Shopping Local in the Shenandoah Valley

This picture is the result of a recent Saturday morning trip around my area of the Shenandoah Valley.

I stopped at the Mount Jackson Farmers’ Market to see Tara & Gerald and get a J & L Green Farm pork shoulder and eggs. I love that my small town has a place for me to buy direct from area farmers.

Then it was off to The Market in Woodstock for Route 11 Potato Chips, Turner ham, Golden Angels Apiary honey, Kutztown Rootbeer, and other local goodies. I love to shop here for bulk spices (great for canning) as well as baking ingredients.

Finally I stopped at then The Farmhouse to chat with Peggy and try some coffee from Cabin Creek Roasters. I love to shop the condiments here. It’s how I found my favorite barbecue sauce!

I ended the day by cooking that pork shoulder in a bottle of somewhat local root beer (yep, root beer!) and canning baked beans. The pork was delicious!

It was nice to buy everything I needed for cooking and only support local businesses while shopping. It’s convenient to stop at big box stores, but I have yet to find one with the meat I will buy, or fresh organic berries, or coffee only days from the roaster. If you speak with your dollars, you can help keep your local businesses, including farmers, going. What was the last thing you bought from a small business?

Shopping Local in the Shenandoah Valley

Shopping Local in the Shenandoah Valley

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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