Saturday, December 27, 2008

Happy New Year!

New Year's Week Holiday Hours:
Open Saturday, 12/27/08 - 9-5
Open Sunday, 12/28/08, 9-5

12/29/2008 - 1/02/2009
RE-OPEN SATURDAY, 1/03/09 @ 9:00 AM


Thursday, December 18, 2008

6 Shopping Days 'til Christmas!

Holiday Hours
Friday, 12/19/08 - 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, 12/20/08 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, 12/21/08 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
WEDNESDAY, 12/24/08
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Closed Christmas Day & Friday, 12/26/08
Re-open Saturday, 12/27/08 at 9:00am

Mill Valley General Store is chock full of local food & local gift ideas. So sharpen that pencil, make a list, check it twice & we will see you during our holiday hours. Make sure your list includes: Egg Nog * Apple Cider * Milk * Eggs * Heavy Whipping Cream * Great selection of local, artisan cheeses * Butter * 1/2 & 1/2 * Zeke's Coffee * Apples & pears from Baugher's Orchard * Organic citrus fruit - tangerines, navel & cara cara red oranges, grapefruit * Organic, locally grown produce - potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, garlic, cabbage, butternut squash, portabella & white button mushrooms, brussel sprouts, turnips, cranberries, beets, carrots..... * Freshly baked breads & sweets from The Breadery * Pastured chicken from Shady Side Farms * Beef, pork & sausages from Wagner Brothers Meats.

Great gift baskets, filled with local food - $10.00 & $20.00 sizes. Great stocking stuffers, too - 1/2 gallon milk
carriers, reusable bags, Buy Local Baltimore Guide. Check out all the gift ideas at Zensations by Jen & Whiskey Island Pirate Shop . You are sure to find something to please everyone on your list.

Need a few last minute decorations? We have both 16" & 24" fresh wreaths, but they are going fast! Add a store made bow.Great sale on tree decorations & beaded garland - $1.50/ea or $12.00/dozen! You can't beat this price.

And last, but certainly not least, thanks to one & all for your generous contributions to the Whiskey Island Toy & Food drive. The toys & food you have donated have been delivered. Many smiles all around & sincere expressions of gratitude for your generosity. Thanks for making a difference.

Here's wishing you & yours all the best of the holiday season!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Countdown to Thanksgiving

Holiday Hours at Mill Valley General Store
  • Thursday, 11/20/2008 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday, 11/21/08/2008 - 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, 11/22/08 & Sunday, 11/23/08 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, 11/26/2008 - Noon - 6:00pm
Pre-ordered turkeys available for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 26th. from Noon - 6:00pm

Add to your holiday shopping list:
Trickling Springs Creamery - egg nog * milk * butter *raw milk cheeses * ice cream * yogurt ....
South Mountain Creamery - assorted cheeses .... The Hen's Nest - farm fresh eggs
Sonny & Joe's Hummus .... Tuscarora Organic Growers - fresh produce .... One Straw Farm - organic produce .... Baugher's of Westminster - apples * pears * all natural Apple Cider .... The Breadery - assorted breads, muffins & sweet breads .... Wagner Brothers - local beef * pork * sausage .... Sunnyside Farms - whole chickens * breast * whole legs.... Miss Pat's old fashioned Sugar Cookies

Stop by our vendor's booths for even more holiday items:
Zensations by Jen - mulling spices * soothing bath salts * spritzers * vegan soap .... Whiskey Island Pirate Shop - assorted spices for your holiday cooking .... The Curry Shack - spice blends that will put a zing in your holiday meal .... Zeke's Coffee - now featuring Holiday Roast.

But most importantly, take time to give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sunnyside Farms' Chicken Debuts at Mill Valley General Store

It does not get more local than this. Homer Walden & Dru Peters have created a biodynamic chicken farm, just 15 minutes north of the shop. Not one drop of petroleum goes into the operation of this unique chicken farm. We currently offer whole roasters, breast & legs. The following description of their operation is courtesy of The Urbanite.
" Since free range in fox country does not work, Walden designed & built mobile pens. Walden’s pens are eight feet by ten feet, with a partial roof to shade the chickens from sun and rain. The pens have no bottoms so the chicks can easily eat grass and bugs. Wheels are mounted on two sides so that Walden and Peters can move each pen to a fresh plot of grass as the chicks walk along. “They love grass,” says Walden, who also feeds them corn, soybeans, and kelp.

Walden designed and built this clever vehicle for his chickens and turkeys so they have a constant supply of fresh grass to eat while scratching their manure into the ground to naturally fertilize the land. (Walden estimates his chickens and turkeys drop thirty tons of manure on the field from April to November, resulting in luxuriant green patches of fertilized grass.) Compared to other portable pens, Walden’s chicken tractors are larger, more sleekly designed, and easier to move, but the most significant difference between Walden and other farmers who employ this method is that he moves his pens more often (twice daily) to prevent any bacteria or other pathogens from contaminating the birds.

“We think we’re a couple of steps above organic,” he says.

The result of Walden’s and Peters’ demanding work is a chicken that tastes unmistakably fresh. “You open a bag after it’s been frozen and it smells of fresh grass,” says Peters.

The “bigger picture” of their poultry experiment, they say, is to be environmentally sensitive and to “contribute to the overall health of consumers,” says Peters. Walden dreams of one day convincing Eastern Shore sod farmers to let him build larger versions of his “chicken tractors” on their sod farms, which would eliminate their need for chemical fertilizers.

“We don’t want to be land owners, we want to be land users,” Walden says. “We want to be good stewards.”

For the complete article go to & enter Sunnyside Farms into the search option.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's Time to Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving is less than a month away. It is time to order your turkey. Our turkeys are raised on Whispering Pines Turkey Farm in Mount Airy, MD. These are traditional white, broad breasted turkeys raised cage free & without growth hormones or antibiotics. The last day to order your turkey is Sunday, November 16th. Please note that a limited number of turkeys are grown. To insure availability, please order sooner, rather than later.

Talk about fresh! Turkeys will be processed on Monday, November 24th. & be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 26th. ONLY - from Noon - 6:00pm. No phone or web orders accepted. Turkeys are priced at $2.09/lb. A non-refundable deposit is required with your order.

Order according to size

8-11 pound $15.00 deposit
12-15 pound $25.00 deposit
16-19 pound $30.00 deposit
20-23 pound $40.00 deposit
24-27 pound $50.00 deposit
28-31 pound $55.00 deposit

gobble. gobble.........

Welcome to Mill Valley General Store

Many of you have known us since our inception, in 2002, as Mill Valley Garden Center. Then, at our current location, we expanded our offerings to include locally, produced food & changed our name to Mill Valley Garden & Farmer's Market. As we approach 2009, it is time for a more appropriate name - Mill Valley General Store - which more aptly describes our venture. As our customers have embraced the Buy Local concept, requests for an expanded food line have been numerous & we are pleased to announce that our locally produced foods now include a dry goods department.

We still feature all of our gardening items: locally grown plants * mulch * soil * seeds * natural herbicides, pesticides & fertilizers * containers * bird seed & feeders * an assortment of terra cotta & concrete containers * long & short handled tools * hoses * & many additional items.

Fresh, locally grown produce is available year round. One Straw Farm supplies us with certified organic produce & we are proud to be a pick up site for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program. Baugher's Orchard supplies us with fresh fruit & all natural apple cider. Tuscarora Organic Growers Coop fills in the rest of our needs. Our dairy case is kept well stocked with Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Eggs & Cheeses from Trickling Springs Dairy. Organic & All Natural options are available for milk, eggs & butters. We also have a variety of cheese from South Mountain Creamery.

Our dry goods department is expanding weekly. We currently stock Baugher's apple sauce & apple butter, both available in sugar & sugar free versions. Their canned peaches are a great staple to have on hand. Handmade egg noodles from Nature's Yoke are great for a winter soup. Stock up on McCutcheon's locally produced jams & jellies * mustard * pickles * relish * salad dressing & more.

If the adage that change keeps you young is accurate, we are getting younger by the week. Stop in soon to see what we've been up to.