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Route 11 Potato Chips to expand Shenandoah County facility … crunch on!

Route 11 Potato ChipsBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The unimposing yellow metal building that houses Route 11 Potato Chips sits in a rural office park in the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by the mountains of western Virginia. A picnic table out front invites visitors and employees to enjoy a mild day as the smell of baking potato chips fills the air. Appropriate for the historic area, it isĀ  short mile or two to the well-known Meems Bottom covered bridge (see Meems Bottom Covered Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley).

Route 11 Potato Chips’ production facility is about to undergo a $1.2 million expansion at their location in Mt. Jackson, a move that that will double its capacity. The popular snack food that has seen its reputation spread far beyond the Shenandoah Valley will bring new jobs while increasing its raw product needs — potatoes and sweet potatoes — with local growers.

Unknown to many, Route 11 Potato Chips originated in Maryland, relocating to Middletown, Virginia, in 1992 where it took over an old feed store before moving into the current facility in 2008. Their reputation has been built around quality, kettle-cooked potato chips with unique flavors. In the expansion process they will install a second production line to meet increased demand for its potato chips, particularly increased orders of its sweet potato chips, from major grocery chains and wholesale distributors.

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Green Valley Book Fair open today through April 1

Green Valley Book Fair 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s baaack. The Green Valley Book Fair, closed since December for their annual winter nap, reopens today for their 2015 season and will run through April 1. Located in Mt. Jackson, just off I-81 halfway between Staunton and Harrisonburg, the Book Fair draws thousands of book lovers from up and down the East Coast and is particularly popular with local residents.

Green Valley Book Fair 1The Green Valley Book Fair is a huge book warehouse outlet store that is open for two-week runs six times a year. They offer deep discounts on every book category imaginable including children’s, research, political, history, religion, cookbooks, and much more. We’re talking 500,000 books in hardcover and soft cover discounted 60-90% off retail, with the majority being discounted in the 66-75% off retail range.

I have stocked much of my political collection from the Book Fair.

Hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday noon-5pm.For directions and more information check the Green Valley Book Fair website.


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