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Food News: Celebrating farmers markets; assessing the drought’s toll

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.

- Shop -

Next week is Virginia Farmers Market Week, Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared. If you’d like to set out to one of our area markets, take a look at this list. You can read about a special event planned for the Fredericksburg market this Saturday at the bottom of this post, and read about special plans at the King George market here.

Drought conditions have taken a toll on corn, soybean and other crops in our region and around the country. This nationwide problem could lead to higher food prices in the coming months. Read our local report here.

- Dine -

More people appear to be dining out in Fredericksburg. Read Bill Freehling’s analysis of city meals tax returns here.

Sandwiches, burgers and wraps have been the most resilient food category in this economic downturn. Read about two new places to get these easy meals here.

- Cook -

Too busy to plan elaborate meals with beautiful summer produce? Use them to perk up your sandwich repertoire at any meal. Read my latest CSA dispatch here.

Sweet corn is one of summer’s great treats. Find more ideas for how to use it here.

- Live -

The Family Table restaurant week kicks off in Fredericksburg Saturday with a festival and expanded farmers market at Hurkamp Park. Details here.

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