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Loudoun County Chapter

Provided by The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) this chapter covers all of Loudoun County.

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410 East Water Street, Suite 700, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Loudoun County Chapter News

The latest from the Loudoun County Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter.

 

Our Spring 2014 Buy Fresh Buy Local guide for Loudoun County has been released!

It’s pick-up day at Moutoux Orchard and it looks nothing like the scene at your nearest grocery store. It is mid-March when I went to visit, there is snow on the ground and members of the Moutoux year round whole-diet CSA are picking up their fresh veggies, milk, eggs, meat and fresh flour for this week’s meals. A buzz of activity- as adults pick out their food and the kids weave in and out of the barn playing.

The CSA, run by Rob Moutoux and Maureen Moodie (who everyone calls Mo), is in its fourth season and provides a full diet of meat, dairy, eggs, vegetables, fruit and whole grain flour for 75 families year round.

“Our goal is to provide an important service to the our community- healthy food year-round, sharing with each other the bounty and the occasional leaner times,” Rob says somewhat apologetically as he glances at the teaming table of food. A table that contains cabbage, potatoes, radishes, napini, cilantro, lettuce mix, eggs, milk, nuts, fresh flour and grains, not to mention an assortment of meats that would make a butcher blush. And these are the lean times I think.

Opening a restaurant like Market Table Bistro was always a dream for Rebecca Dudley and Jason Lage, both of whom went to culinary school and later met while working at Lansdowne Resort. They each grew up in rural locations where farm to table wasn’t a trend as much as it was a way of life. Lage’s mother and grandmother cooked with primarily locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, and that’s a concept he has always wanted to bring to his own business.

In 2010, Dudley and Lage formed a business plan to go along with their passion for cooking seasonal, locally sourced food. Then they came across a building in Lovettsville that was built in the 1800s and fell in love with its charm.

“I was told by 100 people that I would never be in business more than three months in this location, and I was nervous about being so far from everything else,” Lage says. “I’m much closer to the source now, and I wouldn’t change the location for anything.”

As temperatures slowly rise and spring breaks through the long winter, the Piedmont Environmental Council's (PEC) Buy Fresh Buy Local guides are reaching approximately 266,000 homes, bringing with them the promise of sunny farmers’ market days, fresh vegetables, and plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy our local farming community. The guides are mailed to Loudoun County, the Charlottesville area and the Northern Piedmont as a free service, with the goal of growing the local food economy in the region.

The Buy Fresh Buy Local program helps consumers find fresh local food grown by their neighbors and provides tools for them to learn how their food choices affect their community.  Connecting consumers to producers is an integral part of a multifaceted effort by PEC to promote local farms and preserve the region’s rural economy and farmland.

The developers of this guide do not have the capacity to independently verify all of the information presented here. Contributors to the guide are responsible for its content

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