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It really makes a difference. The earth. The soil. Are you partial to fruits and vegetables grown in your area?

Are you, like me, someone who craves Eastern Shore tomatoes, ‘lopes and watermelons, because they taste the way they do?

And, even though hydroponically grown tomatoes have flavor, it doesn’t pick up terroir, because there is no soil.

It is interesting that Glen Manor changed their web site this week. They have always featured the term “a sense of place”, which is what terroir roughly translates to mean. Their new web site has more detail on what that means to them.

Last Thursday night, I blogged about my pizza with a 2002 Linden Cabernet Franc. Full of fruit, hint of smoke.

Friday we drove to Front Royal to pick up our 2009 Hodder Hill allocation from Glen Manor. we had to get it quickly as it had just won the VA Governor’s Cup and was already in short supply.

We tasted the 2010 Cabernet Franc, and surprise, the same hint of smoke. Why? Because in 2002 the Linden Cabernet Franc consisted largely of Glen Manor’s grapes.


Jeff worked at Linden before going out on his own. He learned from one of the best in VA. His wines reflect that same commitment to using what nature gives you.

You can’t go wrong with either one of these vineyards. If you talk to either one of them, they will tell you first and foremost they are farmers. They grow grapes. They make amazing wines from those grapes.

I may sit down with friends this weekend if it stays warm and decide whose dry Rose is my favorite for a summer time wine. They both make great reds, but their style of Rose isn’t bad either.

If you want to visit two beautiful wineries and taste some of the best of VA, you can’t go wrong at either site. I love the fact, no limos, no large groups, no party people. Just simple folk who love wine.

Glen Manor

Linden Vineyards

Stopping at Frank’s to Grab Strawberries

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I couldn’t resist, nor could I wait until next month. I just wanted some strawberries.

I have spinach from the CSA, and chevre from a visit to VA. I have balsamic too. Can’t figure if I should make strawberries with balsamic and pepper, or add them to a salad, or both.

The strawberries are from Carolina. Still not ready here. Two or more weeks until Larriland.

If you have never been to Frank’s produce, they are located at the end of Lark Brown, past Costco and Trader Joe’s entrance. Keep going and turn right at the stop sign. Go about 150 yards. The greenhouses are full of plants right now and the place is hopping.

We went to Costco to fill up on staple stuff like printer cartridges, TP and allergy tablets. I did pick up my favorite organic broth that I use in so many ways. I love when they have it there.

As for the salsa in the picture above, I will be taking it to a meeting in a few nights. Needed something good to take. got some blue corn chips, and I am good to go.

I am also now a fan of using McCutcheon’s tomato preserves on toast as breakfast. Ran out a while back, and remembered that Frank’s sells McCutcheon’s products.

All in all, a good day to be out and about. As for eating locally, lunch today was leftovers and a salad from the CSA. I wasn’t going to blog about it, but my husband said, take a picture of my salad. It looks like something you would get at a restaurant.

CSA beef sausages with onions and peppers. CSA spinach, radishes and orange. Tomatoes from Boarman’s (not local). Firefly Farms chevre. Still avoiding those grocery stores and supporting Howard County businesses as much as I can.