Cider Run

AAAHHhH… A nice Sunday, perfect weather. We enjoy fresh apple cider, so into the car we go for a short jaunt to Sunset Orchids in northern Rhode Island. Of course a variety of apples and fruit is available and the scent of home baked goods, jams, jellies etc permeate the cozy setting. We like Sunset Orchids, it’s store is reminiscent of a outdoor fruit stand even though it’s indoors. Coolers to the right house the unprocessed fresh cider and circular pole mounted shelves display apple butters, jams and maple syrup. A Sunday drive makes the trip enjoyable as my lead foot daughter deftly commands the old Toyota through the winding back roads to and from the freeway. Mission accomplished ,cider and goodies in hand. The sweet tooth nabs a coffee bun and a loaf of home baked bread. The bread doesn’t survive the ride home without tore off pieces sampled by the passengers and an apple consumed. I never saw the coffee bun ! An apple connoisseur’s delight Sunset has many varieties available even this early in the season. We plan on returning on a cool crisp fall day for apple picking.

On the way back fresh corn is ordered from any roadside farm stand. We quickly pull to stop at Confreda’s Farm located on the route back home. Not exactly your roadside stand, but a bustling farmers market grocery store and garden centre. Parking lot attendants hand out flyers outlining the many activities and coupons as you enter the lot. We pass up the huge garden centre and enter the farmers market, a modern style grocery store that offers fresh corn, 3 varieties prominently displayed, butter and sugar , silver white, and a extra sweet variety. I opt for the butter and sugar. It’s sold by the ear and by dozen pricing. The farmers market also houses a bakery and deli. The women quickly size up the sweet offerings presented behind glass display cases. For me it’s home grown veggies and a couple of garlic bulbs as I’m besieged with recipes ideas from the intoxicating variety before me. We return and we toast with a glass of cider.

The booty, from Sunset : 10 ounces strawberry rhubarb fruit spread, 1/4 peck macs, gallon cider,1/4 peck plums, (bread not shown). Confreda’s eggplant, garlic , peppers, corn, cucumbers, red potatoes, leeks.

Sunset Orchids



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