The former Black River Produce store on Route 103 just south of Ludlow, vacant for the past several months, has reopened its doors this past week as Pleasant Valley Foods, a bakery, deli, farmer's market and gifts store.
The store bills itself as a "Vermont Family Business" on its new sign, and it lives up to its name.
Nancy Goodrich and her daughter, Hannah Epler, are partners in the new enterprise, with Hannah handling the retail side of the business and Nancy the baking.
"I'd been working out of my home baking for some time," Nancy said. "I was interested in using the kitchen at the old Black River Produce store, and we talked about maybe we could reopen the store there. So, we decided to do it."
The store will feature Nancy's baked goods, and in the mornings will have breakfast sandwiches, coffee and pastries. There will be sandwiches available from the deli, on homemade bread, along with hot food specials and soups.
Also available will be Black River produce, nuts, fruits, local cheeses, wine, microbrews and fresh seafood, brought in daily. A number of Vermont speciality items and gift items will also be available.