I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Saturday at the Farmers' Market

As is our wont, Saturday morning we headed out bright and early for the Farmers' Market. We typically bring the stroller and Lil spends her time hopping in and out. I had a brainstorm and we brought the wagon instead. Lily enjoyed it far more than the stroller and it worked well for hauling our finds.

The first thing I wanted to check out was the music. This past week, they had a man playing the hammer dulcimer and it was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed his music and was ready to begin searching for decent produce.

It is still early days yet and I figured there wouldn't be much to be had in the way of fresh produce. I was right. :oP One of my favorite booths, Blenheim, was there. I purchased some garlic chives, parsley, and salad mix from them.

I moved on to Amy's Organics and purchased the last bunch of swiss chard. I then found my way to Double A farms' booth and got the last of the bacon they were selling (they have WONDERFUL bacon, and Linda and Ronnie are so delightful. They recognize me every week and we have the most lovely chats. They really remind me of the friendly folks back home.).

While I was off making those purchases, Lissie was being an absolute doll and waited in line for fresh strawberries. The line was VERY long--a twenty minute wait I believe--and by the time we got to the front (thank you, Lissie!!) most of the TRUCKLOAD of strawberries were sold! I had mom purchase two quarts, thinking they would last for a couple of days. That wasn't counting on this:

Lily porked down at least a pint of berries while we finished our shopping! She kept reaching in the bag and eating more and more!!

I confess, they weren't as amazing as I had hoped. Sure, they were dead-ripe and juicy, but they lacked the sweetness punch I was expecting. Lil, however, had NO complaints. ;o)

I finished the trip with a stop at Bill Forest's seafood booth and purchased some lump crab meat. Dinner last night was homemade crabcakes (thank you, Lissie!), swiss chard sautee'd with bacon, shallot and garlic chives and dressed with some cider vinegar and sugar. Oh, it was divine. :o)

The Farmers' Market runs along DOG (Duke of Gloucester) Street in Colonial Williamsburg, and it is just beautiful. These winsome pansies caught my fancy.

Lily and Lissie lead the way home. It was a lovely day at the Market and I look forward to next Saturday to see what this week's fine weather brings. :o)



Sandy said...

Lily is just adorable eating those strawberries. I am so envious of your wonderful Farmers market. I wish we had one near here. I so enjoy reading about your Saturdays there.

Kristi Ann said...

I just LOVE farmers markets....they remind me of Han and reading your posts after you would go. So sweet!~

I love the picture of Lil and her strawberries.....she looks so yummy! LOL I am looking forward to your "dog" post on the outfits they wear! :) So is Bug!

Hope you are well!~

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