Best blueberry picking in Loudoun County

July 10th is National Pick Blueberries Day and we think it's only fitting that we share a little secret with you. Ready? Put your ear close to your screen ... the best blueberry picking in Loudoun County, Virginia is ... pick blueberries day

 

Eagletree Blueberry Farm !!!!!

Eagletree Blueberry Farm is owned by a local Lucketts family and has row upon row of beautiful blueberry bushes. Once you've parked your car, grab a bucket and get to picking! Eagletree Blueberry Farm is -- hands down --- the best blueberry picking opportunity in Loudoun County!

 

Their blueberries are so scrumptious that even the July 2016 tasting menu for Fabbioli Cellars is featuring their ripe and tasty blueberries!

Fabbioli Cellars Eagletree Blueberries

 

Open 10-5pm daily until the blueberries are gone ...

15126 Harrison Hill Ln, Leesburg (Lucketts)

 

Farmers Market in Reston

Each spring, locals in Reston rejoice and delight as the Farmers Market season begins! Just opened on May 7, 2016, the bountiful and diverse offerings at the Farmers Market in Reston are available to you Saturdays, now through November 12th from 8am until noon (closed September 24, 2016 for the Multicultural Festival). The Farmers Market in Reston has been operating for nearly 20 years, with humble beginnings when the Friends of T.O.M.A.T.O. (The Organic Market At Tall Oaks) approached the Reston Association asking for assistance in creating the Farmers Market and the rest is history! Farmers Market - Reston

No matter what you're in the "market" for, the Farmers Market in Reston has you covered!

Meat & Seafood:  Arnest Seafood, Valentine's Country Bakery and Meat, Breezy Meadow Farms, Ole Pioneer's Kitchen, Smith Family Farm,

Produce: 78 Acres, Glascock's Produce, Hutt Produce, J & W Valley View Farm, Jerry's Gourmet Berries, Ladybug Mountain Farm, Mt. Olympus Farm, Penn Farm, Potomac Vegetable Farm, Spring Valley Farm and Orchard, The Farm at Sunnyside, Toigo Orchards

Dairy & Cheese: Blue Ridge Dairy, Cherry Glen Goat Cheese, Misty Meadow Farm Creamery,

Bakery & Sweets: A Bit More - sweets & specialties, Baguette Republic,  Grace's Fine Pastries

Honey, Popcorn and More  : Bees 'n Blossoms, Cavanna Pasta, Colonial Kettle Corn, Fresh Crunch Pickles,  Reid's Orchard & Winery,

Ready Made: Kiwi Kuisine,

Lake Anne Village Center
11404 Washington Plaza W
Reston, VA 20190

Perhaps you're also "in the market" for a new home! This private townhome is located at 1500 Deer Point Way, and is just around the corner from the Farmers Market in Reston! With a treehouse like seclusion, yet close enough to all amenities you'd ever need, the home is perfectly situated in an amazing community with a "welcome home" feel that you won't believe.

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For more information about this amazing 2 bedroom, 3.5 bath oasis in Reston, learn more about its offerings on the property website for 1500 Deer Point Way, Reston VA or call/text Naomi Hattaway at 571-482-7356.

Brambleton Restaurants

If you haven't yet checked out the Brambleton restaurants, now is the time! The weather is turning nicer by the day, and many of our top favorites have outdoor seating! Photo Credit: Asian Spice Cafe

ASIAN SPICE CAFE, 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-327-2525)

CALIFORNIA TORTILLA, 42385 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-542-8822)

FROOTS, 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-327-7901)

MY THAI PLACE, 42385 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-327-5900)

PAPA TONY'S TRATTORIA, 22855 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton (703-327-8600)

PEET'S COFFEE & TEA, 42385 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-722-6125)

Wish you could live somewhere close enough to WALK to the Brambleton Town Center?
Check out our latest listing at 42523 Magellan Square :

Vino 9

Vino 9 Market Logo  

At the corner of Clarke's Gap Road and Charles Town Pike in Paeonian Springs, sits Vino 9 Market. With an amazing selection of craft and specialty beers and a super large selection of wine, this is a great one-stop shop when you're in the area! With local foods, snacks, vintage sodas and an Ariston Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Station, where you can purchase and refill your bottles. It doesn't stop there. They also have fantastic award winning pulled pork bbq and a full menu!

Photo Credit: Vino 9

You can pick up to-go, or enjoy a beer, cold drink or a bite to eat on their outdoor enclosed patio. With the WO & D bike trail only a block away, Vino 9 makes a fantastic rest stop on your journey. On the weekends, local music and entertainment grace the makeshift stage and you can often see not only bicyclists on the W & OD Trail but bikers (motorcycles) and folks stopping in on their wine tastings or antique shopping tours!

We happen to love Paeonian Springs and not just because of Vino 9. Check out our newest listing at 16999 Highland Circle, an amazing historic home just around the corner from Vino 9 Market:

 

To learn more about this amazing home, see photos or to schedule a showing please visit: 16999 Highland Circle | 8th & Home

 

Happy Hour with Hidden Brook Winery and Cured Food Truck

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 20th from 5-7pm for a fantastic happy hour at Hidden Brook Winery in Lucketts, Virginia! Not only will there be wine tastings galore, but the Cured Food Truck will be on hand with their amazing menu to solve your "What's For Dinner" dilemma! (Attendees are also welcome to bring picnic dinners to dine with their families)

Lucketts Life Happy Hour 8th & Home

 

43301 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg, Virginia 20176

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Thursday, August 20th

5-7pm

Cured Food Truck 8th & Home Happy Hour Hidden Brook Winery

 

Cured Food Truck 8th & home

Stay tuned for the menu selection for that night, but to whet your appetite:

cured food truck menu

Hidden Brook Winery Lucketts Virginia

 

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Cinco de Mayo History, the REAL story

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This post comes your way from Natalia Rotan, one of the 8th & Home team! Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, we thought it only right that she share with us her amazing authentic Mexican recipes and ... ahem ... her love of the annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations! The Cinco de Mayo history may not be all you think it to be!

 

Delicious guacamole Natalia Rotan 8th and Home Virginia

 

Believe it or not, even though I’m a native Mexican, I’ve never really celebrated Cinco de Mayo, and for good reason:  History tells us that celebrating Cinco de Mayo is -- and always has been -- mostly an American tradition!

May 5, 1862 is when the Mexican army defeated the invading French army at the Battle of Puebla, Mexico.  There are certainly still many local Mexican celebrations near Puebla, the real history of the holiday dates back to Mexican Americans living within California!! Historians show the very first celebration being held just days after the battle, when news of the Mexican victory traveled to the Mexican community in the northern California town of Columbia.  While the U.S. was in the middle of its own Civil War in 1862, the Mexican American community could draw many parallels between the Union and the victorious Mexican army.

Cinco de Mayo was celebrated every year in California throughout the American Civil War and soon spread to other Mexican American communities all over the U.S., where it is still celebrated today, even more than in Mexico!

Even so, I think there is ALWAYS good reason to have a nice Mexican fiesta with your friends and family.

Salud to Cinco de Mayo!  In honor of the Mexican American celebration, here are two of my favorite authentic recipes.  Enjoy!

Delicious guacamole Natalia Rotan 8th and Home Virginia

Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients:

2 avocados

2 limes

½ small onion, diced

2 roma tomatoes, diced

Handful of cilantro, chopped

Salt to taste

Instructions:
  1. Cut the avocados in half.
  2. Scoop out the avocados into a mixing bowl. Add the juice of the limes and mash.
  3. Add onion, tomato, cilantro and salt. Stir until well mixed.

 

Michelada con clamato Natalia Rotan 8th and Home Real Estate Virginia

 

Natalia's Michelada Recipe

Ingredients:

½ cup of clamato juice

2 limes (usually about ¼ cup lime juice)

½ tsp worcestershire sauce

½ tsp maggi seasoning

½ tsp hot sauce

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Tajin (to taste)

Mexican beer or the beer of your preference

Instructions:
  1. Pour all the ingredients except the beer in a beer cup.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Slowly pour beer

 

However YOU are celebrating today, we hope it is with loved ones, friends and family alike. Cheers to your health, your wealth and to your community!

2015 Friday Night Live in Herndon

The season is upon us! The season of Northern Virginia's Summer Concert Series', that is. Friday Night Live in Herndon kicks off tonight on the Town Green! Best part is the cost of entry - FREE! Events start at 6:30 pm and usually end around 10:30. If there are two bands, the first band listed starts around 8:00 pm.  Inclement weather doesn't always mean a cancellation, so check with the Herndon Rocks Facebook or Twitter page first!

Food Vendors this year include JJ Deli, Jimmy's Tavern, Domino's, and Tur Cuisine.

TONIGHT May 1 -  Go Go Gadjet

May 8 - The Rockets

May 15 -  Split Decision

May 22 - The Reagan Years

May 29 - No Friday Night Live!  (Herndon Festival)

June 5 - Love Seed Mama Jump

June 12 - Kristen & the Noise

June 19 - For the Win + Southbay

June 26 - Gonzo's Nose

July 3 - The Fuzz + Delta Spur

July 10 - The Vigilantes + Hottwire

July 17 - 2U + Six to Midnight

July 24 - Herr Metal+Dr FU

July 31 - Burnt Sienna

August 7 - Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous

August 14 - The Reflex

August 21 - White Ford Bronco

August 28 - Blue Label

 

Stay tuned for more schedules of this summer's concerts in Northern Virginia!

Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm

 

“Hey, Naomi? It’s Patricia from Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm. I’m going to pick up 175 peeps (baby chicks) this morning, do you want to bring your daughter over to see them?”

Would we ever! My daughter and I spent nearly two hours that morning with Patricia, her own daughter and sister Laura – watching and holding the baby peeps, visiting and even received a fun introduction to Bullwinkle, their resident bull calf.

Credit Julie

 

 

Patricia Glaeser and her husband Carl have successfully married Carl’s knowledge of sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry with Patricia’s culinary expertise and created a thing of beauty at Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm. But what does that actually mean? On their 26 acre working farm, they raise Jersey dairy cows and pasture heritage pork as well as GMO-free eggs .  In the market for grass-fed beef? Look no further as they also sell Loudoun County Angus beef from Oakland Green Farm in Lincoln, VA.

 

Lucketts Bed and Breakfast B&B

Patricia is a classically trained New York chef and is amazing to watch in action. Not only does she manage the farm, herd and milk the cows, assist with birthing and breeding, and all other aspects of running a farm, she also teaches cooking classes featuring locally grown ingredients and wines (they also sell the Big Green Egg line of charcoal grills/smokers). If you think that’s enough to keep her busy, add on the management of the cozy B&B (they also provide catering, host weddings and events, providing a distinctive Loudoun flavor).

They invite you to come have a cup of amazing Kona coffee in their store (which is wi-fi ready and a great place to co-work), milk a cow, pick up eggs, relax by the pond or learn how easy it is to inject amazing locally grown food into your family’s meal rotation! Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm is run in such a manner that it feels that you ARE indeed part of the family.

As Patricia says, “it's all about finding your own happy” and it feels, that the Glaeser family is well on their way to finding it for themselves.

Bed and Breakfast pork beef lucketts leesburg viriginia

 

 

For more information about open hours, or to read about the rich history of the Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm, the ice house and the old slave quarters, visit their website.

 

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