Wine & Dine Jefferson Style Fresh Local Foods Charlottesville lies among a few beautiful counties, including Albemarle, Nelson and Orange, whose rich agricultural history and farm community are well loved and supported by our many local restaurants and residents. Even the students at the University have access to fresh produce through a food delivery program that partners with local farmers and artisans.
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Well before so-called locavores arrived in the headlines, many of our restaurants were already building their reputations on the quality of the local food they supplied to their grateful customers. Visit Charlottesville during any time of the year, and you are sure to enjoy the season’s finest crops. Area chefs take great pride in creating memorable meals, and they also enjoy letting the artisan’s hand show through when plating locally crafted cheese, charcuterie and jam. Chefs also work to make sure our area’s local foods and produce beautifully complement our local wine and craft beverage scene, many of which are also sourced from local farms and vineyards. It is no exaggeration to say that local chefs and restaurateurs are friends with the growers, farmers and brewers who supply their establishments. Take note of the farms and artisanal ventures mentioned by name on menus, for you may encounter some of the people at a local farmer’s market. You can find farmer’s markets during certain week days and visit the popular City Market that takes place each Saturday through October. Stop by a local specialty store and you are sure to find an array of local products— the perfect souvenir or gift. Some of our local farmers are even carried in the larger grocery stores in our area. Photo Credit: Robin Bethke
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