Small Business Saturday – Shop Local

“Shop Local.” You probably hear that more and more these days. It doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to everyone, but to me, it’s something I’ve always done. Shopping local means keeping money in my community. It means supporting the small independent business owner that grows hothouse tomatoes in the shoulder seasons and the family that packages canning supplies in bulk. It means buying my barbecue sauce from Front Royal, my meat from Edinburg, and my apple cider from Timberville. I buy all that I can from the small business owners I meet and I keep the big box grocery stores for the items I just can’t find “locally.”

So to celebrate Small Business Saturday, I spent some time hitting my favorite stores and buying some of my favorite products.

Shopping Local

Shopping Local

From left to right (mostly):

The Market in Woodstock: mulling spices

Mowery Orchard in Woodstock: local molasses, apples, Route 11 potato chips

Shenandoah Farm Market: ketchup from Linda’s Mercantile, hot sauce from Firefly, Cider from Old Hill

The Farmhouse: fig jam from the Country Canner, coffee from Cabin Creek Roasters, flour from Wades Mill, BBQ sauce from Golden Blends Barbecue, soap from a local company

Grandma’s Pantry: apple cider from Showalter’s Greenhouse and Orchard (home of Old Hill), honey from Golden Angels Apiary

Mountain View Tree Farm (below): a Norway Spruce

local Christmas tree

local Christmas tree

 

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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