I was plagued with a dilemma on Wednesday morning.
Do I stay home tomorrow since I have a lot of grocery shopping to do? Or do I go to Woodstock and visit Momma?
Well, I decided to do what any wise daughter does when she’s perplexed. I called Momma.
“Momma? I want to come visit you tomorrow. But I really need to do some grocery shopping. Do you have something down there, like a farmer’s market or something, where I can get some local produce? I really need produce… and fresh bread.”
She confirmed that I could certainly do my shopping in Woodstock and mentioned a place called Mowery Orchard.
I didn’t know if I’d be picking produce off of the trees myself or what. …Really had no idea what to expect. But I trusted her and let my mom navigate me to said orchard.
Boy, Momma really hit the nail on the head! First of all, there are tons of gorgeous and interesting herbs and flowers outside. (I’ve never seen purple basil before!) They were quite reasonably priced, so I’m filing that away in the back of my mind.
Inside this little roadside establishment was a quaint and lovely display of mostly local produce, dairy (non-homogenized milk, eggs, etc.), meat (chicken, pork, beef), jams, butters (apple butter, cherry butter, etc.), preserves, honey, snacks, coffee and desserts (fresh muffins, fresh pies, etc.).
I was in whole food heaven.
As if I didn’t have reason enough to visit Momma… holy moly! It sure is nice to find a place that keeps things simple: a red pepper is priced the same as a green pepper. A red potato, the same as a white potato. Gotta love that.
I’ll have to fill you in on the fresh bread discovery later. Suffice it to say, this girl’s grocery shopping is looking very different these days! I could not be happier with the gorgeous, colorful display on my kitchen counter right now.