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Autumn harvest is on the shelf

Yes, the wet months are pushing in and the cold is coming. But autumn also brings with it a harvest of pumpkin, cauliflower, squash, apples, peaches, nectarines and more.

While pallets and piles of fall produce can be found at chain grocery stores, the little guys are also keeping their shelves stocked. Milk Creek Produce, in Mulino, is one such store.

John Searey opened the produce shop four and half years ago. He employs nine people in the summer, and that number decreases in the winter, as business slows.by: CORY MIMMS - John Searey and Gretchen Garcia. Pumpkins are just one fall harvest item they stock.

The store is right next to Highway 213, but still, Searey said, he has customers come in who say they’ve driven by for a year or more and never stopped in. However, business has steadily increased over the last couple years.

He keeps all the basic items on the shelves year round, but during autumn baskets of special produce come in.

The store will have local gigantic cabbage soon and Brussels sprouts on the stalk, said Gretchen Garcia, who is part owner of the store.

“We try to feature local things,” she said, like raw honey from Colton and bread from Hillsboro. Searey even drives out to some of the orchards and picks up peaches and nectarines himself.



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