Cynthia Ann Serves Up Gourmet Desserts at the La Plata Farmers Market

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Gourmet cookies with Belgian chocolate, soft biscotti, mixed berry crumb tarts, roasted granola—these are only a sampling of the sweet treats sold by Chef Cynthia Ann and her mother, Marilyn, at the  La Plata Farmers Market. Cynthia has spent years perfecting her chocolate chunk cookie, and her passion has evolved into a line of gourmet products made of all-natural ingredients and no preservatives.

“We do a gourmet line of cookies using Belgian chocolate, not chips,” said Cynthia. “You taste these cookies, and they’re just wonderful puddles of chocolate.”  Ingredients also include high-quality vanillas and fresh eggs. Their granola is a best-seller as well, along with soft biscotti. “You shouldn’t have to see a dentist after you eat biscotti,” Cynthia says. “We make it just soft enough, but it holds up.” They also have gluten-free options like peanut butter cookies.

The local farmers’ fruits and vegetables sometimes make it into recipes. “Last year during zucchini season, we made a tart that tasted like an apple pie, and people can’t wait for zucchini season to come back,” said Cynthia. “We also use fresh fruits and berries.”

Cynthia Ann Desserts was at the Waldorf Farmers Market for five years, and last year, moved to the La Plata market. They love the family atmosphere and fresh produce. “We can count on each other,” says Cynthia. “I can talk to my buddy, Tom (K & T Kettlecorn and Produce), who might have some sweet potatoes, or the Bowlings (C.H. Bowling Produce) for fresh veggies and fruits. And, we use those things.” Their customers like knowing that fresh, local ingredients are in their baked goods.

They have a customer base that follows them and were recently nominated by the Maryland Independent for “Best Bakery” in Southern Maryland for 2018. They were the only ones who didn’t have a brick and mortar store.

Cynthia Ann Desserts is at the La Plata Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They also cater for events and ship orders. Check out their website at www.CynthiaAnnDesserts.com or their growing Facebook page for more info.  Better yet, come out and visit them at the Farmers Market!

 

Views from Charles

#MyCharlesCounty and other ways to make a difference

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2019

For those who work in economic development, pointing out a community’s assets is part of the job.  But sometimes, it’s what its citizens say that makes a difference.  This is a true story told by a local businessman who’s now in Southern Maryland but moved here from another state. 

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization