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Friday, December 20, 2013

Farewell to Fall

Buying local holiday gifts

It’s hard to imagine, at least in New England that it is still fall outdoors. There’s more of a focus on recent snow, cold weather and the holiday season of gift giving. Speaking of which,  if there’s a few last-minute stocking stuffers or a hard-to-buy for relative or friend, don’t forget your local farmers when it comes to filling up the gift baskets. Still need a Christmas tree? You can find those, too.

Make slipping into winter a bit more green when you shop from that local farmer up the street. For urban dwellers, depart on a peaceful back road adventure to find those meaningful last-minute gifts. There’s plenty of farm stands in every region and it sure beats filling up the stockings with plastic doo-dads, electronics or gift cards. 

Keep fall in your holiday baskets and consider a treasured find from one of your area farms. Wine, cheese, honey, maple syrup, there's something for every taste bud. Here’s a holiday link for local readers but there’s sure to be one of these agricultural resources in every state around. Plus there’s plenty of parking and friendly faces unlike what you might encounter at the malls.

+Joel Salatin sums it up best. “A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm -- it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism.” Sounds like the perfect holiday spirit to share as we bid our farewell to fall. 

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