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Purcellville Farmer’s Market offers more than just fresh produce

The Olmstead family runs the Partisan Cafe at the Purcellville Community Market. PHOTO COURTESY/ OLMSTEAD FAMILY
Farmer’s markets in the area this season are brimming with fresh produce, fruits, homemade baked goods, meats and cheese from local farms, and more.
Recently, market organizers have become more creative in drawing people in by adding live music, local artists and authors, all with the idea of creating a gathering center for the community.

This summer, Juanita Tool, organizer of the Purcellville Community Market came up with idea to offer a fresh, hot breakfast at the market. She approached the Olmstead Family of Berryville to see if they were interested in serving as the vendor.

Becky Olmstead and her husband Mark have 14 children, ages 7 to 26. They thought participating in the market would be a “fun family summer project,” Becky Olmstead said, calling themselves the Partisan Café.

Olmstead said six of their kids work together making the breakfast each week. Their healthy meals incorporate locally sourced products.

The menu includes three different meals. The first is a savory plate made with eggs, gluten free pancakes, hot peppers, sausage and yogurt lime sauce.

The second option is a Mediterranean brunch made with brown rice, falafel, olive topping, hummus, sausage, cucumber mint relish and yogurt lime sauce.

The third menu item is Huevos Rancheros, made with black beans, sausage, pepper jack cheese, fried egg and their homemade sauces.

“It is a good, hearty breakfast,” Olmstead said.

Olmstead’s daughter, Talia, has recently started making homemade apple mini donuts, which she fries right at the market. This past week, she sold over 400 donuts, Olmstead said.

“We have found it to be a wonderful opportunity to meet people in the community. It is a great value to the children, learning to communicate with people and learning lessons about economics and running a business. We are learning also to work together as a team,” she said.

Olmstead praised Tool for her ability to work with the vendors and for encouraging them along the way.

The Partisan Café is open every Saturday in the summer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Purcellville Community Market, 550 E. Main St., Purcellville.


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