Literally next door, and I mean literally next door, from where I spoke on last week, is another charming and I’ll say it, adorable spot in West Annapolis, Rutabaga Craft Juicery.
I had no intentions of writing about this wonderful place, (here is their menu, some eco information, more about them, and their contact info) and that’s not meant in a disparaging way. I just came for some cold-pressed juice, a smoothie, and some peace.
There’s plenty of places I walk into that I’ll never write about because either it doesn’t fit the context of what I’m saying, I like the break, or I just don’t think about. I’ve been doing this for a while now, that I don’t always think about what to discuss or not discuss, without a little research, preparation, but my favorite is always the spontaneous.
As would be with Rutabaga…
West Annapolis is its own entity, its own island, and own universe within such a tiny and beautiful universe of Annapolis (my past posts on this wonderful place are here), that the joy just continues to compound.
With such a cozy space, it’s a blessing I had an outside table to myself. I came around lunch hour, and while people were in and out, it once again felt like I was the only person on Earth. That’s a good feeling, and while it may feel egocentric or narcissistic, it feels like peace to me. And there’s more of where that I came from, and more at our disposal then we know.
I went with the Berried (a blend of apple ,strawberry, blueberry raspberry, and banana maple chia) and it went down smooth, went down easy, and went down a little too fast. The weather warranted it. Which also means I could’ve used a glass of water or two. I did get around to that eventually.
But as I was leaving, I noticed they had kombucha on tap and available for sampling. Since I already bought a drink, I feel like I had some immunity and didn’t feel as greedy or as cheap by trying all three samples.
One stood out above the rest.
The Green Garden from Federal Brewing Company based out of Federalsburg, MD, was one of the more refreshing kombucha’s I’ve had. It was the perfect contrast to my fruit drink, that I loved trading a sip of each back and forth, while cleansing my palate of course. Even without a sip of water in between, I got all the beautiful tastes and flavors from each.
I honestly forgot what was in the Green Garden, but maybe I wasn’t supposed to know or remember. I just knew it was great, and I would love to have some more.
For the warmer climates, you can’t go wrong with either of these. You can’t go wrong with supporting local business, and any chance to sit outside, be with nature, enjoy my surroundings, and enjoy not one, but two amazing beverages is something to be truly grateful for.
If you’re local to the area, and have not visited Rutabaga’s, I highly recommend it. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. Many tourists will visit this summer, and because of its location it may be overlooked, but I wouldn’t. It’s a gem among gems, among more gems. While open for less than three years, it looks like it’s going to be a mainstay for years to come. It’s another great reason to visit and love our state capital.
Have a good one, enjoy your day, and peace be with you.