Making AlbariƱo

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…

Sit Stay Training Featured at Dog Days Festival

My dogs don’t follow instructions. They’re smart guys who understand English pretty well, but they generally do what pleases them, not what pleases me. When I tell them to get off the bed, for example, they do this: Meghann Weller-Redmer, owner of Sit Stay Dog Training, says there’s a simple reason for that: I praise…

Leesburg Chiropractic Pursues Total Wellness

When I visited Leesburg Chiropractic last week, Dr. Sampson gave me company pen that looked like it had been slammed in a drawer. Between the words “Leesburg” and “Chiropractic”, the pen bent sharply, and though it kind of straightened out again after the last ‘c’, you couldn’t make the cap stay on at either end…