Saturday morning I finally had a chance to visit Blackjack Valley Farm. I followed Karen’s precise directions (below) and found the location easily. If you’re programming your GPS, head for the intersection of Lider and Sidney in Port Orchard and look for the A-board at the driveway.
I spotted the cows as I pulled into the driveway, so I knew I was in the right place. The beauty of the valley drew me to the end of the road with my camera, mist covering the gentle slopes. I waved at the chickens which have given me so many dozens of wonderful eggs!
It took me a few minutes to figure out where I needed to go. Here’s the hot tip: when you park the car, just look straight out the windshield, that red building out front has a farm store tucked into the porch.
Why, you might ask, did I take the trouble to drive out to Port Orchard on a Saturday morning? In The Dirty Life Kristin Kimball says, “If you do not own a cow or know someone who owns a cow, I must caution you never to try raw milk straight from the teat of a Jersey cow, because it would be cruel to taste it once and not have access to it again.” Karen milks Holsteins, but the principle is the same. I’ve had real milk now and there’s just no going back.
While I was there I picked up a package of beef and a chicken. All in all a pretty good protein stop. If you live in the area, why not drop by? For an added bonus: look for the pictures of Karen as a young woman with her prize-winning cow!
Take Sedgwick Road exit, turn right. Second traffic light (Albertsons on left) make left onto Sidney Road. Follow road up hill thru flashing light (Lider road). We are 4th drive on left past Lider. Come down drive to red “Raw Milk” sign. Pull in and park to left of sign. Straight back is a red barn with American Flag. The store is in an open porch. Mail box on wall for payment.