Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Gifts that Support Family Farmers

ChristinaStill trying to figure out what to give family and friends? Still want to help out family farmers this holiday season? Then check out the options below for where to find great holiday gift ideas that not only will have your friends wondering where you got them, but will also help family farmers have a joyous end of year.

Many communities—including for the first time this year, Boston, where Farm Aid is headquartered—have holiday markets offering farm-fresh produce, locally made treats, and handmade gifts. If you're a fellow Bostonian, head down to Summer Street but instead of hitting all of the brand name stores, visit the first annual Downtown Crossing Holiday Market. The market, which is running until December 24th, not only features crafts such as jewelry and ornaments, it also has local winter vegetables, wonderful fresh baked breads, local cider for mulling and locally grown flowers.

Not in the Boston area? Here are some other great winter and holiday markets to check out. If you know others, please let us know in the comments.Trying to find that perfect ham to grace the table for your holiday festivities? Well hurry and order your sustainably-raised ham from Patchwork Family Farms in Missouri by December 14th to ensure delivery. Patchwork is a cooperative of family farmers who believe in raising quality meat in a sustainable and humane way. The animals are given no growth hormones, are not continually fed antibiotics, and enjoy sunshine and fresh air.

Trying to find the perfect gift for your boss, your child's teacher or a little holiday treat for yourself? Family Farm Defenders have the perfect treat for you. Their fair trade and rBGH-free cheese not only supports 34 family farmers in Wisconsin, it is also tasty. They also offer many flavors of organic cheese.

More of a do-it-yourself type than one to buy Christmas gifts? Click on over to HOMEGROWN.org and check out the latest blog on making cutting boards, handing over seeds and a garden plan, or even buying a CSA share to give the gift of fresh and delicious food while helping out a local farmer.

And don't forget about the great things available right here on the Farm Aid website. T-shirts, hats and even tree ornaments are the perfect gifts for those who love the music and the cause. This Sunday, December 13, is the last day to order to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

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