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Fulks Run Grocery

11441 Brocks Gap Rd., Fulks Run, VA - (540) 896-7487
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/15/2009 11:41:00 PM
Finding Fulks Run Grocery on Route 259 just south of the West Virginia border is half the fun. It is alluringly remote, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by nothing but countryside. It’s a real grocery store, built in 1949 by Garnett Turner; and, frankly, there’s little that you can buy and eat on the premises. But we cannot resist tipping friends off to any ham house we find, especially Turner’s Ham House, which is located behind the grocery store and is considered by those in the know to be the finest small-scale producer of sugar-cured country ham anywhere.

Many people who know Turner Hams never go to Fulks Run, for it has been a thriving mail-order business for years. Recently, at home in Connecticut, we got a fabulous box full of boneless, center-cut sugar-cured ham slices and red hot rooster sauce and ham glaze to dress them, as well as some packages of gorgeous Grindstone Mountain Proscuitto.

Good as it is to get these items in the mail, there is special pleasure in entering the old, wood-floored country store and taking a deep breath of air perfumed by well-cured ham. Of course, you can buy a nice ham right here, to take home and prepare. We love the way the big beauties are displayed – wrapped in cheesecloth, piled up in various shopping carts all around the store.

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While it is not a sit-down restaurant, Fulks Run grocery does offer fried ham sandwiches on Friday. They are simple and perfect.
"While it is not a sit-down restaurant, Fulks Run grocery does offer fried ham sandwiches on Friday. They are simple and perfect."
Michael Stern





Hams for sale in the aisle of the grocery store.
"Hams for sale in the aisle of the grocery store."
Michael Stern


Two slices of Turner Ham House ham in our cast-iron skillet.  The powerful, complex flavor of this  aged meat is one of America's great eating experiences.
"Two slices of Turner Ham House ham in our cast-iron skillet. The powerful, complex flavor of this aged meat is one of America's great eating experiences."
Michael Stern


Someone once defined eternity as 'two people and a ham.'  For those of us who want only a little, Turner Ham House at Fulks Run Grocery packages nice-sized slizes ready to heat and eat.
"Someone once defined eternity as 'two people and a ham.' For those of us who want only a little, Turner Ham House at Fulks Run Grocery packages nice-sized slizes ready to heat and eat."
Michael Stern


Shopping carts full of hams can be found thoughout the store.
"Shopping carts full of hams can be found thoughout the store."
Cliff Strutz


Fulks Run Grocery is an ordinary-looking country market that happens to sell some extraordinary hams.
"Fulks Run Grocery is an ordinary-looking country market that happens to sell some extraordinary hams."
Michael Stern



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