Celebrating Small Business Saturday in the Shenandoah Valley

Where did you spend your money this holiday season? While ThinkGeek received its normal fair share, we try to support our local businesses as much as we can. We visited only a few of those businesses on Small Business Saturday.

We started at The Christmas Gallery in New Market, Virginia, where I like to go yearly to pick up unique Christmas ornaments. (Have I told you I collect them? I do. You’ll see a post on those soon!)

Christmas Gallery

Christmas Gallery

Next we headed to Route 11 Potato Chips in Mount Jackson, Virginia, where I also performed a yearly habit — picking up an assortment of small bags to take to my office for our Christmas party. I don’t know what my coworkers would do without their yearly fresh-off-the-line fix!

Route 11 Potato Chips

Route 11 Potato Chips

We moved on to The Market in Woodstock, Virginia, where I picked up goodies for baking. I don’t get in as often as I like, but not only do I go every “Small Business Saturday,” I usually take Mom in during the Route 11 Yard Crawl, and I visit a couple of other times for odds and ends. Their prices are great, especially on the nuts and grains I favor.

The Market in Woodstock

The Market in Woodstock

Since The Farmhouse in Woodstock, Virginia, changed hands in the last year or so (and we miss you, Peggy!), they no longer carry Tim’s local favorite Golden Blends BBQ Sauce (Bootlegger’s Blend), though they still carry my favorite GBB (Dry County Dip), so we hit another local business, but this time through the Internet —  three bottles of sauce arrived soon after from this local Front Royal, Virginia, business.

Golden Blends BBQ

Golden Blends BBQ

Our last stop Saturday was to Mowery Orchard in Woodstock, Virginia. It’s a great place for seasonal produce, as well as local tree fruit. It’s also on my way home — perfect! Today was about locally produced Lucas honey and locally produced J&L Green Farm meat (since I couldn’t make it to their farm during store hours). Oh, and I forgot to get a bag of chips for ourselves at Route 11, so I picked up one of those, too!

Mowery Orchard

Mowery Orchard

Small Business Saturday extended slightly into Sunday morning for us this year. We just ran out of time Saturday, (dogs at home on a schedule!) so early Sunday we headed back out from our little ridge to our most local tree farm – Mountain View Tree Farm in Edinburg, Virginia – for one other place on my list, and they were packed this year! We ended up with a lovely 8-foot-or-so Canaan Fir. Tim, as usual, enjoys the views and picking of the tree a little more than the sawing, but he’s a good sport, even though the remains of the Thanksgiving snow made for a soggy endeavor!

Mountain View Tree Farm

Mountain View Tree Farm

I’d love to know how you celebrated Small Business Saturday. What businesses did you visit?

 

*** 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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