Making Albariño

If the complicated world of wine, with its weirdly-named varietals and strange descriptions — like, how can wine be dry? or have a nose? — has ever mystified you, consider the photo at left. That’s what I saw the first time I ventured into the building where the wine is made at Bluemont Vineyard. A…

Hailey’s Bean Salad

The bean salad we enjoyed at Meredith’s going away party came from a book called Plant Pure Nation, which is the practical companion to a film detailing what happened to people in small-town North Carolina who stopped eating animals for a couple of weeks — their diseases of affluence disappeared. It’s a subversive documentary which…

Strictly Speaking About Kale

Does it matter if I say my kale is healthy? Or my broccoli? Or my shot of wheatgrass juice? Michael Ruhlman thinks it does. “No food is healthy,” Ruhlman reminds us. “Not even kale.” In an article in Sunday’s Washington Post, Ruhlman asserts that one reason most of us eat poorly is that we think…

Farm Table in Winter

Seems like a cosmic lesson: I’ve just fallen in love with eating food right out of the ground — that broccoli! those beets! — and now there isn’t anymore? Seasonalism is a great adventure in nourishment and discovery, moving from the May rows of the garden through the November rows like a progressive dinner party…

So long, Farmhands

Kia Ora, as we say in Maori — meaning ‘Be well and healthy.’ We being me and the New Zealanders I’ll be meeting soon. Some of you may recognize my name from school tours, CSA emails, or visits to the market. I have been a part of Great Country farms since 2013, when I began…

Dirt Farm Hits the Bottle

On Tuesday, Janell, Bruce, Nick, Wes and I gathered in the tap room to generate label content for the two beers we’ll be bottling soon. We sniffed and sipped and savored and threw out all the words we could think of. Here’s the result of that brainstorm:  Work Session IPA We call it “Work,” but…