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Food News: Culpeper’s food shopping options expand

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 efreehling@freelancestar.com.

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Fredericksburg-area farmers markets have won two federal grants that total more than $118,000. The money will aid programs at the Fredericksburg, King George and Spotsylvania markets that allow the use of SNAP food assistance benefits, and provide matching money to make those benefits go farther toward buying fresh local produce. Read more here.

Culpeper has a new specialty food shop. Former UMW administrator George Farrar and his wife, Jan Davis, now run Taste Oil Vinegar Spice inside a 1,200-square-foot space at 202 E. Davis St. Among the store’s products are premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, organic spices and Choffy. Read more here.

Processed food makers are clamoring to get their products into the produce section, one of the parts of the grocery store where dietitians tend to encourage us to shop to avoid junk. Interesting read from the Wall Street Journal here.

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The owners of the Mooring Restaurant at Port Kinsale Marina recently honored 88-year-old Nellie Gaskins, who worked for three decades as a cook at the restaurant. They’ve also instituted a special Thursday-night menu in her honor that includes specialties such as her crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy and frozen mud pie. Read all about it here.

This week’s review: Zibibbo 73 Ristorante in Stafford County.

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Did you miss Paula Deen last week at Wegmans? Find the story, notes on her latest cookbook, plus links to video and photos, here.

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Feeding the homeless has always been a touchy issue in downtown Fredericksburg. Recently, Micah Ecumenical Ministries changed its breakfast schedule and will move that service out to the cold night shelter in Stafford County next month. Read Amy Umble’s reporting on the issue here, and Micah staffer Meghann Cotter’s perspective on it here.

 

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