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Mr. Pig (Cochon 555) comes to Washington

The country’s biggest pig fest is making the rounds again, leaving satisfied customers (stuffed pigs?) in its wake. Cochon 555 stopped at Union Market in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of revelers ate, drank and wore pig noses. The event started six years ago to bring attention to heritage pig breeds. Each of five chefs is …

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For some cranberry growers, a not-so-rosy Thanksgiving

As cranberries arrive at the holiday table, glowing like garnets, give thanks to the hands that sauced them – and those that cultivated them, too. Growers could use a hand themselves: An overabundance of berries is putting independent ones deeply in the red. Encouraged to expand their operations several years ago in anticipation of broader …

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Cranberry, a native fruit, makes a splash

Cranberries are among the three fruits exclusively indigenous to America, along with blueberries and some grape varieties. Native people used cranberries for food, medicine and coloring. “Long before the Pilgrims arrived, the Massachuset Indians combined crushed cranberries with dried deer meat and melted fat to make pemmican,” Hilde Gabriel Lee wrote in “Taste of the …

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Slide Show: Long Island’s laid-back North Fork

If you’re looking for a destination that promises glamor and celebrity sightings, head to the Hamptons on Long Island (N.Y.)’s East End. If you prefer a slower-paced place dotted with farms and wineries and surrounded by gorgeous waters, then head for the quieter, more laid-back alternative — Long Island’s North Fork. Bound by Long Island …

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Postcard from Maine: blueberries

Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk. To anyone who’s ever been a child, those are the sounds of Sal and her mother gathering blueberries in a bucket to can for the winter. Since I grew up in the Midwest, this was the closest I ever came to wild blueberries. Until now. I am in the blueberry barrens Downeast, …

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Slideshow: Fresh Farm Markets, Dupont Circle

Washington, D.C., is not all politics. There is also fresh, local produce. Fresh Farm Markets operate 11 producer-only farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Market at Dupont Circle was the first one opened in 1997. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named it one of the top farmers’ markets …

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Finding food in the museum garden

If you want the real dirt on foraging for food, farm-to-market eating and how to compost, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has a program for you. If you live near or are visiting the nation’s capital, Thursday nights through Aug. 15, local growers, educators and researchers will be available at the museum’s new victory …

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Succotash offers summer on a plate

No vegetable speaks to its seasonality better than summer corn. In my house, you’d think it was a contest to see who can eat the most before it goes out of season. In the global world, you can get corn year-round, and while you could eat corn in the dead of winter, you’ll probably go …

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Slideshow: New York City farmers markets

New York City may be a concrete jungle, but it’s surrounded by farmland upstate and in New Jersey. Greenmarket was founded in 1976 to promote regional agriculture, provide direct contact between farmers and consumers and get locally grown food to city dwellers. It began with 12 farmers in a parking lot on 59th Street and …

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A good crop of farmers markets blooms this season

  “It was never my intention to start a farmers market,” says Janet Terry walking around the grounds at Montgomery General Hospital as tents are raised and musicians tune their instruments. However, every Sunday from Mother’s Day until early November, 60 vendors, live music and chef demonstrations show how far the Olney Farmers & Artists …

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