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Easter Feast with Tim Vidra


Easter with Tim Vidra
If you've been following along here on Relay Living for a while, you're definitely familiar with Tim Vidra.  You know that 1) he is a culinary mastermind, and 2) he knows how to throw a dinner party.  In addition to regularly contributing blog posts for us, Tim Vidra has crafted menus for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  This week, he brings us a tantalizing spread of seasonal delights sure to impress your Easter dinner guests. This week, we will be featuring the recipes from Tim's menu each day.  Later this week, we will share the recipes for Tim's Roasted Carrots with Butter and Thyme, Early Spring Peas with Ricotta, Roasted Potatoes with a Garlic Aioli, Individual Read more …

Dye Your Easter Eggs Naturally!


Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
You've probably seen dozens of articles and blog posts addressing the evils of artificial dye and encouraging the exclusive use of natural coloring in foods.  Here at Relay, we wholeheartedly believe that using natural, whole, real food is always preferable to anything artificial. So, with Easter right around the corner, we decided to try our hand at dyeing our eggs using natural, homemade dyes.  We wanted this experiment to be as kid, and mom, friendly as possible.  With this in mind, we took it to the kids. Enter Gavin, age 5, and Rowan, age 3. You see, I (Lindsey, the lady who manages Relay's online communications) knew these two were guaranteed to give us honest, unbiased Read more …

A Short Guide to April Planting


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Winter finally packed its bags. It is hard to believe only a week ago, temperatures hovered in the 30s and snow once again covered the weary ground.  But, knock on wood, we've made it! The magnificent sunshine, bird songs, budding trees, and flecks of green are making us itch to get outside and play in the dirt.  Planting season was delayed this year, but the time has come.  Packets of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange seeds have been passing through our hands, on their way to some of your grocery orders.  To be honest, you're making us a little jealous. So, with the promise of a healthy mix of sun and rain in the coming weeks, we're starting to plan our gardens and prepare the ground. Read more …

Farm Feature: Spring Gate Farm


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“Know your farmer!”  You’ve heard it said in passing at the farmer’s market; you’ve seen it on bumper stickers.  At Relay, we believe it is an imperative worth following.  In the next few weeks, we will introduce you to the incredible folks behind three of our partner farms.  Today, we’re introducing you to Jane of Spring Gate Farm in Barboursville, Virginia. On occasion, I encounter someone who, in the course of an afternoon, fortifies my soul with a nourishing dose of authenticity, inspiration, and wisdom.  Within moments of meeting Jane Mckinney, I knew she was one of those life-giving sorts whose words I would return to often, and whose character I would forever admire. Earlier Read more …

The Cows are Protesting: Organic Grass-Fed Milk Shortages


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I don't mean to complain, but this winter has been rough.  Just ask the cows. Not unlike the rest of us, cows' productivity is drastically decreased by cold weather.  They too want to do little more than huddle together in the warmest place they can find.  As you can imagine, this cessation in activity among cows affects the availability of their milk. Our friends over at Trickling Springs Creamery have, along with their cows, borne the brunt of this winter.  They are Relay's top supplier of organic, grass-fed milk.  For several months, Trickling Springs have been experiencing a significant shortage in milk production and availability.  If you are one of the many Relay customers Read more …