Raw Chocolate for the Soul….enough said….

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017

Raw Chocolate for the Soul….enough said….

Steven Lambeth’s sweet creations are a thoughtful pleasure (chocolate with intention!) first motivated by a lost love, a girlfriend who loved chocolate. He first began eating chocolate to fill the hole left by the Lost One. His obsession took over, and he realized he could craft his own chocolate, and so began this “spiritual journey”- Raw chocolate for the Soul—vegan, no-cane sugar, hand-crafted, made from entirely organic, whole foods and raw cacao from Peru. He makes his small batches right up the road in...

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Hell’s Belles, Dirty Blonde, & Sonnie Plakotaris: Which of these is not a craft beer?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017

Hell’s Belles, Dirty Blonde, & Sonnie Plakotaris: Which of these is not a craft beer?

Last week I met someone who was visiting the Village after a while away. She was happy to see familiar faces and old friends, and she mentioned the “Bubble” that exists in Saxapahaw. She said, it’s hard for people to leave here, and when they do, they always come back. I’ve heard this before, and it is something to remember. Today, I talked a little with Sonnie Plakotaris, our laid-back beer-buyer, people-appreciator, natural-product-creator, Nature-lover, and all-around cool presence. Here are a few tidbits:...

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Switchels! Stop by and taste Family Naturals’ Summer Water!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017

Switchels! Stop by and taste Family Naturals’ Summer Water!

You know about kombucha- ever met Switchel? Switchel is a fermented drink made with apple cider vinegar, water, and a natural sweetener like molasses. Ginger root, honey, maple syrup, Seltzer, and other variations are used too. Switchel answers to Haymakers’ Punch, Switchy, Farmers’ Relief, and the names grow as mixologists pour. (I’ve been drinking variations for a long while, but didn’t know this name for it!) Switchel came from the Caribbean, most say, and our colonial ancestors had theirs too. Delighted to...

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Heirlooms, Veggie lore, local Joys, and Telling Stories

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

Heirlooms, Veggie lore, local Joys,  and Telling Stories

It’s not easy to let go of our often-frustrated attachment to perfection, but heirloom produce can help. Heirloom produce, like comedy, is not pretty. Someone wrote that heirlooms have made “ugly” a good thing—many of us eagerly collect offerings of lumpy, scarred, multi-colored tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and more for higher prices because we love their taste and we delight in their differences. Without them, we may believe that all such produce is the same. (Our chefs use these amazing heirloom tomatoes in...

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Saturdays in Saxapahaw, July 8!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017

Keep the good times rolling with the Saturdays in Sax fun! Local farmers, crafters, food trucks, big bubbles, AND music by local Sarah Shook & the Disarmers  (6-8pm)“…the interplay between Shook and guitarist Eric Peterson made you think you might be hearing Neil Young & Crazy Horse about to break out in a jam. And then there are those moments when you just drop your jaw in awe of the devastating one-liners around which Shook builds narrative.” NO Depression. Hard-core country from a...

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