Fresh from the Farmer’s Market
I just love going to farmer’s markets. Big city, small town, roadside stands—you name it. It’s awesome to wander from table to table, looking at the fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and homemade goods. One of the best parts are the samples—little morsels of heaven that tempt me to pull out my wallet nearly every time. Here are some of my favorite things I’ve picked up at farmer’s markets.
Nelson County, Virginia – In the fall, it’s everything apple. Apple butter, apple fritters, apple pie. All kinds of apples everywhere, and you can even pick your own!
Washington, D.C. – Savory soups and silky soaps. Empanadas and still-warm breads. Blueberries and brownies. Simply yummy.
Crested Butte, Colorado – Ripe cherries. Homemade turkey and beef jerky—you may never want the mass-produced kind again!
It was sweet torture when I happened upon the Lucerne farmer’s market on my trip to Switzerland a couple years ago while researching my sexy new romantic suspense novel, A Shot of Red. I might well have gone broke if I’d hadn’t been in a foreign country, unable to transport fresh food or plants back to the United States.
Imagine strolling in historic Lucerne. Set at the edge of the snowy Alps, countless swans swim in the lake at the center of the city. Covered footbridges festooned with flower boxes span the lake that’s bordered by a tree-lined promenade where the farmer’s market is set up. Centuries-old buildings are painted with murals, colorful shutters hung at their windows. Clocks housed in Rapunzelesque towers chime every hour, but the oldest clock in the city does the honors. It’s allowed to chime a minute before all the others.
On a sunny spring day in May, I made my way along the promenade, checking out each vendor’s offerings. Fresh fruits, herbs and greens. Vegetables, colorful pasta, and a cornucopia of olives. I literally swooned over the sweet flower arrangements, longing to take them home. I left a little sad, feeling as if I’d missed out on the farmer’s fine fare. But then the bright window display in a nearby store caught my eye. A chocolatier! Swiss chocolate would surely soothe my woes, and chocolate could travel.
Inside the chocolate shop, a five-tier fountain dripped with melted chocolate. Nearly every chocolate treat you could image was displayed in a dazzling array. Dark, milk, white. Nuts, caramel, marshmallow. One taste of the dark chocolate with vanilla buttercream and I suddenly forgot about the vegetables outside at the farmer’s market!
Do you enjoy farmer’s markets as much as I do? What are some of your favorite things you’ve picked up at a farmer’s market? Or would you rather just chat about chocolate?!
A Shot of Red
After fleeing DC following a one-night stand that had her reeling, biotech company heiress Mia Moncure has thrived working with a humanitarian aid team administering vaccines in Haiti. When the United States is threatened with a flu epidemic, Mia’s grandmother demands her return to unveil a new flu vaccine for Moncure Therapeutics. She arrives to find that her ex-boyfriend, the company’s PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland that Mia soon suspects was murder.
Determined to reveal a killer, Mia heads to Switzerland, where she’s threatened as she discovers a plan to infiltrate the vaccine for nefarious purposes. Desperate for backup, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator—and Mia’s one-night stand. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family’s reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there’s more than her family’s legacy at stake. Mia and Gio struggle to discover the truth about the scheme and their feelings for each other, but it just might be too late.
Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.
Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.
Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA.