This “Small Business Saturday” I’ll be shopping local -- just not in Granby. Just like last year, I’ll be doing my “virtual” local shopping for friends and family all over the country: A mani/pedi for my niece in Wisconcin, a dinner out for my parents at their favorite local restaurant, tickets to a ball game for my nephew in a Chicago suburb. (Don’t worry, these were last year’s gifts…..) With Google as your tour guide, you can order anything online these days, so before you type in Amazon.com to you web browser, Google some stores local to your far-away friends and family. Of course I’ll be making my own list too. Here are some hints to my loved ones….err Santa.....
Instead of….. I’d rather have……
Harry and David gift basket Lost Acres Vineyard gift basket
Mall clothing store gift card Top Drawer Consignment gift certificate
Big chain beauty products Neal’s Yard Organics or Lyric Hill Farm soap
Chain restaurant meal Dinner for two at Metro Bis
Grocery store gift card Granby Village Health gift card
Omaha Steaks Maple View Farm steaks (sorry, shameless plug)
Toys R Us Neckers
A blog about farming and food. Kate Bogli owns and operates Maple View Farm, raising livestock and growing veggies, with her husband Jason. The farm has been in his family for 65 years.