I am a huge fan of social media. Not because I want to know what someone had for breakfast or where they are standing in line now, but for the sharing of ideas, knowledge and inspiration. It’s the first thing I do when I get out of bed in the morning and the last thing I do before I shut my eyes for the night…..I like, share, pin and tweet on all my social media platforms.

For instance, last year I saw a post that was all about shopping locally for the holidays. It inspired me to change how I shop at this time of year and recently I saw it again. A reminder of how satisfying that was and the benefits associated with it.

When you shop from local businesses instead of national chains you support the local economy. Small businesses in your community most likely employ people from the community so it creates jobs. It reduces environmental impact as local business often make their purchases from other nearby businesses. You invest in your community as local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

I could go on.  But most important – I think it is fun to shop from people who I can have a conversation with and are interested in helping me. The Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market may be closed for the season but there are still plenty of vendors you can make purchases from now until next May!

Let’s see. Instead of bringing wine to the next holiday party I am invited to I will choose to bring my hosts beautiful local honey, or luxurious soaps with aromas that fill the senses with the promise of relaxation or rejuvenation.

There are also wonderful choices for unique gifts that will delight such as beautifully hand crafted plates and whimsical hand sewn gift items or even knit apparel and accessories made from wool spun from locally raised sheep and alpaca.  Now that’s sure to impress! I know because I’ve done it.

 

And for your own holiday table you can still tempt everyones taste buds with savoury and sweet baked goods, sauces and preserves, fruits and vegetables and locally roasted coffee. Tired of turkey – how about some perfectly pillowy pasta – YUM! Yes, you CAN still get the wonderful ravioli you came to love this summer!

Check out the ads in the Pioneer for local services that you can purchase gift certificates from such as cleaning services or retailers that sell home décor. How about giving your favourite nephew an oil change or your daughter a therapeutic massage?

The possibilities are endless and it’s as easy as thumbing through the pages of this publication or going online and checking out the market’s post season vendor page at www.aberfoylemarket.ca/post-season-vendors to find where your favorite products are now that it’s the off season.

Thanks for listening to me wax poetic about the market all year. When we meet again it will be the new year – February to be sure and I will have more fun facts for you about our market vendors, volunteers and products.  Until then, maybe I’ll see you on Facebook…or Twitter….or…..

Have a wonderful Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Check out our website www.aberfoylemarket.ca ….follow us on Twitter!@AberfoyleMarket. You can email me at fromthefield@afma.ca. We are always looking for volunteers, so why not find out what you can do to join in on the excitement?

Open from the last Saturday in May ‘til the last Saturday in October, in downtown Aberfoyle in the Optimist Rec Centre, from 8am ‘til 1pm.  See you next spring!