Category: The Woodside Worm

Multi-Sensory Eating

Did you know that we begin to digest our food before the first bite ever even touches our lips? Using our senses to cook and eat our meals triggers an enzymatic response in our bodies to get ready to eat. This means that our bodies use our food more efficiently as fuel as well as […]

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Virginia Farm Flavors: Burgess Buttercup Squash

Have you met the Burgess Buttercup squash yet? If you haven’t, you should. With a beautiful blend of flavors reminiscent of a blend between pumpkin and sweet potatoes, the Burgess Buttercup was carefully bred for its long storage, delicious chestnutty flavor, and perfect size (about 3.5 pounds; the perfect size to feed your family). Buttercup […]

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Living with Nature: Virginia Native Plants

Barley Woods is a special place to live for many reasons. Not only for the homeowners but for Virginia native plants and creatures. Boxwell Glade, Barley Woods own “wild” spot, is a wonderfully preserved natural area with woodland trails, a stream, and sitting areas.  Recently Penny,  a homeowner, took a group on a nature walk and shared […]

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Switching to a More Plant Based Diet

Over the last several months, it seems as though the topic of health and healthy lifestyles has become an increasing consideration for many people. Being in the nutrition world, I pretty much always have my mind on topics of health (regardless of whether or not I follow my own advice sometimes). So when most of […]

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Herbal Support For Your Everyday

Going for a stroll is a healing activity by itself. It helps support healthy heart function, improves balance and coordination, and if you’re strolling with a friend, it can also help support your social wellbeing. But did you know that while you’re meandering a trail, walking along a creek, or even just walking around your […]

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Edamame: A Controversial Health Food

Edamam-YAY! Edamame, what is it? Have you seen this beautiful legume that has recently been added to the farm stands? Edamame is a type of immature soybean that’s often found in Asian cuisines. It has actually been grown in China for over 7,000 years but has been introduced and used in American cuisine for just […]

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Farm Update: Summer Wrap-Up

As the calendar pages flip by, it might be a good time to share a little end-of-summer update from the farm. Although the sun is high, the bugs are loud, and the temperatures are ramping up toward sweltering this week, it’s time to start phasing out our summer crops and planting our first rounds of […]

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Marjoram Medicinal Benefits

Learning about beneficial herbs and their medicinal properties is probably one of my favorite things to do (I know, I’m wild). Most of the books that I have squirreled away on my shelves are herbal books, and I have all kinds at that. I have old turn-of-the-century herbal books, specific to New England (I don’t […]

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Cultivate Your Garden

The sun’s out, the sky’s clear, and your private courtyard is ready for some summertime flowers! A little bit of your personality (and a lot of color) goes a long way in the peaceful spot where you enjoy your morning coffee, relax with a good book, indulge in happy hour with friends, and everything in […]

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Virginia Farm Flavors: Hanover Tomatoes

A tomato is a tomato is a tomato, right? Nope. Not at all. Hanover tomatoes, the summertime belles of the ball at most local farm stands, come in all shapes and sizes. The name “Hanover tomato” encompasses all types: slicers, heirlooms, cherries, romas, etc. So why do all these varieties get labeled under one name? […]

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