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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Early Spring at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market

Early Spring at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market

We’re happy to report the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market is back! Yesterday was the first day of the 2015 season, which will run Sundays through October at Four Mile Run Park. There were plenty of food offerings — vegetables, herbs, cheese, jam, bread, coffee and gourmet hot sauce. We also saw a friendly Del Ray face, Kremena, who was selling her homemade Bulgarian pastries. The artisans tend to vary each week but yesterday we found eco-friendly soap, flowers and handwoven linens. You can also count on a different musician each week, a wide open space for kids to ride bikes and tables and chairs to sit and enjoy a pour-over coffee, perhaps, in the warm morning sun. We look forward to another great season at Four Mile...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Sunprinted Natural-Dye Easter Eggs

Sunprinted Natural-Dye Easter Eggs

I stumbled upon this blog post about sunprinted Easter eggs and was instantly intrigued. Though they aren’t technically sunprints (that requires special chemicals) they have that sunprinted look and seemed to be a nice change from our typical natural-dyed eggs we’ve made over the past couple of years. (You don’t need natural dyes to make these, but I’m providing the instructions for how I made these using blueberries as my dye.) Supplies: A dozen hard-boiled eggs Small pack of blueberries 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup white vinegar Fresh-picked leaves of varying shapes and sizes One pair of pantyhose (or pieces of cheesecloth), cut into 3-inch squares To make the dye, I simmered a small pack of blueberries in a pan with some water, mashing the berries with a fork to get the juices out. This took a few minutes. Then I strained the berries and added vinegar to the liquid. As the dye cooled, I prepared the eggs. I didn’t have any interesting leaves, so I used a weed...

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 | 1 comment

Del Ray Parks and Rec: Potomac Yard Workout Trail

Del Ray Parks and Rec: Potomac Yard Workout Trail

A few weeks ago, I noticed from the window of the Metro train on my commute home that there were several bright green stations on the walking trail that connects Braddock Road Metro to Monroe Ave. I found out these are workout stops, part of the overall plan for the new Potomac Yard Park. Each stop, accessible for kids and adults, comes with instructions for use and a soft surface. The lower section of the trail near the Braddock Metro Station still needs some work. But the upper part of the trail close to Monroe Ave and Bell Del Ray is landscaped and the pavement is marked. Up at Monroe, you can cut left and head over to Del Ray or continue north to the rest of Potomac Yard. We look forward to adding these workout stops and a little variation to our morning...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 | 1 comment

Creating a Backyard Community Garden From the Ground Up

Creating a Backyard Community Garden From the Ground Up

I’ve always been impressed with Catherine’s garden. By September it’s overflowing — tomatoes, peppers, carrots, greens, beans, garlic, onions, herbs and more. She even grows flowers solely for arrangements. But this year, the garden is going to change. It’s getting bigger (2-3 times bigger) and turning into a community garden she and her neighbors can work on together, sharing expenses, time and, of course, harvest. Right now, there are about five raised beds along the side of Catherine’s fence, and an additional five by her neighbor Lauren’s house. But they want more. The boxes above contain unassembled frames for more beds. Everyone on the block was invited to participate in the community garden project, they held brainstorming meetings over the winter. Currently three households are participating, but they hope more will jump on board once the real work gets started. Catherine and Lauren created a detailed map for the expanded garden, each raised bed is numbered and coordinates with a spreadsheet that lists what will go in each bed,...

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Tree to Table: Germaine’s Custom Maple Counter

Tree to Table: Germaine’s Custom Maple Counter

A few weeks ago, when we took a studio tour of the woodworking co-op behind the Birchmere, we hinted about a special project that we’d show you by one of the artists, Lisa Sikes of Heart & Hammer Furniture Co. We love this story not just because it’s about using reclaimed wood, but because it involves creating furniture from a tree in your very own backyard. The way the pieces of this story come together so perfectly is nothing short of amazing either. After we published the story about the woodworking co-op, Lisa put us in touch with her client, Germaine, so we could see a finished product in person. The counter, made from a maple tree in Germaine’s yard, is just as fabulous as we imagined. Germaine told me the tree had reached the end of its lifespan and needed to be removed. But instead of sending the maple off to the chipper, Germaine remembered reading about a company that would come to your house and slice trees...

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