Hi bento pals! This weekend we visited a pick-your-own farm in Delaplane, VA: Hollin Farms, with a hilly orchard of peach trees, neat rows of scarlet and green tomatoes, peppers and other summer delights on acres of well-tended land...
Peaches seemed to glow on the trees...we came home with an abundant selection of several varieties.
Okra plants have beautiful ivory flowers, a fun discovery!
Golden zucchini blossoms
Sweet summer still life
A magical aisle of sunflower and zinnia hummed with color...and butterflies!
A pretty violet eggplant flower
After picking our peaches and tomatoes, we were hungry and a bit tired...Frost Diner in Warrenton came to the rescue with a restorative lunch!
Fried chicken, coleslaw, grits and gravy:
Lovely old fashioned pickled beets and buttery lima beans, yum!
Before driving home, a stop at the Red Truck Bakery Cafe, also in Warrenton. A cheerful, relaxing cafe space and wonderful baked items make this a local gem...
This cinnamon apple oatmeal muffin was delish.
Tangy sweet lemon squares (also in Monday's bento!)
A lush peach pie
Apple cake with maple glaze...a foretaste of fall!
Ripe farm tomatoes in our kitchen
Monday's bento brings the sunny out of doors to the office with a farm tomato stuffed with basil chicken sausage, toasted bread, fresh basil leaves, garlic and chopped tomato and topped with a goat cheese-mint flower heart.
Also for lunch: a golden slice of yellow pepper, more basil, farm blackberries and white peach plus a sweet slice of lemon square from the Red Truck Bakery. Have a wonderful week and happy cooking!