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
“We started with 36 trees.” David Weinschel tugged at the nearest overhanging branch, ripe with apples, and handed it to me. “Now we are close to 100.”
Though 100 apple trees sounded like a lot to me, the amount of actual space (and fruit-yielding potential) the orchard takes up on its 50-acre property is pretty minuscule, relatively. But it’sRead More
Last weekend I attended Northern Virginia’s annual Korean festival. Located in Centreville, VA, the city’s population of approximately 71,000 topped out in last year’s census with a 25% (and growing) Asian demographic, many of whom are Korean. That’s not to mention Fairfax County, where Centreville is located; the Asian population there is nearly 20%.Read More
1. There are no horses on Chincoteague.
No wild ones, anyway. Contrary to the connections perpetrated in the minds of thousands of pre-teen girls across the last 6 decades, the title of Marguerite Henry’s popular novel “Misty of Chincoteague” is a bit of a misnomer. It really should be “Misty of Assateague”.Read More
Like trends in fashion, music, architecture and art, business trends come and go, and are great tools to connect the past to the present. One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to walk through its historical district, to see how old spaces have been converted into something new. The current uses of the sites illuminate popular trends today, while the spacesRead More
“Mommy, it tastes like the sun!” The little girl squealed, her red-stained fingers and mouth evidence that she was more far interested in eating the strawberries than collecting them. Her nearly empty bucket corroborated.
More than half of the strawberry pickers in the patch were around her age, and collectively, they were probably eating doubleRead More