Applecrest Farm-to-Table

The newest Applecrest farm stand opened on May 15 and mister gardener was one of the first shoppers. As my resident chef, mister gardener stops by on a regular basis, most recently for tender asparagus in season, but this time I accompanied him to sample the farm-to-table wares at their brand new bistro.

Applecrest FarmThe new building is vast and impressive…. the farm market, the huge bakery (Ummm…pies, cookies, cider donuts!), local meats, cheeses, jam, jellies, libations and more take over most of the 12,000-square foot barn structure.

Click to view a panorama taken from the entry and you might find mister gardener.

IMG_6086We couldn’t bypass the sweet, tender asparagus grown at Applecrest…. displayed front and center. We filled bags for several meals and an appetizer for an upcoming event and had a walk-about to see what other organic goodies we could find. We needed a grocery cart for this! The area is large and the fruits and vegetables were fresh and tempting, displayed in appealing rustic bins made with reclaimed barn wood in keeping with the building’s design.

It was early in the day. We could order a tantalizing late breakfast at the bistro or enjoy an early lunch. We chose lunch and while they prepared our meal, we toured the attractive dining area. Inside and outdoors on the stone terrace, tables were adorned with fresh flowers and to take off the chill on a cool morning, a fire blazed in the stone fireplace.

We decided to dine outdoors overlooking the old orchards that are in full bloom.

The terrace at ApplecrestI chose a light lunch and my fresh beet salad was quite tasty and the presentation was lovely. mister gardener chose the crispy fried pollock with green tomato tartar, fermented cabbage and Maine potato fries… that I sampled and declared thumbs up. There was a smile on every face at Applecrest and the service was wonderful.  Yes…. we will be back.

beet salad

You CAN go home again…

I made the decision to temporary abandon the sluggish spring of New England and head south to Virginia to attend a sweet niece’s wedding. The wedding was the reason for the trip but of course we found more than enough reason to stay awhile. We needed to recharge batteries, check out the Commonwealth’s peak of spring color, and reconnect with all but one of my  6 siblings.

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Out of town siblings stayed at the home of my brother and his wife where their well-maintained landscape is the very essence of Virginia. I just missed the tulip and daffodil season but the azaleas, exploding with color, shared space with boxwood, double file viburnum, red tip photinia, golden rain tree, dogwood trees that hung on to their blossoms just for me. Walking along pathways revealed tall fiddlehead ferns, delicate Solomon’s seal blooms, vines, graceful plumes of a fringe tree, and oh so many more treasures.

It is always fun to relax among family members who share your memories, know how to enjoy a good meal and a good conversation and lots of laughter. (I always feel sorry for the spouses on these vacations.) We played Musical Houses and dined with 3 siblings for breakfast, lunch, and dinners, and, of course, at a lovely rehearsal dinner.

WSA10We drove from Richmond to Surry County, Virginia for our niece’s amazing wedding on the lawn of her parent’s first home, an 19th century home that they restored many years ago… now owned by friends who have added an additional home on the property. What a happy occasion! What a wedding! What a day!

Now back home in New Hampshire where in my yard tulips are in bloom and the crab apple is ready to burst into color…. and back for summer work at Rolling Green Nursery where I get paid to play among the perennials! Joy. Joy.