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Baugher’s Orchard and Restaurant: Day Trippin’

September 5, 2011

Smell that?

That’s country air.

Yep, as much as I love Washington, sometimes I need to get out of the city. Thankfully, my friends are always down for a day trip and Allie‘s hometown of Westminster, Md., is a favorite summer day trip. We went there last year, too.

Besides the fresh air and wide open spaces, Westminster is worth visiting for Baugher’s orchard and restaurant.

Eat a little fruit, pick a little produce, go home with bags of farm fresh goodies.

First up: Baugher’s restaurant, where us city kids got a little over-excited over unfamiliar menu items, homestyle favorites and rock-bottom prices. (And, confession, we referred to this trip mostly as “Let’s go to Baugher’s!” rather than “Let’s go to Westminster!” It’s that awesome.)

Among the many foods I stuffed my face with — we all shared, tapas-style — were corn and apple fritters, candied sweet potatoes, cornbread and grilled cheese. Since Baugher’s is known for its ice cream, I also couldn’t leave without trying a scoop of their seasonal pumpkin ice cream — amazing. (Allie’s mom has an incredible recipe for homemade ice cream without using an ice cream machine so I’m dying to try that ASAP.)

After lunch, we shook ourselves out of a food coma and headed over to the orchard in hopes of picking peaches.

A morning rainstorm meant the peach orchard was off-limits, but we were able to wander through the apple trees and start planning a fall trip for apple picking. It’s been a tradition among my group of friends since college!

Since CSA guarantees I always have more than enough fresh produce, one section of Baugher’s market immediately caught my eye.

Mmm… so many delicious jars of jams, jellies, sauces and honeys.

Fun fact I learned: You should eat honey that comes within 5 miles of your house, as it acts as a natural allergy-fighter because the honey is made with nearby pollen.

Can you guess what jarred good I made a beeline for?

It’s pumpkin butter season! I’ve already been smearing it on toast and New Morning graham crackers and mixing it into yogurt. Apple butter also found its way into my bag…

After shopping…

It was time to play! Nevermind that the playground had signs announcing an 80-lb. weight limit on the play equipment — nothing broke (although I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get out of this caboose once I’d wiggled into it!).

5 years old or 25 years old? I blame the fritters! 😉

I love living in the city and can’t imagine spending all of my time ‘in the middle of nowhere,’ but going out to Westminster makes me crave small town life. At least it’s close enough to escape to for the day, eat delicious food and witness gorgeous sunsets.

City or country: where do you live? Where would you rather live?

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