Last week, Abby & I went on the first of surely many journeys to take a peek at some of the farms we’ve got sellin’ at our little old farmers market. We scribbled down some general directions and Abs grabbed one of her famous mixed cds and we buckled ourselves in for what was sure to be an excellent adventure.

Lancaster County

Lancaster County

We were traveling down Route 1 towards Baltimore when we saw a sign for our exit. After a few wrong turns, we were on the open road, surrounded by breathtaking farmland, galloping horses, and the staunch scent of cow poop. You win some, you lose some.

Abby at Country Meadows Farm

Abby at Country Meadows Farm

Country Meadows Farm has been a longtime vendor of ours, and we are so happy that they continue to bring such great products to the Kennett Square Farmers Market. They provide us with beef, chicken, pork, lamb and eggs- you name it! They make sure that their animals get the best care possible – fresh grass, room to graze, and lots of shining sun. Broiling chickens a Cornish cross breed while the laying hens are Rhode Island Red and Black Sexlinks. Country Meadows features Black Angus cattle and Katahdin lamb – delicious! Better yet, all meat is butchered on site. We’re lucky to count the Lapp’s as part of our KSQ Farmers Market Family!

Fresh Eggs at Country Meadows Farm

Fresh Eggs at Country Meadows Farm

Country Meadows Farm in Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Country Meadows Farm in Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Once we were back on the road (and not driving down people’s driveways taking pictures and making fools of ourselves…) we realized that we were on our own – our directions were to Country Meadows Farm and no further! So, we did what any other adventurous twenty-somethings would do. . .kept going blindly, with the faith that our Epic Adventure would lead us in the right direction.

On the road

On the road

Kennett Square Farmers Market on the lam

Kennett Square Farmers Market on the lam

While roaming, we found a corn field that we wanted to play in. So, we did.

Sarahs of the Corn

Sarahs of the Corn

Abby always wanted to be a veggie

Abby always wanted to be a veggie

We crawled back up the hill and headed West once more. Things were still looking mighty unfamiliar to the two of us ladies, and we snapped a shot of an upcoming farm. As we passed, we glanced at the blurring sign and realized it was Shady Grove Greenhouses, one of our flower vendors! They have beautiful hanging baskets and perennials, and all at a very affordable price, to boot. We took a little turn down the driveway and snapped some shots, trying not to be too invasive (although, when you show up to someone’s home/farm and kick up dust in the driveway, it’s pretty invasive to begin with!).

Shady Grove Greenhouse

Shady Grove Greenhouse

Shady Grove, one of the vendors at Kennett Square Farmers Market

Shady Grove, one of the vendors at Kennett Square Farmers Market

Looming farm in the distance

Looming farm in the distance

After stumbling on this gem of a vendor, we declared war on commercial grocery stores and packed up our market bags at various Amish veggie stands along the way home. We took in the scenery, took some photos, and let the car take us where it wanted to go.

Beautiful old garage

Beautiful old garage

Hanging whites

Hanging whites

At a crossroads...

At a crossroads...

Horses!

Horses!

Immediately following, Abby touched the wire

Immediately following, Abby touched the wire

The Promised Land? Okay, we'll bite.

The Promised Land? Okay, we'll bite.

Killer Carrot

Killer Carrot

The Bounty

The Bounty

Everything in here? Ten bucks!

Everything in here? Ten bucks!

Finally, we’ll leave you with a video we made to Andrew Bird’s beautiful tune, Imitosis. We think we’ll make another this week – but only if we get to back to Lancaster County!

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