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Mill Valley Co-op

Winter Bounty

The Mill Valley General Store on Sissen Street is the reason we got bikes. Sissen Street is a short bike ride from Mount Vernon and as long as we’re buying local we figured it would be best not to expend carbon to purchase said items. Granted, it’s a bit icy and frigid today, so we will deploy this low carbon plan in the spring. In the meantime, we are firing up the gas-cluncker to sign up for the Winter Buyer co-op, which runs from February 4 through May 2. A full page ad in the City Paper explained that the Mill co-op collects produce, meat and cheese from all of our favorite farms. It’s $200 for a vegetable-only share (4 items/week) or $300 for a full share (6 items/week including meat, butter, milk and baked goods). The co-op is also a good way to support local farms through the leanest time of the year for them. Here are some of the farms participating.

  • Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op ( a co-op of 30 plus organic farmers)
  • Baugher’s Orchard
  • Chesapeake Greenhouses (lettuce)
  • Gunpowder Bison Trading Company (Bison burgers!)
  • Whispering Pines Farm (pork)
  • Hen’s Nest Eggs
  • Wagner Brother’s Meats (beef)
  • Trickling Springs Creamery (cute glass jugs of low or full fat milk) (more…)

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Clear Spring chickens

As I sit in my flourescent-lit office, I sometimes wonder, like Radha, if I am missing out on life.

Or, I wonder if Foxy would like a feathered friend.

Especially when I get emails like this from my aunt Claire, whose family runs the Clear Spring Creamery, an organic dairy farm.

Claire: This morning I got in my truck and one of our free range chickens hopped
in- we gently put her back out close to her “home” and drove off. My
mother and I went to the car wash, the post office and finally the Valley
Market. (more…)

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