Eating (and Working) Local in Western Maryland

My job description now looks a lot like Western Maryland’s local food scene at a glance; I’ve pieced together full-time work by reaching out to surrounding small towns. Between the farm, the hotel, the restaurant, and the creamery, it involves a lot of driving, plenty of good people, and a whole lot of good food.
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May on the Farm

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Spring on the farm turns Kate poetic!
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Living the Good Life!

One year ago I was working three jobs. I pulled espresso at a coffee shop and shelved armloads of romance novels at a bookstore. At my favorite job, I’d whip up elaborate breakfasts for sleepy-eyed travelers at a local B&B. We ate well and life was good.
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Winter in Vermont - the WWOOFing Way

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At this time of year in Vermont the animals are devoting what energy they have to staying warm. When the hens do lay eggs, they’re often frozen before we get to them. Some chickens have even developed frost-bite, so we stopped opening the doors for them in the mornings – they’re literally cooped up.
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Village Farming in the Amazon Jungle: Penpe, Suriname

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You won’t find a lot of Big Ag in Suriname; in fact, you won’t find a lot of big anything there. With a population that barely eclipses the half-million mark — most living along the northern coastal area — the largest venture in South America’s smallest country is bauxite mining. And while there are some export food crops, primarily rice and bananas, start heading deeper into the Amazon Jungle and soon the scale of farming operations shrinks.
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Thinking About Going WWOOFing?

Kate and Ian are WWOOFing in the North East; their advice for others wanting to try it: “It’s likely you’ll also come out of it with a couple of good stories, some delicious recipes, a few great friends, and at least one place you’ll always remember.”
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Finding Real Food in Yellowstone National Park!

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Stopping at a gift shop and grocery in Grant Village, we were surprised to find they offered potatoes, onions, and bananas at a good price, as well as organic grapes and local wines. They even had stickers denoting some locally sourced products. So there is good food in Yellowstone!
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Hyper-Local Food in Chico Hot Springs, Montana

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Ian and I set off on our cross-country honeymoon. First stop: Chico Hot Springs, Montana, known for the natural springs that warm the pool and hot tub. And where we discovered gardens and greenhouses and hyper-local food!
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Food Lovers’ Guide to Montana, by Seabring Davis

Food Lovers Guide to Montana

Let’s be honest. No one has ever called Montana a gourmet food destination. It’s far from the trendy world of haute cuisine, black-tie affairs, and fancy culinary techniques. Part of that is because Montana is not easy to get to: it’s far north – up near Canada. And there aren’t a lot of people here – less than a million. And this is a very big state for so few people – which makes it hard to keep a restaurant open.
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Chanterelle Mushroom Delivery - The Postman Only Rings Once

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One damp day in November, I opened the door to pick up the mail and… lo and behold, there sat a fairly limp, slightly damp brown paper bag slumped against the door. What kind of goodies appeared out of nowhere?
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