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Food News: Ice cream, pie and wine. What more do you need?

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

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A row of wooden stands filled with local produce and plants nestles against the front of Robin’s Nest Nursery at 502 Sophia St. Inside, customers also can buy everything from co-owner Robin Kincaid’s homemade salsas, jellies, jams and pies to freshly squeezed lemonade and orangeade to seafood that can be ordered prepared with her and her husband’s popular seasoning blend. Read more about this new store here.

Stafford County recently passed new rules that will make it easier to establish a farmers market in the county. (We regularly get asked why our farmers market guide includes none in Stafford–There are none.) Read Katie Thisdell’s blog post here.

Abner Butterfield Ice Cream can be found at both of Spotsylvania’s farmers markets, along with Olde Towne Butcher in Fredericksburg and a few other locations. Get the full story behind this home-based ice cream business here.

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Country Cookin plans to open its new restaurant in front of the Spotsylvania Towne Centre–former home of Denny’s–in late August, a company spokeswoman said. More details here.

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We’re really starting to get into the time of year when the freshest produce needs minimal preparation. Read the latest installment of my CSA cooking journal here.

Looking for a recipe to use all of the tasty berries in season right now? Try Bill Freehling’s summer berry pie, which you can read about here. (And if you aren’t getting Bill’s indispensable Fredericksburg Business Insider yet, what are you waiting for? Find it here.)

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Wineries on the Northern Neck are now officially part of the Northern Neck-George Washington Birthplace American Viticultural Area, and they have new signs to prove it. The signs are part of a new Virginia wine region program aimed at steering more visitors to the state’s wine regions and vineyards. Read more here.

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