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Food News: Food Lion rejects “pink slime”; markets gearing up

Catching up on food news from the past week and other tasty happenings from around the region. Look for this  every Thursday morning. Submit events and other suggestions to efreehling@freelancestar.com.

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The Bowling Green farmers market opened for the season on Saturday. We’re compiling our annual listing of regional farmers markets. If you know of a new one, please read this post.

Learn what’s new at Westmoreland Berry Farm in this story from Cathy Jett.

The King George Farmers Market is taking applications for new vendors for the 2012 season. Applications are due April 9, and vendors can be from King George or Westmoreland counties. Find an application here.

Food Lion is one of three national grocers that announced this week that it won’t buy ground beef with the ammonia-treated processed beef filler known as “pink slime.” Read more here.

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This week’s review: Dragon Chef in Culpeper

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Add an international flair to your kitchen repertoire Jeffrey Saad’s “Global Kitchen,” a new cookbook that includes offerings from France, Spain, Italy, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Read Beverly Meyer’s review here.

Sweating your sodium intake? Nutrition columnist Jen Motl admits the recent government guidelines for sodium limits are unrealistic, but offers some common-sense strategies for keeping your intake down. Read her column here.

A representative from King Arthur Flour gave a bread-baking lesson to some Stafford County students this week as part of their effort to collect bread for the needy. Students’ comments ranged from, “I didn’t know people still made bread,” to “I just thought it always came from the store.” Read about it here.

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 The Central Rappahannock Regional Library kicks off its “Cultivating Community” series next Thursday, with a panel presentation at the Salem Church Library at 7 p.m. from area farmers, farmer’s market managers, community garden sponsors and the VA Tech Extension service. Wini Ashooh, a CRRL librarian will be “book-talking” Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.” Books will be available for check-out. Learn more about this eight-month event series here.

The average U.S. family of four spends from $500 to $2,000 a year on food they never eat, according to a Wall Street Journal story about how many leftovers and spoiled foods we throw away. Wasted food is getting more attention as food prices continue to rise. Read the story here.

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