Avocado toast bar! Cashew “bread”, roasted veg, blistered tomatoes & capers, herbed avocado smash.
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Avocado toast bar! Cashew “bread”, roasted veg, blistered tomatoes & capers, herbed avocado smash.
@happy_family_ranch bought the deliciousness to @barkingrosebeer tonight!
#birriatacos #fauquiercounty #fauquiercountyva #dceats #tacos #smallbusiness #eatlocal #craftbeer #virginialiving #yummy
Necessary things to plan for success during the next week…
Thanks to @journeywithme333 & @phoenixartisansoaps I had a salt scrub, then a soak while I watched the snow fall.
Okay, so we had an almost midnight snack while getting some things ready to enjoy during the games this weekend…the Store at Locust Hill in Fauquier County, Virginia knows what’s good!
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Yes! So true. How fortunate are we to live in a community where this is possible!
Food shortages. They’re scary. We were sent a bunch of pictures from folks going to the grocery stores only to be met with empty shelves…again.
And what can you do? You can’t go to the stock room and demand that they put out more chicken breasts or bananas. They don’t have it. And what they do have - astronomical prices far outweighing the quality you receive.
Where your grocery store food comes from is so many steps and miles removed from the shelves you actually buy them from. Most of the panic revolves around not knowing *when* they will be restocked again. This causes people to buy more than what they need and, in turn, empty the shelves. Add in overall production shortages, a lack of truckers, and you have a recipe for disaster.
You know who does have food and products in stock? Your local farmers. You know how to buy directly from the source and know exactly when your food will be restocked? Your local farmers. You know who doesn’t struggle with commercial production and shipping issues? Your local farmers. You know who doesn’t have those astronomical fluctuations in their prices? Your local farmers. You know how to feel really good about the quality of your food and see where it comes from with your own eyes? Your local farmers.
When your feed lot, commercially raised, poor quality fed, packed by the thousands, killed by the tens of thousands, often recalled meat is priced much higher than your locally produced meat that is raised right, fed right, and processed right - we gotta problem, y’all.
The issue isn’t the commercial production and distribution stressors. It’s a sustainability issue. You keep your dollars local, local businesses can grow, they can then put out more (and better) products for you at a lower cost and the money rotates and grows at the local level. You know what that isn’t affected by? National shortages.
Better yet. Start planning your garden or even just throw a parsley plant in your windowsill. Look into raising a couple chickens, if you can. Join a community garden. Look into farmer’s markets in your area. Find your local farmers, bakers, gardeners, artisans.
Sustainability is the key.
Name your favorite local farmers, bakers, makers, artisans, gardeners, and crafters in the comments.
Ps - we have a beef restock coming tomorrow!
So perfect for winter! Put some local goodness in your slow cooker with proteins & more from the Store at Locust Hill in beautiful Fauquier County, Virginia! We can’t wait to get our hands on some of the soft pretzels they carry from a local baker 🥨
Fun Fact: January is National Slow Cooking Month!
While for many of us, slow cooking traditionally means a crock pot, you can also slow cook in your oven at a low temperature, or with a sous vide!
And our local beef is a great option to slow cook - no matter if you are using a crock pot, roasting pan in the oven or sous vide!
Some great cuts for slow cooking: chuck roasts, bottom round roasts, eye round roasts, sirloin tip roasts, and brisket (yes, you can slow cook brisket in the oven and have it come out delicious!)...all of which you can find in the store!
Come grab some
Today (until 1)
Tomorrow (Friday) 1-5
And let your preferred method of slow cooking fix dinner while you are shoveling snow on Sunday and Monday!
Full disclosure - this is not our picture of a pot roast, but a borrowed one - ours don't usually last long enough for pretty pictures before they are eaten!
Support local, y’all!
Here’s two ways to do so in @visitfauquier
1. Buy directly from a business like @journeywithme333 (amazingly luscious body butter & emollient rich scrub) purchased at the @farmersmarketwarrenton
2. Find a National or international brand like this @nestfragrances candle that you can purchase locally at @carterandspence in @experienceotw
Christmas brunch was delicious! Loved the veggies we made today. Crispy Potatoes with poached garlic & cunchy sage & roasted brussles sprouts with chopped candied nuts from @princessandthepilot at the @farmersmarketwarrenton !
When one of your favorite people visits with the minis you do at home Korean style bbq! We ate all the things & added cooking on the solo stove to maximize space when we got impatient 😬
Pork belly, brisket, rib eye, short ribs.
Savory pancakes with grilled octopus, veggies, & sesame leaf.
Roasted chicken with a ginger-sesame-garlic rub.
Baby corn, zucchini, bok choy, & sh*ttake.
When I’m not in the kitchen, I love donning all of the colors, textures, & patterns of @brackish from @carterandspence, @johnnywas, & @studioluxeboutique. Together. And I would wear them in the kitchen if it wasn’t against the rules 😂
Part of the fun of working in both the small farm & food industries (which, btw should always go hand in hand) is getting to enjoy the work of other chefs. @seasaltrockford of Distinguished Engagements presented a beautiful multi-course dinner paired with the most fantasticn wines courtesy of Somm Tony Ruffo at Whiffletree Farm. The event was organized by mastermind & owner/operator of Distinguished Engagements, @Theresa Ruffo-Swanson. Bradie, their beyond talented pastry chef, wowed the crowd with a Basque style cheesecake- the perfect end to an amazing gastronomic tour in our own backyard. The menu was inspired by Chef Ryan & Somm Tony’s travels 🌎 🥂🧑🏽🌾 🧑🏾🍳
Creating cozy, warm, & inviting spots in our house this morning as I get ready to bake a cake for a very special birthday celebration ❤️
Who doesn’t like a good pair of textured tights paired with a little festive sparkle? Just got in from a lovely day at @salamanderresort with one of my dearest gal pals. Getting massages & dining together for the past 24 years! Cheers to at least 24 more 🥂
Chocolate-cherry oatmeal with ground flax seeds, tart cherry juice, sweet cherries, h**p hearts, collagen, & topped with a little spoon of royal jelly.
Some prebiotic ingredients for happy insides 🙂
Folks, please remember that royal jelly should not be heated or cooked. Top only when your oatmeal has cooled quite a bit.
This dreary day calls for a cup of comforting wellness!
Chai spice blend (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, black pepper) , cacao powder, turmeric, mushroom powder blend (Lion's Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps, Maitake, Shiitake, Turkey Tail, Chaga), turmeric, & Sharkawi Farm stevia powder (from the Warrenton Farmers Market) in a blend of coconut & oat milk.
Learn the basics of home canning with one of the best around, Debbie Roland! Debbie has over 40 years of experience & teaches private & group lessons 🙂
Come meet her on Saturday! She’ll be canning applesauce 🍎🍏🍎
Elena Sonnino inspired me to start a morning practice of tea, skincare, & setting daily intentions ❤️🙏🏽🙌🏾
Love this M61 Skincare from Bluemercury!
I have been happily shopping with them in store & online since the mid 2000’s :)
I don’t usually post publicly when it comes to negative reviews HOWEVER, there’s a first time for everything.
How disappointing @freshbeauty . I have been purchasing your products as a customer for over a dozen years (1/3 of my life!!!) & you cannot even send an email or return a phone call to assist me with my order issue. I needed this order in a timely manner & shipping did not take long but to wait 72 hours between every voice mail message or email I submit is unacceptable. I am having to resubmit information & photos that I included in my very first contact to ensure resolution in a timely manner. I have been providing customer service for my job from home with no issues at all... I understand you serve a *much* larger customer base, but please figure out how to handle the scale of your situation accordingly. Do not underestimate the value of customer service, even after your company has grown so much. I love your products but this experience may end up costing you a once loyal customer.
Learn to cook the perfect steak on the grill! We cooked some NY Strip & Delmonico from Happy Family Ranch, Inc. & some beef short ribs from Sierra Linda Farm with Chef Pete from Culinaria Cooking School!
Coming to the Warrenton Farmers Market today? Grilling season is upon us! Stock up now 🙂
Our friends from Happy Family Ranch, Inc. have a message for you:
“This week at the Warrenton Farmer's Market we are doing it big with beef!! Happy Family Steak sale!! We have something for everyone.
**"Dinner for two" 2lbs/$35**
-New York Strips
**"Family Affair"** 2lbs/$20
- Sirloin Steaks (bone in or boneless)
- Flat iron
-Top/Bottom Round roast”
Special thanks to Tito Chef Pete of Culinaria Cooking School for coming out to grill with me so that I could film & take photos! You are appreciated!!! And we were stuffed...
It’s FRIYAY! Are you ready for an at home happy hour?!?
So are my friends at Mad Magic Kombucha, Erin's Elderberries, Gonzales Farm VA, Diep Roots, Town Duck & My Buddy's Nuts!
Thank you to my very talented friends Megan & Mike who helped style & produce this fun series 🙂
Get everything you need at the Warrenton Farmers Market, Archwood Green Barns Farmer's Market, & in Experience Old Town Warrenton in beautiful Visit Fauquier County, Virginia!
Ooooh...I almost forgot about wardrobe credits lol!
Thank you Carter & Spence for stocking fab accessories (I wore my pheasant bracelet from Brackish) & Town Duck for my special order aprons!
Just the kind of dinner we like...
The Warrenton Farmers Market in Experience Old Town Warrenton & Archwood Green Barns Farmer's Market in The Plains are places where deliciousness begins...
Fauquier County, Virginia is the place where folks in the D.C. area can come to get to know their farmers through food & drink!
Now...if we only had some brews from Powers Farm & Brewery!
❤️Virginia is for Lovers...food lovers ❤️
Virginia Farmers Market Association
Love this little shop!
Carter & Spence
It’s almost Mother’s Day & Carter & Spence in Experience Old Town Warrenton offers some fabulous collections to help you choose something special for your mom!
They have an Alex Monroe trunk show happening & are offering a 20% discount 🙂
After you visit the Warrenton Farmers Market on Saturday, stop in or order in advance to pick up your wrapped gift curbside!
Listen to this week’s podcast episode to hear what Carter Nevill, has to say about the importance of local food & small businesses in Fauquier County, ❤️
Yum! Field & Main Restaurant
Did you know?
Wednesday - Monday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, we offer a daily dinner meal that includes a starter, entree, and side - $20 - $45 per person.
All you have to do is warm up your meal in the oven when you are ready to eat! Dinners are only available on the day indicated. We recommend pre-ordering as they do tend to sell out quickly.
Check out this week's line up here - including an extra special dinner for Mother's Day! https://www.toasttab.com/fieldandmaintogo/v3
By the way - the picture shown is tonight's 8 oz NY Strip dinner with salad, fingerling potatoes, and Neal's Steak Sauce. 😋
❤ some Calico Jack's
A RELAXED MOM IS A HAPPY MOM!
Let Calico Jack’s help provide that feeling 🙂
My pal Kristi & her hubby own Calico Jack's (a veteran owned & operates business) in the City of Manassas, right in the heart of Old Town. I fell in love with them when they were a vendor next to my friends Happy Family Ranch, Inc. at the City of Manassas Farmer's Market a few years ago.
Please support this hardworking family’s dream- to provide folks with all natural products crafted with love & to support other local artisans by providing a retail outlet in which to sell their products.
Visit them after you visit the farmers market this Saturday, just in time for Mother’s Day 🙂
Please help our friends at Ellie's Place. They REALLY need the support from customers right now. Order a meal for yourself, your family, or donate to feed essential healthcare workers!
PLEASE HELP!!! PLEASE SHARE!
Ellie's Place NEEDS SUPPORT!!! CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY A MEAL FOR AN ESSENTIAL HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEE!
And one for yourself!
My friend Zan & his wife Ann have a small cafe in Old Town Warrenton named after their sweet little 3 year old, Ellie.
They don’t qualify for any economic relief right now (& would probably have to wait forever to get it if they did).
They are struggling. And somehow, while they are struggling, they still found it in their hearts to fulfill the promise of meals to essential hospital personnel that they made before the funding for that big order fell through.
Please, please please buy a lunch or dinner from them to help them keep their lights on!!!
Listen in on my conversations with Carter Nevill, Mayor of Warrenton & Neal Wavra of Field & Main Restaurant :)
Two lovely gentlemen who truly care about the people in our community, local food, the environment, & being positive agents of change.
We chat with Carter Nevill, Mayor of Warrenton & Neal Wavra of Field & Main Restaurant to discuss the various ways food can have a positive impact on individuals, create a sense of community, make opportunities for our youth & boost the local economy.
Cook along with me while you listen to the @cheffarmandfork podcast. I utilized my @farmersmarketwarrenton finds from Gonzales Produce, @livingspringsmicrogreens , & @tasteofoldcountry !
Here’s our debut cooking episode, it’s 1 of 2 podcast episodes that have dropped this week:
Check out Episode 2.0 (& 2.1!) of the Chef, Farm, & Fork Podcast!
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim of Living Springs Microgreens LLC as well as Monica & Kiley of Fortis Farms. Both are small operations that are able to provide delicious, nutritious product to customers year-round!
Plus, if you've ever wondered about aeroponic tower gardens, Fortis Farms believes in them so much that they are willing to get you all set up with your own :)
What a great resource!
You can find Living Springs Microgreens at the Warrenton Farmers Market, Hidden Julles-Haymarket, & on Fish Fridays at Town Duck.
Fortis Farms is doing text to order (see their page) & also selling at the Re*****on Community Garden Market.
There are so many ways to support our local farmers, ranchers, & growers. We hope that you'll give us a listen to find out how!
This week we speak to two farms that utilize non-traditional farming methods to grow their products. Tim, from Living Springs Microgreens has a passion for achieving health through delicious, functional foods. Kiley Doll & Monica Christian of Fortis Farms have cracked the code for year-round product...
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