Are you making your own reusable giftwrap this year?
Have you taken a pledge to make your own gifts?
Do you have no time to do either of those things, and are feeling kind-of guilty about that like I am? Well, there is a third option to lessen your guilt-burden. Shop locally and purchase items made by local artisans and farmers. In Western Massachusetts, this is the time of season for open studios: pottery, and all manner of handmade items.
You could cut your fuel consumption and time commitment in this endeavor, and shop at Artspace in Greenfield. I haven’t had the opportunity to do so in about twenty years, but, historically, that is the place to get beautiful high quality gifts for everybody on your list.
In Shelburne Falls, the place to shop locally and get the whole list finished in one stop is at the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom, on the Buckland side of the Deerfield River. While you are in the Village, visit the cooperative grocery store for lip balm, hand moisturizers, and fresh fruits.
Cross over the river on the beautiful Bridge of Flowers and enjoy the many high quality bookstores and eateries on the Shelburne side of the river.
You could visit the Hager Farm Store on the Mohawk Trail and get a Christmas tree, some soup and vegetables from Pioneer Valley growers.
There’s Wheel View Farm Grassfed Beef only a few miles from the Mohawk Trail, and there’s our farm with a high-quality assortment of Pork Chops, Ribs, Sausage and thickly cut Old-Fashioned Maple Syrup Smoked Ham Steaks. Eggs? EGGS you say, for your holiday baking? YES! We have lots of fresh eggs. $3 a dozen.
Make your own little local gift basket, and be sure to add some coffee from Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, just a mile from our farm on the Mohawk Trail. Plop in some local maple syrup from Davenport Maple Farm, just a mile or so off the Mohawk Trail in Shelburne.
Are there other hidden gems out there in the West County? You bet there are! I challenge you to find them, and patronize them. Whether you are coming out to the area for a few hours and then returning to Boston, or you live in Conway or Greenfield — please support your local farmers and artisans. This farmer thanks you.