Real Good Real Goods

The line at the grocery store yesterday was long. So long that I had time to learn that Jackie Chan is retiring, Danica Patrick is getting a divorce, and that they might be finally doing an honest repair to that scary bridge on 100 by Lareau Farm Inn. As I pondered the “news” in the check out line, I started to unload my groceries and it suddenly dawned on me how lucky we are here in Vermont to have such wonderful access to local products – food, drink and beyond.

My grocery cart was filled with real good real goods. There was a local turkey, fresh bread, local beer, tons of local produce, local eggs, local cheese and even locally roasted coffee. In fact, without even thinking about it while I shopped, the sole non-local item moving down the grocer’s conveyor belt was a pack of batteries.

Obviously I’m on autopilot when it comes to purchasing locally. But we have such an abundance of options, how could you not? Even making 50% of your purchases locally can have a significant impact on the local community but infusing much need cash right back into the local infrastructure instead of some out of state executive’s pockets.

So here’s a list of great places to get some local shopping done this holiday season:

Great Art shows to check out:

Great Local Shops to check out:

  • Stowe Street Emporium – There are so many great gift ideas from stocking stuffers to one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list – you must stop in have a look!
  • The Alchemist Cannery – Perfect for the beer geek on your list, not only can you get some of the best beer on the planet here, but they also have a great selection of beer-themed gifts, featuring the Hoptique line from Alena Botanica
  • The Store – Foodies will love this place chock full of kitchen gadgets, must-haves and more. They also have cooking classes in their beautiful test kitchen in the back!
  • Red Hen Bakery – One part gourmet food shop, one part bakery, one part coffee shop, this is a great place to find a great gift for the wine lover on your list – or to get a little pick-me-up cup of joe to keep you moving!
  • Sunflower Natural Foods – A great place for your natural and local groceries, they also have a great selection of cards, candles and more so you can get your holiday groceries and a couple gifts while you’re at it.
  • Prohibition Pig – When the shopping is over, swing by the Pig for a delicious meal and a fine beer. With a new chef in the kitchen, your dinner is sure to satisfy!

Of course there are endless options for local shopping – ask your friends where they go and keep it local this holiday season!

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