farm-to-table

Heirloom Restaurant: Food and Family

Dictionaries define heirloom as “a valuable object that has belonged to the same family for many years,” noun. The crew at Heirloom, the elevated farm-to-table restaurant near the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, parsed its meaning long before opening in December…

Online Farmers Markets: From Dirt to Doorstep

Karla Robinson used to consider herself the meat and potatoes type, but a passion for produce grew when the “veggie fairy” began making weekly visits to her front porch. “I grew up in the Midwest and summer meant salads—of iceberg…

Return of Heritage Pork Farming at Cartwright Family Farms

Photos courtesy of Cartwright Family Farms In 1980, Virginia was home to about 4,000 hog farms. Most were family-owned and raised heritage pigs free-range. Prized breeds like Mulefoot, Red Wattle, Tamworth and Berkshire had been around for 200 years or more—and…

Farm Market Fresh

If you’re a young man in spring, your fancy’s lightly turning to thoughts of love (per Tennyson) or baseball (per sports pundits). But if you’re a foodie (young, old, any gender), your fancy’s veering towards farmers markets. Or so says…

Coastal Virginia Farm Market Guide

April showers not only bring May flowers, but handpicked fruits, locally grown lettuce and Chesapeake Bay bites to farmers markets throughout Coastal Virginia. From the first sign of spring to the Hunter’s Moon in October, our region is flush with…

Commune Launches Student-Led Restaurant in Norfolk

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commune’s Norfolk location closed its doors. The sustainable restaurant is set to reopen this Saturday, Aug. 15 with a new culinary concept, CommunexCROP. In partnership with The CROP Foundation (CROP), an organization dedicated…