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Croftburn Farm opens market in Culpeper

You may have seen the sign for Croftburn Farm on State Route 3 as you’re heading out of Culpeper toward Fredericksburg. The family-owned farm has been in operation since the 1950s, and it produces all-natural, grass-fed Angus beef and lamb.

Until now, the farm has sold mostly to restaurants and individuals. But last Tuesday, the Campbell family opened a retail market in Culpeper, at 16178 Rogers Rd. The market is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun from noon to 5 p.m., and closed Mondays.

Owner Andrew Campbell said the market carries Angus beef, lamb, chicken and pork. A variety of sausages (including fresh, smoked and air-cured products) and bacon are made on-site. Special orders are welcome.

There’s also prepared food, with sandwiches and salads made daily. Campbell said no lunch item is priced higher than $6, to try to provide a fast, fresh lunch at a good price.

Local meats, eggs, milk, bread, produce, cheeses, honey, crackers, wine and beer are also available in the 1,000-square-foot market, which aims to promote local foods in any way possible.

Campbell said another goal is for customers to be able to come to the store and find all of the items they need to make dinner.

“We’re trying to simplify the shopping experience from the traditional grocery store model, all while making available higher quality, more local, ingredients,” he wrote in an e-mail.

Look for more on the market in The Free Lance-Star business section later this week.

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