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eXo: Changing Protein Bars 25 Crickets at a Time


Exo Cricket Bars
One cold January day in 2013, two shoe-box sized containers arrived on the doorstep of a Brown University campus house. Sounding like a midsummer night, the containers quivered with energy. Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz were in the midst of their final semester at Brown.  They had an idea for a protein bar like no other. With a basic recipe in mind, hours of research under their belts, a Vitamix, and the arrival of cricket-packed containers, they had everything they needed to begin developing their protein-packed bars. Yep. Crickets. Hold on. Before you skitter away in disgust, consider this: Crickets are actually one of the most sustainable sources of protein on the planet. They, Read more …

Featured Producer: Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries


Gunther's Gourmet
Based in Richmond, Virginia, Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries is the creation of brothers Mike and Nick Lampros. The brothers’ love of good food inspired them to create an amazing product line that is full of surprising, palette-pleasing flavors. Each unique marinade, vinaigrette, and salsa is made using only the finest all natural ingredients and is individually crafted in small batches with an eye towards quality and consistency. Today, Chef Mike tells us a bit about himself and the company he pours himself into each day. If you're craving a snack, you can find Gunther's Gourmet salsas right here. 1) Mike, you've worked with food for a long time. At the end of the day, what keeps you Read more …

Eat Oysters, Save the Earth: Anderson’s Neck Oyster Company


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Few of us have anything good to say about the Great Recession. Understandably so. Yet, even history’s worst events have their silver lining stories. For one 300-acre tract of Chesapeake Bay land, and for the ecosystem it cradles, the recession brought about a windfall of luck and life. The land has a long and significant history. Oyster shell mounds, or oyster middens, found on the property, and throughout the Chesapeake Bay, point to the importance of the land and of oysters in the region’s Native American culture. As time passed, the land saw the arrival of Spanish and English settlers. In 1662, the 300-acre tract was obtained by Richard Anderson in a Land Grant. Anderson’s Neck Read more …

Farm Feature: Kirby Farms


Kirby Farms
Sprawling over nearly 600 Hanover County acres, the 107 year old Kirby Farms spans land and generations. It is the kind of nostalgia-inducing place you have always imagined an American farm to be. With lush tree-lined fields, humidity-drenched air, and views of rolling blue foothills, Kirby Farms is all Virginia. Field after field, row after row, verdant, vegetable-bearing plants stretch their leaves and vines toward the sun. The straw hats of workers dot the green landscape, bobbing as the men deftly harvest kale, collards, and beets. A tall, lean man emerges from the midst of the crew. Kevin Kirby, who is perhaps 30 years old, is the family’s fourth-generation farmer. His father, Read more …

Arugula and the Bear: A Day in the Life of Perryhill


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Jillian Dy and Jonathan Kittrell began farming simply out of passion for great food. They started Perryhill Produce in 2012 and have since been restoring the heritage farm to working order: repairing soil using natural methods and growing vegetables for home cooks. Jillian stopped by Relay Living to give us a glimpse into life out at Perryhill. Arugula and the Bear: A Day in the Life of Perryhill Peering out the kitchen window into the dusk, I saw the black bear lurking around again. This time we were prepared. Our rope trap was set and we heaved the beast up into a tree. Within moments it was dangling by its ankle, its paws paddling the air. Then I awoke, premonition unknown, and Read more …