What a day to come to Miller Farms in Clinton, the day before Halloween. Before I headed out to the fields to glean with a small group, the fine country folk at the farm had its bakery open (at 6 am, no less), so the public can get those scrumptious apple cider donuts to go with coffee. (I admit that good as those apple cider ones are, I like the double chocolate and strawberry creme donuts even better. I can just feel the fat coming on.)
Like many successful family farms, Miller Farms sells a variety of farm products at its down-home grocery store, including produce that's not so much exotic as hard to find, such as green peanuts.
Green peanuts are used to make that great Southern snack, boiled peanuts. (AKA Southern edamame, if you want to get all foodie.)
In addition to delicious fresh foods, there's an extensive selection of canned goods from another regional producer, McCutcheon's (of Frederick, Md.), which includes McCutcheon's products I've never seen before, and I thought I'd seen them all.
(Guess what drinks are being served with Thanksgiving dinner this year?)
The store carries its own dried herbs and spices, which are plentiful and inexpensive:
Of course, what would a farm store be without these at this time of year:
Or, an old-fashioned store without this (and just before Halloween):
A big advertised draw was for these beauties:
As well as for another of its homemade special treats:
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On to more serious matters, such as gleaning delicious collard greens, such as these:
However, even the friendly folks at Miller can't stay entirely serious, because the following scary "folk" were placed around some of the fields:
Scary, ha ha!