Author Archives: thelocalgal

Farm Feature: Spring Gate Farm


hightunnel
“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


Trickling Springs Creamery Organic Whole Milk-1
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 …

Happy Spring! : The Produce Report


SpringInfographic
With the remains of an unusual mid-March snow lingering on the ground, it is difficult to believe, but spring has arrived!  Look closely at the world around you and you’ll catch glimpses of new life.  Small buds grace bare tree branches, crocuses stretch and yawn after their winter slumber, daffodils and tulips burst out of the ground and announce the new season. By now, you have probably heard about Relay’s Countdown to Spring Harvest.  We are so excited to get our hands on fresh, green spring produce.  There is nothing quite like that first bite of the year’s grilled asparagus or of a spinach and mint salad drizzled with homemade strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Alas, I don’t Read more …

DIY Mediterranean Platter with Cava Mezze


Mediterranean Platter
Inevitably, there is one night during each week when I either don't feel like cooking or my meal plan has been derailed by the unexpected (what do you mean the project is due tomorrow and you don't even have poster board?!). Here is a quick, easy and healthy dinner idea that requires very minimal (if any!) cooking. With a little chopping and a few well-chosen spreads, you can have dinner on the table in a hurry. Sometimes I make a few of the components myself (like hummus or tzatziki), then fill in the rest with ready-made spreads like the ones from Cava. I occasionally add chicken for additional protein, but it's not even necessary since many of the spreads here are solid protein Read more …

The Countdown to Spring Harvest Begins


producerscollage.jpg
Friends, I have great news.  Spring is upon us!  Daylight Savings Time has perhaps left a few of us groggy and disoriented, but we rejoice nonetheless in sun-filled evenings.  Our eyes have had their fill of winter’s pale palate and are hungry for the vibrant colors of a world in bloom.  Though we are grateful for the sustaining wonders of citrus and root vegetables, we find ourselves craving crisp asparagus, peppery arugula, and sweet sugar snap peas.  In just a few weeks, we will be surrounded by a riot of color and a tantalizing array of seasonal produce. Last week’s brief warm spell delivered spring fever directly to Relay’s front door.  Inspired by the promise of new growth, Read more …