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Shining Moments

It’s exciting to awaken early on a Saturday morning to go to the local Farmer’s Market.

I find that it’s more than a market.

    It’s a meeting of community. A coming together.

People who share their goods

    From homemade breads and cinnamon buns

       To jams and jellies

         Spreads and dips

    Colorful vegetables

Hot pink and orange hanging planters

Clear glass vases with pale pink peonies and purple flowers

       And so much more.

 

Today I discovered some new delicacies that I could hardly wait to share with you.

Along with freshly brewed coffee and their famous cinnamon buns

       at Moving Meadows Farm

   I found some delicious honey whole wheat bread.

It tastes superb with the Blueberry-Lime Jam I bought from Whole Heart Farm.

Artisan breads and various jams and syrups create their attractive display.

So glad I stopped by there this morning.

But the greatest surprise was in seeing one of my kids at GreenHearts Farm.

Julie Brooks along with her sister Jennifer Brooks-Lane laughed as we reminisced about days when I was Julie’s first grade teacher.

Always my children no matter how old they get.

So full of life today.

They showed me their healthy products which interested me

     having recently chosen a vegan diet.

It was hard to know what to choose as I looked over their products

  But finally I decided on some Samosas.

They look yummy and are made with potatoes, onion, tortilla, and sweet peas

      with ginger, cinnamon, chipotle chili pepper and more.

We will enjoy them for dinner tonight.

 

Plump red strawberries and tasty tomatoes from C & T Produce

      rounded out our Farmers Market experience today.

God’s great world continues to give us so much to enjoy.

Blessed beyond measure.

Friend meeting friend. Neighbors chatting.

Don’t you feel the same?

Have a great weekend

   and if you couldn’t go today

        go to the Farmers Market next Saturday.

Shining Moments

To market, to market to buy a loaf of apricot pecan whole wheat bread.

Moving Meadows Farm is the place to go on Saturday morning in Culpeper,VA.

Along with other popular vendors their stand keeps beckoning to me.

Today Jenny and I pondered all the tasty selections

    finally settling on the apricot pecan bread.

        I must say, it is the most delectable bread. I had it with coffee

              Jenny had it with a cup of cold milk.

                    Try it. You’ll see.

After getting some fresh chicken breasts we strolled by the other stands.

Colors galore.

Laughter. Relationships. Community spirit.

In the distance I heard the strains of a violin playing

   adding a special mood to this Saturday morning market.

Everything was clean and attractively displayed.

Blooming flowers abounded calling my name.

After a few minutes I chose a lovely red double impatiens hanging planter.

It looks perfect in front of our home.

Thank you Piedmont Growers. Your flowers are always beautiful.

Stroll around some more.

Nod and greet

Exchange a few words

A purchase here, a purchase there

     And then I looked over at Jenny.

Well, anything else?

Her mischievous brown eyes twinkle as if begging me to guess her thoughts.

Cinnamon rolls??

She nodded her head with excitement and we scampered back to the stand.

Just two please, I say and the nice young man moves to get them for me.

This atmosphere energizes me.

Before we leave we looked around to see who was playing the violin.

Oh yes, we found him and such a nice job he did this morning.

Windy Acres also offered a place to sign up for art lessons.

Showers of God’s many gifts.

Food for the body

    And food for the soul.

Home again, home again jiggity-jog.

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.”