Stumping in the battleground state, President makes a surprise stop for tomatoes, peaches, and watermelon...
On Saturday morning, during a second day of hopscotching through the battleground state of Virginia, President Obama kicked things off with a stop at Berry's Produce market on Chamberlayne Road in Mechanicsville. The "unscheduled" visit lasted about ten minutes after the President arrived at 11:42 AM via motorcade. Husband/wife owners Bill and Sandra Berry helped the President select tomatoes, and he loaded them into a brown bag (above).
"I'll put them on a sandwich when I get home, maybe a salad," President Obama said of the tomatoes.
It was a very hot day, though rain threatened, and the President wore khaki pants and a light blue shirt as he stood with the Berrys and surveyed the lush vegetable offerings arrayed in wooden crates. He also purchased peaches and a watermelon, paying cash. (Above: Selecting a watermelon with Sandra Berry)
About 20-25 people had gathered behind the ropeline at Berry's, waving and taking pictures. President Obama chatted briefly with the crowd, then headed off in his motorcade for two scheduled campaign stops.
Sandra Berry told the pool she was “shocked” when Secret Service contacted her two hours ahead of the President’s visit. Still, despite the Presidential produce run, she said she and her husband are undecided as to who they will vote for in the November election.
The President's last stop at a Farmers Market was on July 5, during his 'Betting on America' bus tour. While visiting Bergman Orchards Farm Market in Port Clinton, Ohio, the President purchased a dozen ears of sweet corn, peaches, strawberries and cherries, for a total bill of $22.70. (Above: The President with Bill Berry and tomatoes)
Before that, he last visited a Virginia farm stand in October of 2011, purchasing pumpkins to be used at the White House for Halloween from Wood’s Orchard Farm Market in Hampton.
The motorcade left Berry's Produce about 11:54 AM, heading for a 1:00 PM campaign event at Walkerton Tavern & Gardens in Henrico County, where it was pouring rain as the Presidnet spoke to supporters. Later in the afternoon, the President flew to Dulles Airport, then motorcaded to Centreville High School in Clifton for a 4:15 PM event.
He returned to Washington, DC after the event. Next week, the President will spend four days on the campaign trail, visiting Ohio, Texas and Florida.
Info: Berry's Produce is located at 9592 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville, VA, 23116. Phone: (804) 569-9005.