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Sweet potatoes: The other orange seasonal standout

Pumpkins may take center stage in fall decorations and desserts, but sweet potatoes are the real autumn stars when it comes to home gardens.


Colder weather doesn’t chill interest in farmers markets

Until a few years ago, the Christmas holiday usually meant the end of the season for farmers markets across the state. They often wouldn’t reopen until mid-May.


Survey: Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal cost decreases for 2014

Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $5 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.


Dinner Diva: Get back to your roots … A Root Vegetable Primer

Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a little primer for you to get all you can from root vegetables including how easy they are to grow and how to prepare them!


Seven reasons why saturated fats should be valued, not vilified

For many people, the word “fat” strikes instantaneous fear of heart disease and weight gain. Add the word “saturated”, and the brain sounds alarm bells. But, if Mother Nature made saturated fat so delicious, how could it be death-inducing?


Dinner Diva: Eat rich for less

I could sit here all day and tell you that eating a healthy diet will pay for itself in spades in the long run, but the fact is, we only have so much money to spend on food.


Getting fresh produce at farmers’ markets is a SNAP

There are more than 240 farmers’ markets in Virginia, and now more consumers than ever can shop at them as the U.S. Department of Agriculture expands the mobility of its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


Dinner Diva: Budget-friendly crock pot meals

It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock pot is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons.


Dinner Diva: Surprising things to prepare in your slow cooker

I’m all about making dinner easy, and I’m all about taking as much help as I can get. My slow cooker is one of my most used kitchen items. It really surprises me how so many folks out there aren’t using this convenient little appliance.


Dinner Diva: Which mash is your match?

Once upon a time, the only potato option on the Thanksgiving Dinner table was your standard white mashed potatoes. But today, we know that white potatoes aren’t the be all and end all in a starchy mash. There are several options in potatoes (and non-potatoes) for us to explore, so let’s take a look!