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Stormy weather? Plan future food outings.

It’s shaping up to be a pretty nasty day around here. That’s great weather for staying in your kitchen and cooking, but it’s also a good opportunity to plan some food-related outings for later in the summer when the kids are out of school.

A good place to start is the guide put out by the Fredericksburg chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local, a group that seeks to connect local food producers with food consumers in this area. The guide, which you can download here, includes information on local farms, farmers markets and stores and restaurants where you can buy local farm products. There are listings for local wine, meats and specialty products.

There are also listings for pick-your-own fruit operations, which offer a nice opportunity to take a drive and teach your kids that berries don’t grow in clear plastic shell containers.

This is one of several resources we’ve shared here recently for information on how to connect with food sources in our area. You can learn about the area’s three largest farmers markets at their new website, and you can get a more comprehensive listing of markets in the wider region here.

The Front Burner is also still working to feature local farmers in the Know Your Grower feature. If you produce fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses or any other food product for sale, and you’re interested in being featured, email me and we’ll talk.

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