It’s estimated that one in seven people in this country go hungry, but in Floyd County Virginia, there’s “Plenty” to go around.
In the U.S., many go hungry, even as food is wasted every day. That’s what led a group of people in Floyd to create Plenty! – an organization that tries to smooth out the curve between too much and not enough. They first got the idea 5 years ago, when McCabe Coolidge’s partner, Karen Day, had a bunch of left over beet greens.
For some people, grocery shopping is stressful. They’re out of crunchy peanut butter. The price of lettuce is up again, and the line at checkout is way too long. But one store in Richmond has found a way to ease the pain.
Elwood Thompson’s supermarket sits at the corner of Elwood and Thompson in Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood. It offers locally grown, organic produce and meats, whole grains and nutritional supplements, natural cleaning and beauty products, and a spot upfront to relax over a green tea latte or some freshly squeezed juice.
The Internet has become a popular place for people to buy and sell products and for individuals in search of dates and mates to meet. Now, a group in Charlottesville has launched a website where chefs can find producers of local farm products.
If you’re looking for ghost peppers or baby ginger, quail eggs or chicken feet for stock, oyster mushrooms, organic hopes or goat milk ice cream, you’re in luck. The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Rex Linville says his group has created a website that’s already offering those things and much more to the needy chef.
There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way. Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider. And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow.
Megan McGuire: So this one is called, “Serious Cider.” We compare it to like a brewed Champagne.
Megan McGuire is pouring 5 different varieties of hard apple cider made here at Foggy Ridge Cidery .
If you’re tired of your desk job, Steve Bridge has a business opportunity you might like. At 62, he’s retiring from a family tradition that’s been going for more than 30 years - turning Virginia apples into sweet, spicy butter.