…

Aliens and strangers … at Trader Joe’s

Vegetables

I’ve had mixed feelings about the opening of the first Trader Joe’s in Charlottesville. It’s hard to imagine what we’ve done to deserve it—we are, after all, a town of fewer than 40,000 people, though the county surrounding us is…

That can do spirit…

Quart jars heaped high with peaches, awaiting their turn in the boiling water bath.

My body’s in the kitchen at Leni Sorensen’s, taking a canning class, but my mind is far, far away. There’s a memory nibbling at the corners of my consciousness so part of me is blanching and peeling peaches and making…

Spring Fever

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While Baby worked on the site plan, I’ve been working diligently on a companion planting scheme for our garden on 10-1/2 Street. See, I have this whole thing about weeding–as in hating it, especially while sweating and swatting bugs in…