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  • Holiday Food Shopping Excursions

    by Casey | Posted on December 6th, 2012

    Sure, the grocery store might have what you need for the holiday dinner, but what fun is that? Get out of town or at least support the local shops for some great Virginia-made products.

    Is ham on your list? There’s no place to go but Smithfield for the real deal. Right on Main Street you’ll find Taste of Smithfield, a restaurant and store. Sample the wares, enjoy a nice lunch and bring home the bacon. Yep, they have that, too.

    Woodson's Mill

    Woodson's Mill white cornmeal

    Flours are a necessity for baking and you can purchase it freshly ground from local millers like Jim Young at Wade’s Mill in Raphine or Steve Roberts at Woodson’s Mill in Roseland. Gift sets are available from each mill as well.

    Virginia peanuts are renowned and you can get them from a few places. They’re perfect for gift-giving and pre-dinner munching.

    Virginia is experiencing an explosive re-birth of its oyster industry and has been dubbed the Oyster Capital of the East Coast thanks to being the largest farm-raised oyster producing state in the country. Lovers of the succulent delicacy can choose from seven salinity regions and get their take fresh from the water.

    If you find yourself expanding the menu for more seafood than just oysters, let it be known that Wachapreague is the Flounder Capital of the World.

    Foggy Ridge Cider apples

    Foggy Ridge Cider apples

    On to the beverages!

    Apple cider is a favorite holiday treat and Virginia has a burgeoning cider industry – both hard and not.

    In the Blue Ridge Highlands you can visit Foggy Ridge Cider, the 2012 Cooking Light Taste Test Award Winner. Growing American heirloom apples as well as French and English cider apples, the cidermaker, Diane Flynt, manipulates the harvest as little as possible to create three ciders and a cider + apple brandy blend.

    Additional Cideries and Orchards:

    Wine? Yes, Virginia has plenty of that. Take your pick of more than 200 wineries statewide. Beer? Oh yes, the craft beer industry is thriving in Virginia, too.

    Enjoy the season of cooking and travel!

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