Shopping locally…even for gifts

This is one of those mass emails going around… I really liked the sentiment. Many of you know I am a big supporter local business, buying local goods, and food, of course. This year I am going to make an even stronger effort to shop from my friends, fellow farmers, artisans, and other local businesses. The email I have received twice now is below…clearly it is relevant to shopping for any occasion.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear
 to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods

 –merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This
 year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
 concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving
 time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?  Everyone — yes

 EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificate from your local
 American hair salon or barber?
 Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
 health improvement.
 Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
 detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
 book of gift certificates.

 Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the
 Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift  receiver
 would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mown for the summer, or driveway
 plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
 There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates.
 And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen
 breakfasts at the local breakfast joint,or a box of American made Chocolates.
Remember, folks this isn’t about big
 National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with
 their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

 How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle,
 done at a shop run by the American working guy?
 Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
 local cleaning lady for a day.

 My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
 struggling to get his repair business up and running.
 OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin
 their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and
 beautiful wooden boxes.
 Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your
 server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your
 hometown theatre.
 Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
 Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
 lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty

 cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave
 the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
 You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China
 can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US,
 encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their
 dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
 communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

Forward this to friends and we can make a BETTER CHRISTMAS for AMERICA

So, I’ve posted it… which is kind of like forwarding it 🙂

Here’s how I am following the above advice so far this season:

  • gave the gift of several CSA boxes to charity auctions
  • meat for carnivorous friends and family
  • my mother’s childrens’ book UP IN SMOKE (written and illustrated by Susan Kallander (Zsa Zsa and my Mom) about threshing at the family farm and only $11.50!)
  • good coffee and other goodies from my local gourmet shop
  • maple syrup, honey and hot sauce – oh my
  • the really cool magnetic spice rack Larry is making,

    but I am gifting it to someone to organize their office/craft space

  • locally made mittens from upcoming craft fair

About stillmansfarm

Stillman's Farm® is a family owned farm in Massachusetts. We currently operate at two locations: a greenhouse/retail business in Lunenburg, and the majority of vegetable production in New Braintree. Glenn Stillman started the business in Lunenburg over 20 years ago and now enjoys the promise of the next generation further expanding the very diverse enterprise. The farm also has several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs established in Boston, Lunenburg, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, New Braintree and the Southborough/Framingham area. In addition, the Stillman's trucks have become a fixture at the Boston Area Farmer's Markets. Our Philosophy Most of Stillman's produce is grown without chemicals. For a few crops this simply is not feasible. For these particular crops, we participate in the State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. This entails systematic scouting of fields, protection of beneficial insects, bio-controls, and well-timed applications of only the safest pesticides. With growing concern about genetically modified organisms (GMO), as a patron you can be confident that none of the produce we grow have been engineered, in fact, we often experiment with many heirloom varieties! Conscientiously Grown® The combination of no pesticides, good cultivation management, and IPM practices allows us to offer the widest possible selection of fruit and vegetable varieties and be a thriving sustainable farm. We have developed our own label, "conscientiously grown" to convey our commitment to the safety of our environment, family and customers. All of our hormone free, pasture raised meats carry a conscientiously grown label too!
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2 Responses to Shopping locally…even for gifts

  1. Ev says:

    Absolutely LOVE this idea. Have been refusing gifts for 5 years and instead picking non-profits for everyone to donate to instead. Money goes to deserving places, and we all feel good!

  2. For thoughtful posts like this, and also the great recipes, I’m nominating you for a Liebster Blog Award on my blog!

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