Henrico County VA

4-H sale of apples, peanuts, honey, cookbooks underway

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension has launched its fall sale of apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks with proceeds to benefit the 4-H Youth Development program.

The annual sale features Virginia-grown produce and, for the first time, four different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes. The items and their prices are:

• Winesap and York apples, $18.50 per half bushel, which equates to about 88 cents per pound;

• Raw peanuts, with recipes, $9 per two-pound sack;

• Salted and unsalted deluxe cocktail peanuts, $12 per two-pound sack;

• Honey, $7 per one-pound jar; and

• Cookbooks, $6.50 apiece. The titles are “5 Ingredients or Less,” “Kids in the Kitchen,” “Busy Mom’s Cookbook” and “Better Health.” Each spiral-bound cookbook measures 5.5 by 4.25 inches, with a soft cover and 150 pages.

Order forms are available at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension; the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive; any Henrico library; and by calling 501-5160 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Because supplies are limited, orders received after Friday, Oct. 26 will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the loading dock of the Human Services Building. For details, call 501-5160.
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