Shining Moments

Life is filled with gifts and our trip to the Culpeper Farmers Market today reminded me that we just can’t begin to count all our blessings, can we?

Fresh and natural. That’s how it all seemed today.

I’ve always enjoyed a Farmers Market whether it is a local one or one in Lancaster, PA or even one abroad.

Today was no exception.

My girls and I arose early this morning. When we arrived at the Culpeper Farmers Market my heart beat excitedly just gazing at all the colorful flowering plants and homemade breads and rolls. Fresh chickens. Green leafy spinach. Bright red plump tomatoes. Broccoli. Peas. And more. Everything was blooming with health and vitality.

What a feast!

First I counted out my dollars and bought a fresh chicken from Moving Meadows Farms. Their friendly service combined with their delicious whole wheat bread, rolls and more make this an important stop on our trip through the market. Nods and wide smiles accompanied each purchase along with a fresh hot cup of coffee.

Then we stopped at another familiar stand to purchase some delicious spinach, tomatoes and strawberries. Smiles and nods wherever we went.

Intersecting with friends I haven’t seen for years. Bustling activity.

Stand after stand overflowing with everything from exquisitely hand painted pictures, to jewelry and honey. More things to see than I could ever possibly remember.

But what shone the brightest was the spirit of the Culpeper community as we all came together on this Saturday morning in May.

Hearts touching hearts.

Life warming life.

Before my girls and I left today we made one quick stop at Clover Hill Farm. Tall vases of blooming peonies stood calling to me. Bending over to smell the fragrant flowers. I knew it would be a tough decision. All the flowers were exceptionally beautiful.

But I finally decided on a vase with some lovely deep pink peonies.

As we ended our time I glanced back at the bustling market and smiled grateful for the opportunity to have such a memorable time.

Energy. Enthusiasm. Joy.

Neighbors welcoming neighbors.

Souls touching souls.

Shining moments on an ordinary day.

Community at its best.

“Blessed are those with hearts that see the truly beautiful moments in this life.”

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