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Carriage Hill I Condominiums LLC to Edward A. & Patricia M. Defeitas, 830 Beverley Drive, Unit 103, $204,000
Citimortgage Inc. to Susan Taylor, 4330 Presidents Road, $55,000
Federal National Mortgage Association to Jose A. Torres, 141...
Since last fall, there's been a hole-in-the-wall (literally!) Mexican take-out joint in the back of the Belmont Market that's been serving up spicy fish tacos, burritos, and veggie delights almost completely under the radar. That's by design, according to owner Saras Pruitt, who chose to keep a low profile while she smoothed out the kinks with her little eatery called Andale!
A Charlottesville native who spent her early years in the Yogaville community of Buckingham County, Pruitt says she wanted to do something like this for years, so she walked away from her job as an insurance broker to make and sell the food she has always liked making at home.
"So far, it's just been word of mouth," says Pruitt of her advertising efforts. "And it's going pretty well."
In about a month or so, she says she plans to take her one-woman show from Monticello Avenue to the Downtown Mall with a mobile cart, and while it's currently cash only inside her Belmont Market location, she'll soon accept credit cards. Right now, hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 4pm.
In addition to beef, shrimp, and fish, Pruitt says she has vegetarian options as well, like BBQ tofu.
"I love this kind of food," she says.
After we had a tasting or two, we can say it shows.
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By Michael Akey
“Farmers are the original environmentalists.”
That’s the phrase I heard several times during a recent state legislature committee hearing on a bill that would limit when farmers could apply manure and other fertilizers on croplands. Now, common sense would dictate that plants don’t take up nutrients when plants are not growing, and science tells us that during the winter these nutrients either seep into the water table or run off into the Chesapeake Bay.
Every possible excuse was heard as to why farmers just cannot be asked to limit the application of manure on their fields:
• “Other states pollute more; why should we be responsible?”
• “Fencing out livestock from streams is expensive.”
• “Poultry manure isn’t a waste product; it’s a benefit.”
It seems that farmers just do not want to take responsibility for the waste and manure produced on their farms. But are these excuses really valid?
As a farmer in Maryland, I understand the costs involved in starting a farm from scratch. I also understand the challenges involved in farming in a traditional way, where the animals can graze and the manure is utilized responsibly. While it was Maryland's Natural Resources Conservation Service office that helped get us on our feet, the lessons I’ve learned apply throughout the mid-Atlantic.
What about the cost for fencing animals out of our streams,...