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Column: A word about apples — and varieties of a fall favorite

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Nothing seems more American than apple pie – unless it is either apples packed into school lunches or spiced apple cider on Halloween.   Apples are such a part of our national identity that it’s hard… Continue Reading

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In Lago Mar, a home garden is a scenic habitat for many creatures

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE LAGO MAR — As a child growing up in East Greenwich, R.I., Joyce Williams created her own little park by transplanting wildflowers into her family’s shady yard.  “I didn’t know what I was doing then,” she said,… Continue Reading

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Column: Debunking a few common gardening myths, such as where to put that banana peel

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — A recent conversation with Alexandra Cantwell, adult education manager at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, showed me much of what I thought I knew about gardening was myth. “You might hear anecdotal evidence that some… Continue Reading

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Blackberry season is underway in southern Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Summer’s heat and sun are ripening the blackberries, and this fruit is becoming available locally at markets. Blackberries aren’t as widely grown commercially as strawberries in Virginia Beach, but farmer Roy Flanagan grows them to… Continue Reading

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After initially announcing closure, Pungo Blueberries Etc. is open this summer for you-pick business

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — It was barely 7 a.m. on one recent humid, overcast morning, but already customers were in the orchard plucking the plump berries that were ripening at Pungo Blueberries Etc.   Farm owners Robert and Juanita… Continue Reading

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So long, strawberries: A big year for iconic Virginia Beach crop

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — This spring may go down in local lore as one of the best strawberry seasons ever in southern Virginia Beach. There was a bountiful crop thanks to the weather conditions – and there were… Continue Reading

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New addition to pork retail market shows growing interest in local food sources during pandemic

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BLACKWATER — Land of Promise Farms, traditionally the go-to spot for youth raising pigs as 4-H projects, is now selling pork directly to local consumers at the Market at Land of Promise Farms. Sausages, bacon, pork chops, ribs… Continue Reading

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A vibrant community gathering, displays celebrate Black History Month at the Senior Resource Center in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Creeds native and writer Rita Jones sees humanity as a single patchwork quilt that’s sewn from many threads, and she developed this vision into a program she coordinated for the Senior Resource Center, Inc., in… Continue Reading

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Once largely forgotten, a Revolutionary War skirmish is remembered in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — What could be worse than leading soldiers and horses through a swamp in mid-Februrary? Discovering a burned bridge on the other side and realizing that you’re going to have to wade through yet another… Continue Reading

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Walter A. Whitehurst, pastor and author, crafted tales about his beloved home in Pungo village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The Rev. Walter A. Whitehurst loved family, church and his home community of Pungo – and these became intertwined in his legacy as a storyteller.Whitehurst died on Saturday, Jan. 4, after a brief illness. He… Continue Reading