Living the Locavore Lifestyle

By Bruce and Elaine Ingram Living Now Silver Award: Green Living Award-winning outdoor writer Bruce Ingram and his wife Elaine Ingram explain how they have enjoyed a healthy diet and lifestyle for many years by hunting, fishing, raising heritage chickens, growing fruits and vegetables, and foraging in the forests around their Southwest Virginia home. In a series of 25 explanatory chapters, the Ingrams show how to hunt, field-dress, and prepare wild game, ranging from deer to wild turkeys to squirrels and rabbits; how to catch bass, trout, and panfish; how to gather wild berries, nuts, and mushrooms; how to grow vegetables and fruits and protect them from other foragers such as deer; and how to raise heritage chickens and protect them, as well, from predators that could include opossums, foxes, and hawks. The book features dozens of tasty and healthful recipes. They include more than 20 ways to cook and …

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Only the Wild Goose Knows

By Susan Yaruta-Young Saturday, November 10, 1984. Max and Charles are off on a “guys’ getaway” with their stepfather, Fred. The trip takes them to Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It’s Veterans Day Weekend, and Fred has planned this trip around history to show the boys a few important sites from Colonial times and the Civil War era. Included in the “getaway package” is meeting old and new friends. And a very important reason for the trip is to find a new home for Miss Starry Eyes, a wild Canada goose who was rescued and raised by their grandparents. During the weekend, some plans will unfold as Fred hoped, but many new people, twists and turns, fill this Saturday-into-Sunday morning with unexpected adventures.  

Who’s Been Stealing Grandpa’s Fish?

By Susan Yaruta-Young The adventure begins at sunrise when a wide-awake Charles suggests to sleepy older brother Max: breakfast at their grandparents’ house might be a great fill-up. It’s only a dash away through the pony pasture. The spinning dish whirls, filled with breakfast goodies, while stories are told. Then Grandpa “caws” in a murder of crows. All is well until a troubling discovery is made. When Grandpa and the boys feed the fish their chow in the pond, they find that Grandpa’s pet trout is missing. Who could have done this? Max and Charles are on the case. And with the help of adults they make preparations for the end of the day. Follow the boys on nature adventures by swirling springs, dips in the cool stream, pony rides, watching salamanders slide, and flights through the air on a rope swing. There’s the bullfrog chorus, crayfish battle, yummy Greek …

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When Will It Happen?

By Susan Yaruta-Young Crossing The Bridge from Downeast Maine onto Deer Isle is more than traveling up, up, up, then down, down, down, 2,000 feet over the salty waves of Eggemoggin Reach. Many people claim it is a journey back in time into a world where the past lives beside the present, where winds through trees whisper the future. August 12, 1985, Max, age twelve, and Charles, age nine, are on a vacation to Little Deer Isle, a place they’ve never been before. On first entering their cabin they find a warm blueberry pie and a note: “Enjoy!” But when they turn this note over, they see a riddle: “It will happen at some time Be it when the sun is bright Or on a starry night.” “What does that mean?” asks Charles. Neither boy knows, but something will happen. Will it be while walking in blueberry fields at dawn? …

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New book shows how to live off the land and enjoy a healthy lifestyle

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Award-winning outdoor writer Bruce Ingram and his wife Elaine have authored a new book explaining how they have enjoyed a healthy diet and lifestyle for many years by hunting, fishing, raising heritage chickens, growing fruits and vegetables, and foraging in the forests around their Southwest Virginia home. The word “Locavore” combines the Latin roots for local and devour, referring to a lifestyle choice in which people obtain as much of their diet from local sources as possible. The Ingrams live on 38 acres near Troutville, in Botetourt County. They write wild game food columns jointly, and Bruce is the author of fishing and paddling guides to several major Virginia rivers, including the James, the New, the Potomac, and the Rappahannock and Shenandoah. In a series of 25 explanatory chapters, the Ingrams explain how to hunt, field-dress, and prepare wild game, ranging from deer to wild turkeys to squirrels and rabbits; …

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Chesapeake People

Chesapeake People looks into the lives of a variety of intriguing citizens who call the Eastern Shore home. Among them are scientists, watermen, an educator, a world class sailor and a minister. Their fascinating stories are not only entertaining but offer insight into a special lifestyle. Except for four years in the military, Don Parks has lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland his entire life. The son of a waterman, Parks began to seriously explore the Chesapeake Bay and its people following his retirement. The Chesapeake has always been one of his passions. Praise for Chesapeake People “From his literary kitchen Don Parks serves a savory oyster stew of memorable characters who enrich, and whose lives are enriched, by their comings and goings on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.”  —  Jack O’Brien. Retired editor of weeklies in Dorchester, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. A former AP writer, …

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The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cookbook

In his ninth book, Whitey Schmidt – the man dubbed the Blue Crab Guru by Chesapeake Bay Magazine – delivers pleasure on the half shell. His unique take on popular Bay country oyster dishes like stew, oysters Rockefeller and fritters will electrify your palate and delight your guests. Join Whitey as he explores not only great recipes, but the vibrant ways of life surrounding the oyster in Chesapeake country. Through original photographs, vignettes and historic prints along with 210 mouth-watering recipes – Whitey weaves a wonderful tapestry of food, pop culture and history that will leave you hungry for more.

New River Guide

“Great news for river rats and nature lovers who want to deepen their knowledge of home waters. Bruce Ingram’s companionable river guides have been updated. Now in their third incarnation, the guides contain new, expanded information on float trips, fishing spots, angling techniques and lures, access points, portaging hints, and bird-watching tips. Best of all, readers reap the benefits of Ingram’s outdoor wisdom and advice.” — Virginia Wildlife * * * The New River is one of the most changeable and fickle rivers on the East Coast and also one of the most beautiful and rewarding. It attracts anglers, canoeists, kayakers, rafters, bird watchers, rock climbers, and those who simply enjoy the great outdoors. Bruce Ingram’s New River Guide provides an indispensable overview of this untamed and scenic waterway as it winds through three states, including the bucolic South Fork in North Carolina, the ridges of Virginia, and the gorges of West …

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James River Guide

“Great news for river rats and nature lovers who want to deepen their knowledge of home waters. Bruce Ingram’s companionable river guides have been updated. Now in their third incarnation, the guides contain new, expanded information on float trips, fishing spots, angling techniques and lures, access points, portaging hints, and bird-watching tips. Best of all, readers reap the benefits of Ingram’s outdoor wisdom and advice.” — Virginia Wildlife * * * The James River is Virginia’s premier river for recreation – and Bruce Ingram’s James River Guide is the key to enjoying it, whether you are an angler, kayaker, rafter or bird watcher. 29 locator maps provide vital information on the river, all the way from its headwaters near Iron Gate to the dramatic fall line at Richmond. The longest river in the Old Dominion, the James offers the best smallmouth bass fishing in the state. Muskies and flathead catfish also abound, …

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Bruce Ingram

Bruce Ingram has spent a lifetime exploring the woods and waterways of his native Southwest Virginia. He is a devoted fisherman, birder, hunter, and paddler, sharing his love of the outdoors in five books and more than 2,000 magazine articles. A high school English teacher by day, Ingram lives with his wife Elaine in Troutville, Virginia. They have two children and two grandchildren. The Outdoor Writers Association of America has honored Bruce six times for writing excellence. Follow Bruce’s blog and keep up with his writing and speaking engagements at https://sites.google.com/site/bruceingramoutdoors/home.