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While visiting my aging mother, my sister and I began to do some gardening which she is no longer able to do. My sister dumped out her garden tool bag and out fell a security vest in neon green. When I asked why that was in with her garden tools, she said she uses it when she goes out with the “citizen pruners” in her town.
She has taken a course with the cooperative extension service in her state to prune trees and shrubs using “correct technique, common sense, and a feel for aesthetics.” After taking the course and getting a five year license, members go out as a team with an extension leader and prune overgrown public areas. They prune bicycle paths and parks, clear brush and limbs from blocking highway signs and generally keep the town looking good. Any time a limb is damaged or there is a danger to pedestrians, the citizen pruners are called on. If you participate in the pruning program, the $100 fee is paid for you.
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Doughboy Market & Bakery
6440 Thomas Jefferson Prwy (Rte. 53)
Palmyra, VA 22963
434-589-8999
www.doughboymarket.vpweb.com
Tues and Wed 6 am to 6 pm
Thu - Sun 6 am to 9 pm
Closed Monday

Two months ago I received an email from my friend Patsy, informing me that she and her husband had just enjoyed a delicious lunch at Doughboy Market & Bakery. She suggested that I review it for this column and I am so glad that she did. As I did not care for the previous market and bakery (Breadboy) I had not noticed the change of name, chef, and improvement in the variety and quality of the food offered. It is too bad that the names are so similar and can be confusing. After several visits and input from others in the community, I am finally prepared to provide my readers with several reasons to visit Doughboy, a new market (think deli/bistro) and bakery with a young, enthusiastic and enterprising chef.
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Where do you live?
In a tiny little house with a beautiful porch east of Palmyra, re-built with the help of many friends.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We first moved here in 1989. Technically, it was the housing prices in Charlottesville that brought us out to Fluvanna. But more generally speaking, it was my bicycle. I fell in love with the gentle beauty of Virginia while riding through on a bike trip and decided to find a way to come back to live here.

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A yellow finch perches on a basil plant. Photo by Lynn Stayton-EurellI am visiting an extraordinary garden where vegetables pop up in the flower border and flowers shine among the vegetables. Vegetables are often ornamental, especially if left to flower and go to seed as with cilantro, arugula, parsley and kale. When seedlings appear, they are transplanted into a new pattern for the next season’s crop. In this garden, parsley and thyme hedges surround geometric beds of early broccoli followed by green beans. Mexican sunflowers (tithonia) are interplanted with yellow, pink and lime green State Fair zinnias shading summer lettuces planted underneath.
Basil and garlic surround the tomatoes, each in its own square. When the garlic is dug out, fertilizer is added as the tomatoes set fruit. A few elephant garlics are left to flower just for fun. Egyptian onions with odd edible seed heads twist around in several places. Yellow onions have been dug but some are left to bloom with softball size seed heads.
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Photo by Lynn Stayton-EurellThree quarters of all flowering plants depend on the 200,000 species of animals to act as pollinators. About 1,000 of these are hummingbirds, bats, and other small animals. The rest are insects; beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies, and moths. Bees intentionally collect pollen while most others carry the pollen about while they are feeding on the flower nectar. Over 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need animal pollinators including blueberries, strawberries, apples, melons, squash and tomatoes.
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