The calendar has turned to December, and it’s time to start thinking about holiday decorating! We have many local products to get you started. Balsam trees from Nichols Tree Farm (Lyme, N.H.) are ready for pickup and will smell amazing all month long. Liven up your home’s exterior with beautiful decorated wreathes from Cube Mountain Products (Orford, N.H.), as well as garlands made of mixed winter greens and winterberries for a pop of red!
In the kitchen, you can still enjoy plenty of local goodies such as organic gold potatoes from Deep Meadow Farm (Windsor, Vt.) and buttercup squash from Pierson Farm (Bradford, Vt.).
Long before "local" was incorporated into the positioning statement of every giant discount megastore, it was a cornerstone to the work of food cooperatives.
Like the organic and green movements, the local movement had an early champion in food co-ops, who for decades have been touting the need to preserve networks of small family farms and independent food producers.