Yesterday my mom, aunt, cousin, and I had a fun-filled day of shopping and encountered no crowds and no traffic. We waited in no lines and witnessed no pushing and shoving to get a bargain. Admittedly, we didn’t get too many items checked off of our Christmas shopping lists, but we sure had a good time!
Stop one was the Dayton Farmer’s Market. There’s a great Mennonite owned lamp shop in the Dayton Farmer’s Market that my mom and I like to visit. I’ve been searching on-and-off for a shade for this lamp for several years. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you’ll remember it from this decorating dilemma post. A few weeks ago the nice couple that own the shop helped me to pick the perfect shade for my lamp from a catalog, but after ordering it, we found out that it is no longer available. They helped me to pick a new one and hopefully I can share it with you soon.
The next stop was The Meating Place in Meadowbrook for frozen hamburger and fresh steaks. I grew up on meat from the shop. My dad used to buy a 1/2 a cow here, so we always had a freezer full of good quality meat to enjoy. Now I buy meat when I’m in the area. It’s excellent quality and very tasty! I should have bought a ham. There’s nothing like good country ham!
Everything is processed in the store.
Joan from Applejack Lane lives very near The Meating Place and one of her relatives started the business. I saw Applejack Lane on this visit so now I know where Joan lives! Let me tell you, her area of Virginia is one of the prettiest spots you’ll see.
Our last stop was The Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft. Here you can buy cheese and food in bulk. Mama and I always buy spices here because they are very inexpensive. My newest spice purchase is Anise Seed to make Biscochitos, a traditional cookie from New Mexico.
It was a fun day and definitely nice not to be in any crowds. If you went Black Friday shopping, I hope that you got some great deals and that you didn’t encounter any terrible crowds.