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Smart Growth in Action: Shop Local for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, most of us are looking for ways to spend our money wisely. One of the smartest things you can do is purchase Vermont-made products for friends, family or colleagues. Particularly in these tough times, buying Vermont products makes good sense for our local economy. What’s more, with the amount of energy required to transport goods across the country or the world, buying local is good for the climate.
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, open until Christmas Eve has a variety of produce, wreaths, trees, crafts and toys. And of course there are the larger retail and online companies that specialize in Vermont-made products such as Gardeners Supply, King Arthur Flour, Simon Pearce and Vermont Country Store.
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 to suit any taste or price range.
The Holiday Farmers Markets mentioned in the article below, are also great places to add to your holiday menu and to find gifts. For a full listing, go to the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT) or the Vermont Department of Agriculture’s website winter farmer’s markets.
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. Happy Holidays!