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Week Two: Eat Local SSFC Challenge Veggie Meal

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So, this week the ten of us decided to try vegetarian meals. I did two or three last week, but had all this lovely turkey around this week to use for dinners.

I decided to do a veggie meal at a local winery for a picnic.

We have been drinking Pearmund wines since they opened. Chris makes an amazing buttery intense Chardonnay here at the winery. I wanted to bring food that would complement the Chardonnay and be light enough to eat mid day in the warm Virginia weather.

We found a lovely spot to picnic.

I brought a couple of Bowling Green cheeses, and a loaf of lemon rosemary bread from The Breadery.

Off in the bag are hard boiled TLV Farm eggs, and radishes from Breezy Willow, both bought yesterday. I had seasoned salt for dipping.

Add to that, the last of the mushroom pate made with CSA mushrooms and the end of the black walnuts from Baugher’s (I had frozen some of them when I got them last winter). A vegan pate. No cream or cheese, but an interesting, very good version of a pate.

Finally, I made potato and green bean salad, with CSA potatoes and green beans from Zahradka, bought at the Glenwood market. The tzatziki is not local. Give me one more week and some local yogurt. My cukes are almost ready to harvest. This salad is simple. Boil the potatoes. Steam the beans. Put tzatziki on top. Mix it all up before serving.

After dining, we walked around and checked out the grapes on the 36 year old vines that were there when Pearmund purchased the property. Old vines. Lovely wines. A veggie brunch. Locally sourced for almost every element. Fresh seasonal goodies to enjoy with a great wine.


6 responses »

  1. Champagne grapes or just young ones?

    • They are young Chardonnay grapes. All of the vines at this location are Chardonnay. They bring grapes in from around VA, but this vineyard they bought only had Chardonnay growing. Really old vines.

  2. What a lovely location for a picnic! We picnicked tonight too – but at Gravelly Point – not quiet as idyllic as your location – but nothing like picnicking underneath planes taking off and landing, especially with a blessed breeze!

  3. What a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the outdoors and savory your local picnic. Your food looks wonderful. Quite the feast!

  4. The food looks and sounds delicious! Now I’m craving tzatziki. Looks like a beautiful picnic spot as well!

  5. The winery picnic looks so good! We have so many wineries up here and I visit them a lot, but I always forget to make a day of it and enjoy the wine longer than a tasting. Great inspiration!


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