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One morning last week, I thought I heard mourning doves, one of the first spring migrating birds, coo cooing outside. I raced to my front windows and then my back windows looking for them, but they weren’t there. I suspect they were a figment of my spring-obsessed mind. It is not just warmer weather I am looking forward to, but also the opportunity to buy fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market. I am longing to pop just-picked ultra-sweet, deliciously juicy, ruby-red strawberries, and raspberries, as well as deep-earthy sweet blackberries in my mouth. I can’t wait to crunch into spring onions, just out of the ground; taste the tanginess of bok choy, the crunchy yumminess of new radishes. I could go on and on, but thinking about all the food-goodies spring and summer provides is just making me crazy-hungry. And I am not the only person. I get asked routinely now – when does the farmers market open? GREAT NEWS! The West End Farmers Market is opening on Sunday May 1st. All your favorite vendors will be there and hopefully a few more to add to the spice and pizzazz of our market. We look forward to welcoming new vendors selling pickles, and more prepared foods. If you are new to the community here is an introduction to some of our vendors. Alma’s Berries: Berries, Fruit, Garden Vegetables Billie’s Flowers: Cut Flowers Cavanna Pasta: Homemade Pasta and Sauces Dressed Up Nuts: Flavored Nuts Fresh Joseph: Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, scones, Great Harvest Bread: Breads, rolls, muffins Guata Java: Roasted Coffees J& W Farms: Vegetables Lucia’s Farm: Vegetables and Fruits Medina’s Farms: Vegetables On the GOurment: VA Grown and made Gourmet condiments, foods, ice cream from VA grown OPK Foods: Homemade organic sausages and meats Papa’s Orchard: Fruits Penn Farm: Vegetables Roberto’s Flowers: Plants, cut flower arrangements Sharon’s Breads: Breads, muffins, pastries The Flavor Station: Coffee, tea, water, sodas Tommy”s Cheese: Artisan Cheeses, yogurts, eggs, jams, jellies, condiments, sweet baked goods Vero’s Bakery: Sweet rolls, muffins, breads, cookies, pastries You are not going to believe this but a mourning dove just landed on my windowsill! Spring is officially around the corner. I will see you at the market!