Local Spotlight – Noshy

From the desk of: Amanda

Continuing on my quest to introduce to you some of the awesome vendors of the Leesburg Farmer’s Market, next up, I’d like you to meet Julie from Noshy.

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Like Alicia, who I wrote about in my previous post, Julie is just getting going with her business. She proudly informed me that she is now in week 16 of Noshy. And considering that when I went to take photos of her booth last week, she was completely SOLD OUT, I’d say she’s off to a rocking start!

She makes cookies. And who doesn’t like cookies?

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Noshy got its start when Julie left her previous career in search of something new and different. She spent some time in what she called her “pre-retirement” before her friends and family encouraged her to start making money doing what she loved the most … baking.

Aug 20 Market-9Her amazing Gingerbread Butterscotch cookie is the one that started it all (and currently MY personal fave, you can read my review of it on our Facebook page) when her fiancé insisted that she could make a killing selling them. It’s currently her best seller, though several of her other flavors are developing quite a following. There is a gentleman who makes a point to visit her every Wednesday evening for a couple bags of her Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies. I’ve had them, and I definitely can’t blame him. They ARE pretty awesome!

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One of the reasons Julie loves Noshy so much is because she likes knowing where her ingredients come from. She keeps it all local buy visiting various farmer’s markets in the area to pick up her supplies for the week. But her favorite part is seeing her customer’s reaction to her cookies. The look that comes across their face as they take their first bite is something she relishes.

Aug 20 Market-12Want to check out these amazing cookies for yourself? Here’s where you can find Julie:

Wednesdays, from 2:30-6:30 – Leesburg Farmer’s Market

The second half of the week, they’re at the East Meets West Yoga Studio

OR, you can order them online (an AWESOME thing for all of our out of area readers) here.

Other ways to connect with Julie: Get Noshy Facebook, TwitterInstagram

Stay tuned for more post about some of the other great vendor’s I’ve met. And remember … SPP is very proud to offer a 10% discount on any of our services to those who support any of the Loudoun Farmer’s Markets.

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Local Spotlight: Leesburg Farmer’s Market

From the desk of: Amanda

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It’s National Farmer’s Market week, so I thought I give a quick shout out to our local Farmer’s Market. Here at SPP, we have always been huge supporters of small businesses. Whenever possible, we try to shop local for several reasons. One, perhaps the most important, is that we know these people are going to turn around and do the same, and it keeps our local economy strong. Other reasons include the fact that we are directly supporting someone’s livelihood (and not some big-box store’s bottom line), knowing the origin of the food, and the fresh factor. Another big one … it’s FUN.

Leesburg, Farmer's MarketHow many of you dread the grocery store? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Most of us do. We hate the crowds, the lines, not being able to find what we need … it’s usually an experience I put off as long as humanly possible. But at the Farmer’s Market, everything is so much different. Yeah, there are crowds, but they don’t feel as oppressive. Everyone is smiling and genuinely happy to be there, vendors included.

There are a ton of options for Farmer’s Markets here in Loudoun County. Check out their website to see the closest market to you. I had the pleasure of experiencing Leesburg’s Wednesday Farmer’s Market this week. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you make the trip. It’s smaller than the Saturday Market, but that is by no means a bad thing. Less crowds mean the vendors have more time to chat with you, and it’s fun to get to know the people you’re buying from.

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There were cookie samples that were to die for, gorgeous plants (including hanging rosemary that I juuuust might nab for myself next time I’m there, nothing quite like the aroma of fresh herbs growing on your porch!), fresh breads, syrups, jars of salsa, and of course… the fresh fruits and veggies that farmer’s markets are known for. The scent of fresh fruit was utterly intoxicating. It’s currently peach season (one of my favorites!), and there were barrels upon barrels of them, adding up to a nearly overwhelming aroma. It was amazing.

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Some of the amazing peaches (and apples) from Beechwood Orchards!

I plan on heading back to the Market on Saturday to pick up a few things. Supporting the members of our community while scoring myself some tasty treats? Sign me up! I hope to see you out there, too!

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Are you interested in earning a little something back for yourself, as you shop at a Loudoun Farmer’s Market? Sean and I are offering 10% off any of our services to show you how awesome we think supporting the farmer’s market is. All you have to do is show us a receipt from any vendor who takes part in any of the Loudoun markets, and the reward is all yours. Easy, right?

Amanda’s note: I had so much fun at the Market last night, that I’ve decided to expand on this blog post, and create a series of posts that will highlight the vendors who take part in the Leesburg Farmer’s Market. Sign up to receive our blog updates, so that you don’t miss any of these amazing local companies.

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From the desk of: Veronica

In honor of the partners behind Sean Purcell Photography, Sean and Amanda, moving across the country from their respective states to the state of Virginia, I found this article to be very timely.

This TIME article offers a test to see which state fits your personality and some interesting facts about the prevailing personality traits of the majority of the citizens of many states.

Click here to read the article. First, scroll down to where it says “Take the Test.”

Now read your results and the rest of the article.

Some of my favorite facts:

  • The study spanned 13 years and included 1.6 million survey respondents
  • The most ebullient state – Wisconsin
  • Most agreeable state – Utah
  • Least agreeable state – Washington, D.C.
  • Most conscientious state – South Carolina
  • Most neurotic state – West Virginia
  • Alaska and Hawaii were excluded because not enough people would respond to the survey. Heh.

So what were the results? Did you get the state in which you currently live? If you got a different state, is it a place you’d like to live? And what about your state – do you think the perceived traits fit you?

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.