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Smart Growth in Action: Holiday Goods Vermont Style

The holidays are approaching and as we prepare dinner menus and begin searching for the perfect gift, let’s remember to think local first! 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.
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 gifts. The Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores offers a concise list of stores across the state. You can also visit our section, Connect to the Land: A Guide for Taking Action, which provides numerous resources for keeping your dollars cycling in the local economy.
Holiday and Winter Farmers Markets are also great places to find local food and gifts. For a full listing, go to the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT) website, or the Vermont Department of Agriculture’s website. The success of summer markets and farm shares has led to an increase in winter markets and year round CSA’s, as demand for local food such as meat, vegetables and dairy products grows.
If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional gift giving this year, consider making a contribution to your favorite Vermont non-profit organization on behalf of a loved one or a good friend. Perhaps you can give them a membership in Smart Growth Vermont for the holidays. Contributing to a cause is a great way to spread holiday cheer and make a difference in our beautiful state. Happy Holidays!