...and the stories that tie them together.
“Local” is the trending buzzword of the day, particularly in the D.C. area. Restaurants built on the premise of sourcing locally; local food festivals; local wine movements; and events like Small Business Saturday. Even local music proponents are hopping on board. Such hyper-focused emphasis on buying local products and living, breathing and embodying a local identityRead More
My feature in the November issue of Northern Virginia Magazine was the most atypical piece I’ve—ever—written. When I first got the assignment, I went into it thinking it had nothing to do with culture and place, the two main topics I always seem to find myself crashing into, head-first. I was wrong.Read More
There is a very beaten path in Harpers Ferry. Particularly in the fall, when the leaves in the low-lying mountains turn to gold and the small West Virginia town—the perfect distance for a D.C. day trip—makes its last call for outdoor sports before winter. In a town of under 300 people, it’s hard toRead More
1. Lavender is farmed.
In fact, there are well over 100 lavender farms across the United States. Though most tend to be concentrated on the west coast, it’s a slowly growing agro-industry.
I recently visited White Oak Lavender Farm, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The family-run farm, which grows over 30 varietiesRead More