Literature Food Creates Community Food creates community. Storytelling team Our Local Commons has published a brand new volume of stories from the local food community surrounding Charlottesville: Our Local Commons, Vol. III. To be released in May 2016, it includes 16 feature-length stories, eight cooking tutorials, and more than 30 tested recipes from the area’s chefs, bakers, farmers and food artisans. In the pages of Our Local Commons, Vol. III, readers learn about the connections between those that grow and make food in the Charlottesville area. Stories include: barley farming and malting in Nelson County; foraging in the Shenandoah Valley; a craft distillery that uses only Virginia-grown ingredients; a neighborhood’s embrace of locally-grown produce; the rise of craft beer in Charlottesville; and personal profiles of bakers, winemakers, farmers and families. Each story is filled with vibrant imagery and captivating prose, giving readers a clear understanding of the energy—and ingenuity—driving this city’s nationally heralded culinary scene. Our Local Commons—cofounders and photographers Andrea Hubbell and Sarah Cramer Shields and writer Jenny Paurys—have captured the rise of the artisan food movement in Virginia in four books: Our Local Commons Vol. I, Vol. II and Vol. III, focused on the Charlottesville local food community, and The Virginia Table, which shares stories of food artisans across the Commonwealth. Virginia is leading an American food revolution, and these books, which are also designed and printed in Virginia, illuminate the lives at the center of this shifting paradigm.