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Farmers' Markets: What Are People Buying?

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Farmers' Markets: What Are People Buying?

Bob W. | Aug 19, 2002 12:28 PM

Since our recent move to Loudoun Co., we have started visiting the tiny Middleburg Farmers' Market, which is open Saturdays from 9 to 1. Only about six-seven vendors, but the quality so far has been superb.

One highlight has been the wares from the Shenville Creamery, located down in New Market, run by Mennonite folks.

They sell yogurts, Amish butter, cheese spreads, milk in glass bottles ($1.50 deposit the first time you get a bottle), and best of all -- fruit pies! We tried a peach pie, and it's just about gone. For $7.59 we got a pie that weighed 3 pounds, 4 5/8 ounces. (For comparison purposes, the pies at BJ's cost just a bit less and weigh just a bit more, and where would you rather get a pie?) The first ingredient listed is fruit, which is all you need to know. They also have apple, cherry, raspberry, blackberry, rhubarb, sour cherry, and apricot, to name the ones we have seen so far. Plus, their guy is a real trip.

Another vendor from nearby W. Va. has had some fantastic melons, plus a real find, butter beans.

Corn from two different vendors has also been really good.

Anyone else care to comment on local farmers' markets?

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