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Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
Archwood Green Barns Market is place to be on Sundays
What glorious weather we have enjoyed lately – almost feels like fall is here already, especially since local students will be back to school in less than two weeks.

Soak up the last few weeks of summer break with a walk at the Northern Fauquier Park, or try your hand at fishing in its stocked pond.

Clearly, the Archwood Green Barns Market is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.

When I visited recently, the market was bustling with shoppers enjoying the cool weather.

This local farmers' market is overflowing with such a wide variety of offerings for everyone in the family, and those of all food persuasions.

Meat-eaters will be tantalized by the aroma of Magic Mike’s barbecue, and beef ribs roasting on an outdoor grill, while those who prefer fruits and vegetables can get their fill at Hess’s produce stand, which even offers samples of peaches, tomatoes, summer apples, and more.

Sorry IGA and Food Lion, but the Green Barns sure beats supermarket shopping. Where else can you sample your fruits and veggies before buying? You can also grab lunch while you are shopping from the wood-fired pizza tent, followed by Sweet Peace Pops for dessert.

Be sure to visit the Green Barns market soon while summer’s bounty is readily available.

It is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also find the Green Barns on Facebook (Archwood Green Barns), and like its page to get updates and information.

Happy birthday on Aug. 10 to Lewis Yarborough.


Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013
Grace Church has free lunch Saturday
The Plains Community League will host the monthly community lunch at Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main St., on Saturday, July 27, in the church's parish hall.

Come and enjoy some great food, with the menu featuring grilled and fried chicken, biscuits, several different kinds of salads, and various desserts.

The free lunch, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is for all ages. For more information, contact Susan Smith at (703) 753-4947 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Plains Community League hosts this lunch once a year, along with other local events, including a holiday party, spring Easter celebration, and free tutoring. For more information about the Community League, visit its Facebook page.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert Banner, president of the Great Meadow Foundation, recently, and he confirmed what we predicted was a crowd of between 25,000 and 30,000 at the July 4th event.

It was a wonderful celebration, and we were lucky that the wise gentlemen in our party decided to leave just a little early so we avoided the mass exodus from the parking lot. Robert assures me that they are working on improving the exit situation for next year.

Great Meadow continues to be a great venue to enjoy a few more summer events. They have their final Twilight Jumper event on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. For $30 per carload, you and your family or group of friends can enjoy a night watching the ponies jump while relaxing under the stars.

In addition, Great Meadow’s Twilight Polo continues every Saturday night through Sept. 7. These matches also begin at 7 p.m., are just $30 per carload, and will provide a perfect night of family fun.

For more information, visit http://www.greatmeadow.org.
Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013
Archwood Green Barn Market is open
Just in time to beat the summer heat, everyone is invited to attend an ice cream social and gospel music program at Long Branch Baptist Church on Saturday, July 27, at 6 p.m., featuring music by Joyful Noise.

The church is located on Long Branch Lane, which is off Halfway Road. For more information, visit http://www.longbranchbaptist.net.

John Carter Morgan of The Plains graduated from Radford University at the end of the spring semester.
Morgan, the son of Lisa A. Turner, earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

The Archwood Green Barns Market is in full swing now, with new crops coming in weekly. Something to cool off the entire family during the dog days of July are homemade fruit popsicles from Sweet Peace Pops.

Made from fruits from local vendors, this is a treat that tastes good, and is good for you, too.

Visit the Market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also find it on Facebook (Archwood Green Barns), and like their page to get updates and information.

Happy birthday to Amanda Sutphin on July 17.

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