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Food News – Did you catch County Fare on the tube last night?

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.

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Certified organic produce is now available weekly at the Fredericksburg farmers market in Hurkamp Park. Market Manager Donna Leahy reports that Blenheim Organic Gardens is now selling each Saturday at the market, in addition to nearly 30 other vendors. Stay tuned for details about an expanded market Aug. 6 that will help kick off the city’s Family Table restaurant week.

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Did anybody watch County Fare’s debut on “Restaurant: Impossible” last night? Leave your reviews in the comments.

Blackstone Coffee plans to add a wine bar to its shop at Eagle Village. The changes would also include adding an appetizer menu, and the new offerings could be available by October. Bill Freehling has more here.

Sully’s Seafood & Steak restaurant, which opened in early 2010 in Spotsylvania County’s Southpoint I shopping center has closed. Bill Freehling has more details here.

This week’s review: My Place Latin Grill in Spotsylvania

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If you’re looking for a cool treat for the family, local home cook Nancy Shehata posted on her blog a quick and easy recipe for mango frozen yogurt this week. Check it out here.

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Farmer Emmett Snead puts out peaches at his roadside stand along U.S. 17 in Caroline County. Snead uses a conservation approach to keep pollution out of the Rappahannock River.

Some area farmers have adopted techniques that aim to preserve their soil quality while also minimizing damage to the Chesapeake Bay. Rusty Dennen offers in interesting glimpse into this issue here.

Miller Farms is working to launch a series of outdoor farm-to-table meals, starting with brunch in the farm’s blackberry patch next Wednesday. The farm is working with local chef Keith Click on a menu to showcase summer vegetables. The goal is to help people become better acquainted with where their food comes from while providing a nice setting for a chef-prepared meal. They’re starting small, with only 20 seats at the table, to try to gauge where they want to go with this. Seats are $35 apiece and were quickly filling up earlier this week. More information here.

Here’s a shocker: New York City’s new mandated calorie counts on restaurant menu worked to reduce calorie intake for those customers who chose to pay attention to them. If you looked at the calorie counts, you were likely to eat 100 fewer calories per restaurant visit, according to a study published this week in the British medical journal BMJ. Calorie count mandates for all chains with 20 or more locations are set to take effect next year in the U.S.

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