A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets – a place where you can’t buy fresh fruits or vegetables. The small corner stores carry canned and dried food that keeps well on the shelf but is less nutritious than fresh produce, often high in fat and sugar.
For a city of its size, Richmond, Virginia is the worst food desert in the nation, but an effort is underway to fix that problem.
When the weather gets warmer, some people start thinking of higher elevations - like the ski resort Wintergreen which is now hosting a festival of music, art, wine and food.
Wintergreen Performing Arts will offer 232 events in 28 days, including Saturday and Sunday concerts by the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen and Joseph Caballe-Domenech. There will also be 24 pop-up concerts by 31 young musicians who will play outside Chroma on Charlottesville’s downtown mall -- and in the produce department.
Virginia may not be the first place that comes to mind as a winemaking region. But it is, in fact, the sixth largest wine producer in the country. Vintners here would like to see even more growth in the field.
If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve heard about Feast – a small, Central Virginia shop with a big reputation and a new reason to brag. It was named Outstanding Retailer of the Year by the Specialty Food Association.
Feast was actually one of five stores in the nation to be honored, but it’s on the cover of the Specialty Food Association’s magazine. Founded by Kate Collier and Eric Gertner, the store offers lots of local produce.