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Food News: Special Saturday plans at area farmers markets

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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Fredericksburg’s farmers market will debut its “First Saturdays” expanded market this Saturday. On the first Saturdays of the month from June to September, the city will close Prince Edward Street for the block that the market takes up. That makes it a lot easier to get through the stalls, and it provides extra room for more vendors, cooking demonstrations and a “Vegucation Station” teaching you how to prepare a seasonal vegetable. The market runs from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The King George Farmers Market also has special plans this Saturday, with its first Community Day of the season. Here’s what’s planned: “Our fabulous pallette of vendors offers remarkable produce of all varieties, beef, fish, oysters and crabs, breads, baked goods and jams. Our invited Community Groups include NSWC Federal Credit Union, KG Animal Rescue League and Master Gardeners Plant Clinic. KG Moms’ Group will host a special activity for kids of all ages. And, back by popular demand, Carl Sisemore, woodcarver, will be our featured artist.”

A shop selling seasonal plants, produce and seafood has opened at Sophia Street and Lafayette Boulevard in downtown Fredericksburg. Robin Kincaid, who ran a farm stand in Mineral for five years, has relocated her Robin’s Nest Nursery to 502 Sophia St., which is across the street from Brock’s Riverside Grill.

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Morsi’s Mediterranean Grill  is coming to the Southpoint II shopping center in Spotsylvania County June 30. More details here.

Remember Anne’s Grill on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg? The building that housed it is under contract to be sold to a local investor who plans to fix it up and lease it out as a restaurant.

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Looking for new ways to use snow peas? That was the challenge in this week’s installment of my CSA cooking journal. Read it here.

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For Ruth Lewis Smith, subsisting off what she grows isn’t a trend, it’s a longstanding way of life. Read about the sister of famed cookbook author Edna Lewis, who lives in Orange, here.

Read about the Orange journalist who has made a documentary of Edna Lewis’ life here.

Area physician Christopher Lillis has taken his family almost completely off meat, but in this column he acknowledges some of the nutritional benefits of animal protein. Still, he’s sticking with veggies.

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