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As the holiday season approaches, most of us are anticipating scrumptious feasts followed by tantalizing desserts and, of course, the giving and receiving of presents. When you buy gifts for friends, family or colleagues, consider purchasing local and Vermont-made products this season.
As we become more aware of the economic benefits of buying local, and the amount of energy required to transport goods across the country or the world, buying Vermont products makes good sense. If you’re looking for menu items or holiday gifts, stop by one of the Holiday Farmer’s Markets. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT) provides a list on their website of all the statewide Farmer’s Markets hours and dates of service. The Vermont Department of Agriculture’s website has a list of winter farmer’s markets as well.

You can also visit your nearby country store, corner market or farm stand, where you’re likely to find many Vermont-made products, such as cheeses, maple syrup and handmade gift items. The Taftsville Country Store, in south-central Vermont, specializes in gourmet Vermont products which can also be purchased through their online catalog. Adams Farm Stand, in Williston, is open until Christmas Eve and they have a variety of produce, wreaths, trees, crafts and toys.
Vermont-made gifts range from homemade soaps and candles to children’s toys. Artisans throughout the state take special care to make quality products. Try these two online directories, vermontdirectories.com and madeinvermont.com, to find an array of gift ideas that will likely suit any taste or price range.
Or, instead of buying a Vermont-made product, consider making a contribution to your favorite Vermont non-profit organization on behalf of a loved one or a good friend. Contributing to a cause is a great way to spread holiday cheer and make a difference in our beautiful state. Season’s Greetings!