Depart DC: Open House @Ayshire Farms

Going organic can be hard not to mention expensive.  In my house, we have made some small changes over the past few years with the hope that the majority of the meat we eat will come from Ayrshire. They offer products from humanely raised animals which, in my opinion, should be the norm not the rarity.  In addition to meats, they also sell fresh fruits and vegetables and pet food! Yes, you read that correctly! They sell minimally processed dog and cat food so you can rest assured your four legged friend is eating the same wholesome ingredients that Ayrshire is famous for.
According to their website:
“The Farm is a certified organic farm, specializing in rare and endangered breeds livestock and heirloom fruits and vegetables. It is a working manor farm, historically a place of efficiency, sufficiency, and serenity.”
Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?!?  Why not take advantage of the semi-annual open house and make a trek out to Ayrshire May 19th and 20th to experience it all first hand!

Depart DC: The Water Street Project (April18-29, 2012)


Head down to 3401 Water Street NW in Georgetown from 1PM-7PM on select days April 18-29 to soak up all the creativity and good eats! Art installations, food, music, collectives and even a comedian will be on hand! Tickets are on sale for special evening events held throughout their 11 day run. Check out The Water Street Project site for more details and ticketing information.

Depart DC: Welcome Spring…with a trip to DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival


Happy first day of spring, everyone!  Here in the DC metro area, we usher in this season of rebirth and growth with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating its 100th year, to honor Japan’s gift of 3000 cherry trees to the United States in 1912 as a sign of friendship.  If you have not had the pleasure of strolling along the Tidal Basin in DC during the peak of the cherry blossoms, you really must!  It is a sight to behold…one that children and adults alike would cherish. 

The Cherry Blossom festivities run from March 20th-April 27th with daily events throughout the city along with pop-up shops that will only stick around until the festival ends.  Check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival official website to see a listing of the happenings.  You can also find visitor information including maps, hotels, commemorative merchandise for purchase and information about how you can get involved to ensure the trees are around for another 100 years.    

Additionally, The Washington Post Going-Out-Gurus have compiled a map and podcast that you can download to your mobile device to enjoy while walking amongst the gorgeous, pink, flowering trees! Hope to see you at the festival!