Visits to a Farm Market and a Beautiful Park

The Meade House, Sycamore Township
The Meade House, Sycamore Township

Throughout the summer and now into fall, every Tuesday afternoon my daughter, our dog Addie and I have taken a 10-minute drive to historic downtown Loveland (Ohio) to visit their large farmer’s market.  In addition to fruits, vegetables ….

…and flowers…

…we’re also looking for something good for supper.  In the past we have had slices of Greek pizza, croissants stuffed with vegetables or ham/cheese, Thai noodle salad, chocolate filled croissants, cheese pastries, etc.  This time, my daughter picked up a small pumpkin for later use, croissants to be served with some good Swiss cheese, apple dumplings and a Chocolate Bobka.

Since our shelter dog Addie is afraid of men, shy around women and too enthusiastic around other dogs, I walk with her on the outskirts of the market while my daughter shops.

On the way home, we stopped off at a park in our neighborhood.  While my daughter took Addie for a long walk on the primitive trail, I found a bench in the back of the historic 1906 Meade House which is headquarters for the Cincinnati Horticultural Society.

Even though the flowers are starting to fade a little now, they are still gorgeous all around this graceful old home.


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We came home to a delicious supper served on paper plates so there would be no cleanup required.  We had croissants with cheese and the rich delicious bobka – saved the apple dumplings for another day.  I had remembered Chocolate Bobka (or Babka) from an old Jerry Seinfeld TV episode.  We had no idea how utterly decadent and scrumptious this is.

We have just three more times to go to the farm market before they close for the season.  I wonder what we’ll find next week.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

12 thoughts on “Visits to a Farm Market and a Beautiful Park”

  1. A good day for the three of you. What a wonderful old home nestled in the gardens. Sounds like a perfect dinner to come home to,, I’ll have to check out the Babka out, never had one

  2. You guys go out on some beautiful outings. I’ve really enjoyed these posts.
    The photos are lovely.
    Lillian, is the US apple dumpling the same as the British one, a whole, peeled, spiced apple wrapped in pastry and baked in syrup?

  3. That sounds like a wonderful market, and the Meade house is beautiful! Do you know if this Meade family was descendants of George G. Meade of Gettysburg fame, and Ft. Meade is named after him? Just curious.

    1. My daughter has been doing a little research and found that this Meade was a prominent surgeon and the original farm was 202 acres. The present park is 27 acres with all of the surrounding land being subdivisions and houses which have been there for a long time. We’re particularly interested because we found out Dr. Meade raised and trained harness horses and probably competed against some of my ancestors back in the early 1900s. Nancy is also a Civil War buff so I’m going mention your thought that he might be related to the Gettysburg Meade. Lillian

  4. How nice to be able to visit both the farmer’s market and a historic house & gardens also! Sounds like a fun, relaxing day! Now I have to try some bobka (although the one you had was probably homemade and better than the store-bought).

  5. Wow, great pictures. I love farmer’s markets like this and to get to go to a wonderful garden too, what a delight! Your Tuesdays sound like so much fun.

  6. Very informative post, Lillian including the comments that followed.
    I must remember to tell my friend who lives in West Union to check out some of your adventures.

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