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“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
Reap what they sow
Thomas Jefferson was a legendary gardener, and if around today, would probably be a self-proclaimed "foodie". He was known for his plant experimentation and creating a sustainable agriculture at Monticello, so what better place to celebrate the summer harvest than at Jefferson's house? Head over to the beautiful West Lawn of Jefferson's Monticello this weekend and taste the plenitude of heirloom fruits and vegetables while learning about organic gardening at the 7th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival.
You can purchase separate tickets for premium workshops and lectures held on Friday by local gardening experts. Try "Herb Box on a Budget" hosted by Althea and Matthew Raiford or "Seed Saving in the Monticello Vegetable Garden" with Pat Brodowski. The lectures and workshops go all day on Friday and conclude with a Mountaintop Tasting and Grand Preview dinner for those who have purchased a Festival VIP Pass.
On Saturday, there will be chef demonstrations as part of general admission into the festival. Demonstrations include "Cake Decorating: So Easy a Kid Can Do It" with Kimberly Ligh, "Why We Eat What We Eat" with Michele Kayal, Bonny Wolf and Domenica Marchetti, "Maize, The Mother Corn" with Kelley Wilkinson, and "Grains in the Garden: A Quick and Healthy...
By Coy Barefoot
Our government has no business being in the liquor business. It's time for the Virginia state government to get out of the business of making money off a statewide monopoly on liquor sales. This is an embarrassing anachronism from the days of alcohol prohibition. Our government was not created to sell liquor. Our government was not founded to operate a profit-driven agency. Business is better left in the hands of business.
Washington state used to have the same 1920s-era monopoly on liquor that Virginia now has. But in a 2011 referendum, voters wisely put an end to that. Washington state privatized liquor sales last year. And you know what? The sky did not fall. Drunk driving is down, and the state is actually making more money. Go figure.
Governor Bob McDonnell (back in less scandal-ridden days), led a valiant effort to get the Virginia government out of the liquor business, but a coalition of Democrats and Republicans opposed him. Some Democrats did a lot of brow-wiping over the threat of losing millions of dollars the state makes selling booze. Some social conservatives did a lot of hand-wringing about the idea of a liquor store on every corner across the Commonwealth. The very same folks who endlessly beat the drum about less government and more free enterprise stood in the Governor’s way and against their own purported beliefs.
The day will come when a bipartisan group of leaders steps...