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FLS reporter Katie Thisdell serves up news on local food finds, tales from home cooks and inspiration to help you have fun in your own kitchen.

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Food news: Peep. Peep. Peep. Happy Easter.

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to ebattle@freelancestar.com.

- Shop -

The area’s largest farmers market opens for the season this Saturday. Check out the Spotsylvania Five-Mile Fork farmers market from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the commuter lot at the corner of Gordon Road and State Route 3. This market has a new online home here. Stay tuned to the Food section for an upcoming clip-and-save feature on all of our area farmers markets.

The Chesapeake Bay crab population was hurt this year by a cold winter, but its still stronger than it has been in years past. Read more about this year’s crab survey here.

- Dine -

Got munchkins? You’ll want to head to downtown Fredericksburg Aug. 6 – 14 for The Family Table, a family-focused restaurant week city officials are working to organize. Read more here and in today’s Business section.

This week’s review: Bella J Cucina in Locust Grove

- Cook -

If you’ve followed recent news about questions about the side-effects of artificial food dyes, you might be looking for an alternative to those tiny food coloring bottles for dyeing Easter eggs this year. Marcia Chidester has you covered. Read her story about natural alternatives to food coloring.

Spring break got you really desperate for things to do with the kids at home? Well, I bet you didn’t know you could make an entire week’s worth of diverse meals using Peeps as the main ingredient. Read about Peep sushi, Peep pizza, deep-fried Peeps and more here.

- Live -

What would it be like to drop your current lifestyle, buy a farm and try your hand at living off

Audrey Blecha of Ted's Last Stand Farm and Gardens in Louisa county, collects eggs from her free range chickens.

the land? Cathy Dyson offers us a peek at how that lifestyle has treated Michael Levatino and Audrey Blecha, who practice what they call “hobby farming” at their Louisa County home. Take a virtual trip to their farm with this story.

- Food events -

Wednesday, April 27 – The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. holds its Pints for Preservation fundraiser at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Event includes tours and tastings at the distillery as well as neighboring Blue & Gray Brewing Co. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door, more details here.

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