Lately when I have called Mom her phone beeps with a low battery halfway through our usual 20-minute conversations. She tried to get the back off the phone to see what kind of battery she needs but with limited strength in her hands, wasn't able to do it. Zip and I decided that after his music lesson yesterday we would take her to get the new battery. He was to drop us off at the Pennsylvania Dutch Market in Hagerstown while he had his lesson.
The lesson was cancelled at the last moment, but the plans went on anyhow. I must add here that family outings are not without stress. Mom is a perfectionist and is always right. Always! She likes to make moral judgments about people based on their physical appearance and many times voices them out loud within hearing of the offending person. This makes me cringe!!! She and Zip get along fine, so I usually let them walk along ahead and talk and I slink behind them trying to be quiet, hoping for invisibility. So that was the scenario yesterday.
This is a nice market! Clean, neatly organized and well run with quality products. (thankfully it was CLEAN, or remarks would have been made!) It isn't huge, but is as nice as many of the larger markets found in Lancaster County, the heart of our Amish country.
We'll start in the dry goods and grocery section and work up to the really yummy stuff last.
A nice selection of specialty flours and pasta.
Pickles and jellies of every description.
Zip checking out the ingredient labels. Yes, he looks like he ran into an Indian scalping party. He went to the salon to get a 'trim' and returned home with inch-short hair! Not his best look!
Mom checking out the chocolates. She kindly bought me a box of dark chocolate raspberry jellies for bringing her along on the market excursion. Sugar Free! This was a hint!!! (see what I mean???)
They are excellent and you can't tell they are made with no sugar. I bought myself a small box of dark chocolate with mango puree. Also yummy! But how did I miss that espresso truffle???
There is a very impressive meat counter. I wanted to get a picture of the wonderful selection of sausages, but there was a crowd in front of that area of the case.
The steaks were a thing of beauty! We had to try two small filets.
A lovely selection of cheeses. When we talked to the young man in charge of the cheese counter, we found that he lives only a few miles from us near Newburg! I forgot to ask if they sell from their home.
My favorite part is the bakery.
Even if I don't buy, I love to look!
They are mixing up dough and making these treats right there on the spot so you know they are fresh.
There are several lunch stands, a section of Amish-built furniture, handcrafts and seasonal decorations.
Just as we were leaving we ran into Jill, my rughooking friend from Grant Street, her husband and son. Jill was the kind person who offered us Penny for adoption. That gives her a special place in my heart!
It was nice to get a chance to chat with her for a while.
We all had a great time at the market. I went home physically and emotionally exhausted! All I could manage in the evening was some knitting.
I've been working on a lace knit beret in a silk bamboo yarn that is sooo soft and nice. I can't show a picture because I got up this morning and ripped it all out and am going to start over adding more stitches after the ribbing. I want it to be a bit more pouffy.
The rughooking meeting of the Cumberland Valley hookers is coming up on Monday. I guess it's time to start another project.