leesburg: a farm market, fabbioli cellars and temple hall farm park

Saturday, August 10:  When I leave Old Luckett’s Store, I head down the road and make a stop at Heider’s Country Store & Farm Market, where I buy some nice plump peaches, some fat juicy tomatoes, some fresh bi-color corn on the cob, and, since those apple pies look so good, I buy one of those too.

Heider's Country Store & Farm Market
Heider’s Country Store & Farm Market
peaches
peaches
baskets of peaches
baskets of peaches
red tomatoes
red tomatoes
yellow tomatoes
yellow tomatoes
corn
corn
plants
plants

I love the way the sky looks today.

at Heider's Country Store & Farm Market
at Heider’s Country Store & Farm Market

I decide to make a stop at one of the wineries along the way, so I drive down Limestone School Road to Fabbioli Cellars.  People are sitting outside at tables drinking wine in happy camaraderie.  I wander into the building and a lady, picture blonde California chic, accosts me and in a fake-friendly manner asks if she can help me.  I say, no thanks, I just came in to check out the winery.  She says, “Well, we have a tasting of 6 wines and 6 bites for $15.  Miss so-and-so here can help you when you’re ready.”

I’m thinking that I just ate that sautéed kale sandwich at Luckett’s and I’m not really hungry so I don’t think I want to pay $15 since it includes 6 bites.  I don’t want any bites, I just want a few sips of wine.  So I say, I think I’ll just wander around and look at what you’ve got.

As I’m looking at the wine bottles, the cheapest of which is a raspberry Merlot for $22, a little steep for my wallet, the Cali-chic lady comes over to me and in an overenthusiastic voice says, “I just LOVE solitary travelers!”

Traveler?  Am I a traveler?  After all, I’ve probably been a Virginian longer than she’s been alive and I don’t think you’d call me, on this little day outing, a “traveler.”  And anyway, why should she point out so loudly and obnoxiously that I’m solitary?  Why single me out as someone who’s alone?  I don’t get it.  I’m immediately taken aback and say, “I travel alone a lot.  I just spent a month in Spain and Portugal traveling by myself.”  Now that’s “traveling,” not this little day outing to Leesburg, Virginia, only about 40 miles from my house.

Now I’m quite proud of myself that I’m able to travel alone, and I don’t find it weird at all because I’ve done it so much.  Actually, I often prefer traveling alone. But so many people in the world feel sorry for a person traveling alone. They assume a solitary traveler has no friends or family or anyone at all in their lives.  Or maybe they know there is no way they themselves could ever travel alone and maybe they’re just a little threatened by someone who’s independent enough to do it.  Who knows what it is, but believe me, I get plenty of weird reactions when I’m in my “solitary traveling” mode.

A bit of reverse culture shock?

With that, I decide I’ve had enough of this place.  I head outside, where I’d rather be anyway, and take some pictures of the sky and the wispy clouds and the fields of grapevines.

fields of grapevines at Fabbioli Cellars
fields of grapevines at Fabbioli Cellars
fields outside Fabbioli Cellars
fields outside Fabbioli Cellars
at Fabbioli Cellars
at Fabbioli Cellars

I drive back down Limestone School Road and pull off at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, where I take some pictures of the sky again with the cornfields in the foreground, because I don’t want to miss the 4:50 showing of The Way Way Back at Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax.

Cornfields at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park
Cornfields at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park
Cornfields at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park
Cornfields at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park

So I head back down Limestone School Road and back down Route 15 and the Dulles Greenway and then all the way to Fairfax just in time for the quirky independent movie from the same studio who made Little Miss Sunshine and Juno.  Oh it’s so nice to be back in the U.S. where I can see good movies again. 🙂

Limestone School Road, from whence I came
Limestone School Road, whence I came
Limestone School Road, going forward to Fairfax
Limestone School Road, going forward to Fairfax

the old lucketts store near leesburg

Saturday, August 10: As everyone knows by now, I hate the suburbs.  Having to fight my way through them is one of the biggest challenges I face as I settle back into life in the old U.S. of A.  Because of my continual annoyance with them, you will find me trying to escape these said suburbs as often as I possibly can.  Today, I venture out to Lucketts, near Leesburg, Virginia, 33 miles west-northwest of Washington; sadly it is becoming a bit of a suburb itself, as the Washington metropolitan area insidiously reaches its greedy fingers into the countryside.

I remember an old store I used to visit that sold a bunch of junk, The Old Lucketts Store.  The store has been around for 17 years this August.  The last time I visited it was about 7-8 years ago, before Mike and I separated and when I was still into decorating my house.

The Old Luckett's Store
The Old Lucketts Store

Before I delve into the store to explore its many treasures, I stop at the Cowbell Kitchen where I order a sandwich with local sautéed kale, mayo and cheddar.

Welcome to the Cowbell Kitchen
Welcome to the Cowbell Kitchen
Cowbell Kitchen
Cowbell Kitchen
local sauteed kale, mayo and cheddar on rye
local sautéed kale, mayo and cheddar on rye

After lunch, I make my way to the front porch.

the front porch of Old Luckett's store
the front porch of Old Lucketts store
Yep!
Yep!

And then I venture inside the house where I’m so excited to find so many treasures, I can hardly breathe. 🙂

I’m surprised to find the store has now metamorphosed into what decorators term “vintage hip,” what I’ve always called “shabby-chic.”  I wish I had taken photos years ago so you could see how the store has transformed itself.  It used to be that I could walk through the store and find maybe one or two items, for very cheap, that I might use in my house.  Now, I am tempted to buy everything, if only I didn’t already have a house full of “stuff.”  Sadly, I couldn’t fit one more thing into my house.  Which is a good thing financially.  Because now that the store has become trendy, its prices have gone up.

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So, instead of buying any of the enticing things in this store, I just go on a picture-taking excursion, which is just as much fun as buying.

And when I venture outdoors, I find even more enticing things, set up in these little spaces that look like children’s playhouses.

The Old Luckett’s store has its own blog: The Old Lucketts Store.  Now you can even buy things online!  They really are getting with the modern age. 🙂

"Paris Market"
“Paris Market”
a little playhouse display
a little playhouse display

Across the street, I see there’s another shop, Really Great Finds, that sells yard ornaments.  I cross the dangerous Route 15 and then wander around that place for a bit.

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I love these kinds of places, off the beaten track, with their colorful arrays of “stuff” arranged neatly into little still life portraits. 🙂