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The best $10 I ever spent

Do I really need that blueberry crumb cake? Of course not. But when I’m at a farmers’ market, I like to support all the home-based businesses I can. After all, they took the time to bake, package it, bring their wares to the market, set up a stand, then sell all day. It’s the least I could do.

Sometimes, I don’t like the things I buy. (I have a sweet tooth. To give you an example, I once had homemade maple ice cream with bits of maple sugar candy in it. Now, that’s over-the-top sweet, but I loved it. And although it is mid-morning I wouldn’t mind eating another one right now.) It doesn’t mean that the baked good is bad (what baked good is bad, after all?), but it just isn’t my taste.

So, at a particularly slow farmers’ market, I try to buy something at every stand: pottery, fudge, a cupcake, a pulled pork sandwich, barbeque sauce. I stop at LemonTree pastries and desserts. I don’t recognize the vendor – turns out it is Dale Moser of Washington, N.H. – but the maple glazed cinnamon buns catch my eye. Do I need a dozen cinnamon buns? Of course not. But I hand over my Alexander Hamilton and she lovingly (I’m serious about this) places my treat in a plastic bag and hands it to me.

To my credit, I waited until I got home to try one. Hmmm. The maple icing was divine, but the pastry seems a bit dry. I know she made it this morning, so I microwave the second bun for a dozen seconds. And what do you know: that was the best cinnamon bun I ever ate. I am immediately jealous of her two children and four grandchildren. I’m wondering why I didn’t buy the second dozen. I’m wondering if they freeze well.

If you happen to see Dale this summer at the Newport Farmers’ Market, do not hesitate to part with $10, especially if you have a sweet tooth like mine. Learn more about Dale at

Fall foliage, part two

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The colors are lovely – but I do wish the sun would come out! I saw this tree while on a back road in Washington. The sun was shining, but was hidden by gray rain clouds by the time I turned back around to take a photo. It’s still pretty though.

Mark your calendar

Write “Wool and Art Tour” or “Mirage Alpacas” or “lamb kabobs” on your calendar right now. On Columbus Day Weekend, the 25th annual event will be held, complete with demonstrations, food, art, and animals. My family and I spent a morning at Mirage Alpacas in Washington one Saturday. We saw all the renovations happening at the farm, met the animals (alpacas, sheep, miniature donkeys, to name a few) and saw the love that everyone had for their work. It was great fun (next time we’ll bring a picnic lunch) but with the Wool and Arts Tour there will be food – a sidewalk cafe provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Audrey Rhodes, owner of Mirage Alpacas, said that there might be new miniature donkeys (they were bred late so they may be born by the event) and Wats, born last year on the tour, is doing well. “People are coming back to see this one year old,” she says. “It’s a nice group of people who attend. We see some of the same faces every year.” And they know that they can get their one-of-a-kind shopping done. Learn more at or