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Sunrise Bakery Saturdays, Reed Valley Orchard Autumns

I join many in cherishing Saturday mornings at Sunrise Bakery on Lexington's Main Street. I enjoy the coffee, but I go for the convivial spirit of the place. Co-owner Kristy Matherly makes a constant stream of customers feel welcome, raising hospitality to a fine art.

Sunrise Bakery Americano (two shots of espresso plus hot water and a bit of cream) and Reed Valley Orchard Stayman Winesap apple

Sunrise Bakery Americano (two shots of espresso plus hot water and a bit of cream) and Reed Valley Orchard Stayman Winesap apple

It's easy to stop at Sunrise Bakery on Saturday mornings either before or after shopping at the Lexington Farmers Market one block away. Although the Sunrise breads and pastries dazzle, as a gluten avoider I concentrate on the coffee, unless I have spotted something delicious in the Market, as I did this week.

Wonderful Reed Valley Orchard had the apple I dream about, wait for (and dangle other propositions because of) -- the Stayman Winesap. I brought one to Sunrise to enjoy with my coffee. The "faces" of the coffee and the apple showed a subtle natural beauty - even, perhaps, a kinship. Or that may have been the Matherly magic, which makes all of us notice our connections to each other and to life's own goodness.

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