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Monticello Farm and Garden: 2020 Sneak Peek

Posted by Monticello’s Keith Nevison and Jason Young Take a look at what’s happening outdoors! 2020 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Monticello’s Farm and Gardens, including our Center for Historic Plants, Center for Food and Farming and landscapes on the mountaintop. A Kitchen Garden at Bartholdi Park A few months back […]

Your January Garden: Plan, Prepare, and Start to Plant

Lengthening days and slowly rising temperature call out for early planting. Thomas Jefferson advised sowing a thimble-full of lettuce every Monday from February to September. We like that advice, and extend it a few weeks in each direction to harvest weekly fresh salad year-long. So in mid-January, get started with sowing lettuce and bulb onions […]

The Price Tag of Shadwell: Arrack Punch

Submitted by Christian Tenney, Monticello Development Staff and Founder of Cocktails 101° Consulting Peter Jefferson famously purchased Shadwell, the birthplace and early home of Thomas Jefferson, in 1736 from William Randolph for the price of “[his] biggest bowl of Arrack punch.” Today that might seem like a paltry sum for acquiring 200 acres of land. However, […]

Gluten-free Cornbread That Passes the Holiday Test

Submitted by Jessica Bryars, Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to begin pulling together recipes to share with family and friends. I’m from southern Alabama and grew up eating cornbread dressing with every holiday meal. Now that I’m gluten-free, I have adapted a simple cornbread recipe that is […]

On the Table at Monticello’s Farm Table

It is harvest time in Central Virginia, and some of the most flavorful produce of the entire growing season is hitting our plates. At Monticello’s Farm Table, our seasonally changing menu is always inspired by what our farmer partners are growing and can bring to the kitchen. You’ll see lots of recipes featuring hearty winter […]

Don’t Fall Down: Prep Your Garden for Winter Now

by Jason Young, Monticello Manager and Curator of Historic Gardens I love the fall season – open windows, the crisp chill in the morning air, canning produce and watching the flowers bloom until the frost finally wins. And as a horticulturist, I can’t stress enough how important it is to use the next few weeks […]