I Love Farmers’ Markets

Rain couldn’t keep me away from the famers’ market today. It didn’t daunt a lot of other people, either, and there was a nice assembly of people patronizing the White House farmers’ market after work.

Rainy Afternoon at the White House Farmers’ Market

Number one on my shopping list was more patty pan squash. Alas, there was none to be had. The farmer who sold me last week’s delicious squash said that the drought caused them to lose some of the patty pan squash they planted earlier in the year, and that it would be a few weeks until they had more. Sadness!

Patty pan squash wasn’t the only thing on my list, though, and I wandered over to the Spring Valley Farm stand to pick up some peaches and honey crisp apples. Delicious!

Sorting through the Peaches at Spring Valley Farm

Spring Valley Farm is located in Romney, West Virginia. Lots of D.C. Randonneurs know this community because of the rides and brevets that take us out that way. Orchards = hilly country, and Romney is no exception.

And check out these great organic cherry tomatoes I picked up on a quick swing by the Penn Quarter market.

Cherry Tomatoes. Ripe. Sweet. Perfect.

Not everything was fruit and vegetables on this visit, though. I picked up a couple of cookies from Praline Bakery‘s stand.

Almond Cookie, Pumpkin Cookie (Sorry, I couldn’t wait and took a bite!)

This bakery has locations in Annapolis and Bethesda, Maryland, and the almond cookie is not to be missed! I learned the cookie’s secret is that it has no flour and lots of butter. Oh, and vanilla extract. Result? Awesomeness!

It may have been raining, but there was sunshine in my heart from all the great produce and sweets! AND since I brought my Surly and a pannier, I was able to stock up more than if I had been on foot.

Have Pannier. Will Stock Up.

Are you excited about the weekend? I am! Felkerino and I are volunteering at the D.C. Randonneurs 200K. If you’re riding, we’ll see you there. Everybody else, have a great weekend.

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