Pictured above: Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Office, Chief of Staff, Bo Machayo with Dan Hine of EatLoCo
Pictured above: Dan Hine with the winner of the Chili Cook-Off, Diane Morano!

EatLoCo’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off was a Success!

It may have been cold, but last weekend’s Chili Cook-off was a success!

Over $500 was raised for the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness! And, we all got to sample some incredible chili recipes from Loudoun. Congratulations to the first place chili recipe winner Diane Morano!  And a HUGE thank you to our sponsor, Awakenings Massage and Stephanie Carpio! Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Office, Chief of Staff, Bo Machayo stopped by as well to say hello to the market crowd and chili contestants!

We had 13 chili’s to choose from – check them out!

Porco LoCO
Chili Gone LoCo on Bourbon and Cocoa
Sugar Ray’s sweet & Hot
Deerlicious
Farmer’s Best Chili
Kim’s Chili
Sneaky Veggie Boilermaker Chili
Wine Country Chili
Hillbilly chilly
SuAndrew Triple “S” Chili!
Farmers Market Vegetable Chili
Tommy’s Super Awesome Delicious Chili
Jesse’s Texas Red

(Pictured top left: Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Office, Chief of Staff, Bo Machayo with Dan Hine of EatLoCo. Bottom: the chili tastings!)

EatLoCo’s 1st Annual Pie-In-The-Sky Bake-Off Contest!

It was a successful day at the EatLoCo and One Loudoun 1st Annual Pie-In-The-Sky Bake-Off Contest!  Saturday, September 30th was a day filled with pies! The contest had 15 delicious home-baked pies including: 

ABC Pie (Apples-Bourbon-Cider)
Key Lime Pie
All American Pie
Aunt Laura’s Pecan Pie version 2.0
Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Double Crust French Apple Pie
Grandma Allie’s Apple Pie
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie
Apple of My Pie
Peach-Plum pie
Großmutters Plum Streussel Pie
Blackberry Streusel Pie

Hundreds of tasters came out to One Loudoun to watch the event and taste the pies! The 3 (very happy and full)  judges were Gary ClemensTony Howard and Gayle King, we were happy to have them apart of the event.

And a Special Congratulations to our 1st place winner: Kimberly Cawi, for her award winning Blackberry Streusel Pie! (pictured above). A big thank you to all that participated! EatLoCo, alongside co-sponsor One Loudoun, is excited and looking forward to next year’s 2nd annual bake-off.

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New Portal Launched to Promote Local, Healthy Eating

The Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative has teamed up with a local marketing company to better promote local producers and healthy eating.

The EatLoCo.org website is the latest effort to promote the wide variety of fruits, vegetables and meats provided by local farmers and offered at area farmers’ markets. It’s the brainchild of Dan Hine, owner of Crimson Fly Digital Marketing.

“This area is home to an incredible variety of food choices and market-fresh goods,” Hine said. “With EatLoCo as a resource to guide you and a farm-to-table mindset, a healthy Loudoun lifestyle becomes much more attainable.”

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Pictured: Dan Hine and Meg Lewis of EatLoCo.org

“We have built a way for people to find the farms and to help raise awareness so eventually all of Loudoun uses the farmers markets and the farms directly.” 

When Dan Hine found himself interested in the healthy eating and lifestyle movement, he realized there was not one central location online to find information about Loudoun’s farms and their products.

So, as owner of the digital marketing firm Crimson Fly, he decided to create one himself — and EatLoCo.org was born. Over the past few months, the site’s followers have grown exponentially, and recently EatLoCo partnered with Linna Walz, outreach coordinator for Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative, the group that organizes the majority of Loudoun”s farmers markets.

“Our five-market cooperative has been struggling with achieving public awareness on a limited budget,” said Walz. “Our new partnership with EatLoCo is helping us achieve meaningful connections between Loudoun residents and our farms and farmers markets that we otherwise couldn’t have gotten. Dan an dhis team have already developed some incredible tools to help site visitors locate us easier and to find specific homegrown, homemade or farm raised products from any of our local markets. We couldn’t be happier with our new partnership and the growth it will bring to all of our farmers markets.” Walz added.

Read the full article on The Loudoun Times-Mirror here.

(Pictured: EatLoCo CEO, Dan Hine and Linna Walz, LVHMC )

EatLoCo Connects Farmers With Loudoun Families

EatLoCo.Org Launches As The Definitive Resource Guide To Living A Healthy Lifestyle In Loudoun. A new online resource has launched for Loudoun County residents and visitors: EatLoCo.org. The site’s guiding mantra, “Live LoCo, Support LoCo, and most importantly EAT LoCo” directs shoppers to sources for local food products and the restaurants that use them, and gathers articles and tips that promote a healthy lifestyle from across the web.

EatLoCo.org was created by Dan Hine, owner of Crimson Fly Digital Marketing, and is part of a collaborative partnership with the Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative (LVHMC), who manages the majority of the farmers markets in Loudoun County.

Read more on the Leesburg Patch.

(Pictured: LVHMC Outreach Coordinator, Linna Walz, EatLoCo Owner, Dan Hine, LVHMC Board President, Warren Howell.)

PARTNERSHIP NOW OFFICIAL!

EatLoCo.org is now an official partner of the Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative (LVHMC), the organization that manages and maintains the majority of the Farmers Markets in Loudoun County, VA.

EatLoCo will play an integral role in the marketing and promoting of the farmers markets in Loudoun County, while encouraging overall healthy choices and lifestyles to our residents.

They celebrated their partnership and announced it to Loudoun County during National Farmers week.

We’re excited to be promoting and help support our local farmers markets!

Pictured: Mayor of Leesburg Kelly Burk, Dan Hine from EatLoco and Tina Kitto from Kean Enterprises

Leesburg Mayor helps Celebrate New EatLoco Partnership

Cutting the celebratory ribbon and cake in celebration of our new partnership and the presentation of the Best of Loudoun award.

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