August 6th, 2012
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Elmer’s Fresh Veggies

Sadly, my vacation has come to an end and as I drive home I’m thinking about and running through my head all the fun and relaxing  things that I had a chance to do: eating delicious steamed crabs at Mickey’s, swimming in the ocean, sleeping in, finishing a powerful book titled Mary’s Mosaics, shopping at the outlets and hanging out with great friends.

But the drive home also has a time-honored ritual that I look forward to:  stopping at a farmer’s stand to buy fresh, fresh, fresh vegetables and fruit.
When I was a child, my parents would always stop at Addams Market which is the first market you see when you cross over the Delaware state line into the State of Maryland.  For years, Addams was the agreed road stop until I got married.  My husband didn’t want to go to Addams, he preferred Elmer’s.  This was a big change for me but one that I was willing to explore because these are not the only two markets on the drive to the beach.  There are scores of other stands, one of which is called Ma and Pa’s.

Any who, the first year my husband and I traveled to the beach, he did compromise (surprise!) and we stopped at Addams but he really didn’t like it so the next year I said it would be okay if we stopped at Elmer’s and now our produce stop on the way home has been Elmer’s ever since.

I must say Elmer’s has the sweetest cantalopes I’ve ever eaten and their corn on the cob and tomatoes are also very good!  They also sell plants and homemade breads and jams.  This year I am taking advantage of the wonderful Eastern Shore crops that have been harvested and waiting for people to grab them, cook and eat!  I think there is something about the soil on the Eastern Shore that adds a special zing to the produce grown there.
I wish I had a garden so that I could eat my own home grown fruits and veggies but my gardening efforts never succeed so I have stopped trying.  I can grow herbs in a pot which I do — rosemary and mint — but I can’t grow a tomato if my life depended on it.  My tomato plants grow tall but then they never bloom.  It’s very sad but that’s why I think farmers are the best!!
Speaking of gardens, here is a YouTube video about the White House garden which I would love to visit if it were open to the public:
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