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Pleasant Surprise Today

While running around getting things for the holiday weekend, I saw that England Acres had stated they were open today. They are a working farm just four miles west of Mt. Airy. I buy many of my meats and cheeses from them, as well as Trickling Springs Dairy products. They are open year round on weekends and other days, like today, announced on their facebook page.

After picking up my turkey at a very busy Boarman’s this morning, I headed out to Mt. Airy to hit Tractor Supply and England Acres. Consolidating those errands and using the back roads. I needed bird seed from Tractor Supply, and wanted some dairy and meat from Judy at England Acres.

I was pleasantly surprised today to see that a new source of produce at their market is the supplier of my summer and fall CSA, Lancaster Farm Fresh Coop.

They had organic sauerkraut, as well as half a wall of fresh organic produce, the same stuff that comes in my CSA basket every week. The organic kraut, though, made me very happy. We have not gotten green cabbage lately, and I haven’t starting making kraut in my crocks. This jar of lovely organic kraut will become part of our Thanksgiving dinner this weekend.

They also had absolutely beautiful fresh cranberries today. I am torn between making relish or salsa. These are so tart, and bursting with flavor. Decisions, decisions.

If you live in West Howard County, anywhere convenient to I-70, the farm is really quite easy to find. West on rte. 144, four miles outside of town, on Detrick Road. Judy has a great assortment of products from MD and PA farms. She listens to us about what we want to find there. Her baked goods are awesome. Her chickens run around and are obviously quite content. During the day, the gates are open and they wander in and out of the coops. The eggs are generally one or two days old. You can’t get any fresher than this.

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About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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