Golden Blends Barbecue – Buying Local

golden blends barbecause sauce

Golden Blends Sauce

Tim and I spent a couple of hours over the weekend at “The Festival of Leaves” in downtown Front Royal, Virginia (that blog post will come later this week). It’s a nice small festival with plenty of opportunities to support local charities, buy from area crafters and vendors, as well as […]

Shopping Local in the Shenandoah Valley

This picture is the result of a recent Saturday morning trip around my area of the Shenandoah Valley.

I stopped at the Mount Jackson Farmers’ Market to see Tara & Gerald and get a J & L Green Farm pork shoulder and eggs. I love that my small town has a place for me to […]

Shopping Local for Chicken in the Shenandoah Valley

75 pounds of local chicken

My freezer is the new home of 75 pounds of locally grown pasture-raised chicken. As I’ve shared, I have a lot of issues when it comes to eating meat, but I don’t feel bad when I buy chicken from J & L Green Farm. Their chickens live a pretty […]

2011 Vegetable and Flower Seed Catalogs

2011 Seed Catalogs

It’s official — I’m overwhelmed with seed ordering options.

I have a stack of seed catalogs, a working plan for our 50 x 70 foot garden, and a big marker. Now I just need about 10 extra hours in each day to pick out, sew, transplant, nurture, pick, process, and […]

Shenandoah Christmas Trees – Where to Buy

Christmas Tree

In my family, Thanksgiving is the official start to the Christmas decorating season. In the Shenandoah Valley, it starts even earlier, so if you’re like me, you’re already behind!

When you’re ready to buy your tree, you have the option of going to a big-box store, but for about the same price, […]