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Letter from Amissville
By Walter Nicklin
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Farm to Table in the Piedmont
Please explore the farm-to-table movement in the Piedmont with us in the summer issue. We delve into local farms, restaurants, wineries, and markets — some well-known, some emerging — from almost all the counties in our Piedmont. We truly live in a farm-to-table paradise!
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Summertime Music
Music in the Piedmont, Music Festivals and the Legend of Larry Keel
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McMillen’s Menagerie
At former basketball star and Congressman Tom McMillen’s Marshall farm, white peacocks rule the roost
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Turning Point Suffragist Memorial
Going to Jail for the Right to Vote: History Forgotten or History Ignored?
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Summer 2015 Recipes
Carrot Lemonade by Laurie Beth Gills; Parmesan Chard Bake; Warm New Potato Salad with wilted Dandelion greens and Arugula Aioli by Brian Lichorowic and Spanish Tortilla
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Farms, Forks and Flavor
Farm-to-Fork Loudoun (F2FL) will run from July 23 to August 2, 2015. The eleven-day culinary celebration will feature two dozen restaurants, and for the first time, a food truck. Diners will feast on “just-picked” veggies, fruits, herbs, locally-raised eggs, meats, and poultry from nine participating farms. F2FL will also feature local spirits from seven vineyards and the county’s only meadery.
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Upcoming Events


Loudoun Fall Farm Color Tour
Oct. 17, 2015 through Oct. 18, 2015
@ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

On October 17 and 18, the gates and barns of Loudoun County, Virginia farms will open to the public for the annual Fall Farm Tour.Visitors to Loudoun County can enjoy free, self-guided driving tours to participating farms and wineries during these county-sponsored events. Animals, wine, local produce and more. The goal of the Fall Farm Tour is to raise awareness of Loudoun-grown products and the county’s vibrant agricultural community. Every year, more tourists and visitors interested in experiencing local culture, tasting farm products, and learning about the unique farms and environment of the county take part in the tour on the third weekend of October.Free, self guided tour. Free map and brochure at 703-737-8322


Louisa Fall Harvest Festival
Oct. 17, 2015

Mark your calendar now for our 11th Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17th at Walton Park. Once again, we will be partnering with the Town of Mineral and Mineral Farmers Market for a day of family fun. The Farmers Market moves to the park for the day and opens at 8 a.m. Our craft show starts at 9 a.m. and children’s games start at 10 a.m. Everything wraps up at 2 p.m. The activities, entertainment, hay rides, craft show, and delicious foods make this a day that everyone can enjoy. Mineral Farmer's Market 8-2, Children's Activities 9-2, Craft Fair 10-2 Walton Park, 301 East Sixth Street, Mineral. (540) 967-4420.


Fredericksburg Fall Home and Craft Festival
Oct. 17, 2015 through Oct. 18, 2015

The Fall Home Show is a great place for homeowners to knock out their to-do lists! Renovate your kitchen, plan a new patio addition for the spring or finish your basement like you have always wanted to! Don't miss all of the Fredericksburg Fall Craft Festival vendors! Get your holiday shopping started early with high-quality crafts, including home decor, specialty foods, knick-knacks, clothing, photography, pottery and more!  Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Fredericksburg, 540-548-5555.
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