Author: Sarah Golibart Gorman
Farmers, food business owners, conservationists, Virginia cooperative extension agents, and other farm-adjacent folks from across the state gathered last week for a kind of a catch-up, reflection and exchange of ideas after the most recent growing seasons.
If you’ve savored BMC Bakes’ pastel macarons, sugar-coated donuts or neatly packed layered cakes in a jar, you might not have realized they were gluten-free. That’s precisely how Sarah Baker prefers it.
Lexy Shifflett, wearing a green and white tie-dyed Drifters Cafe t-shirt, aligned a fresh countertop while her father-in-law guided the saw. She and her husband, Lukas Shifflett, were hard at work earlier this month transforming the Ice House location, which previously housed Black Sheep Coffee, now relocated at 80 E. Market St. And as of Tuesday, Drifters was open for business, adding to the growing ranks of Harrisonburg’s coffee shops.
It’s Wednesday and I’m rattling up I-81 in a Ford Transit bound for Newport, Rhode Island. Our cargo? Six bikes, eight solar panels, four guitars, one drum kit, and five people. This weekend will be Virginia-based rock duo Illiterate Light’s second time hosting Newport Folk Festival’s bike stage. To prepare for the festival, the band hosted a pop-up show at Pale Fire Brewing on Monday evening.