Amazon boxes get held up? Delivered gift not living up to the online preview? Last minute mall rush got you down? Here are four sweet holiday presents you can purchase and receive right now from the comfort of your own home, while supporting the local food movement.
Membership to the Freshest Club in Town – CSA Subscriptions
Get the food lover or farm enthusiast in your life a taste of local agriculture with a weekly, biweekly, or monthly subscription to a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in his or her hometown. You pay a membership fee up front, a local farmer does the hard work of growing the goods, they’re hand-delivered to your door or a convenient location in your ‘hood, and you enjoy the delicious, nutritious benefits of local ag.
Visit Local Harvest to find a CSA program near you. Or, for a streamlined payment and customer service experience, try Overstock.com. (Yes, you read that right. Learn more about Overstock.com’s innovative farmers market “local delivery” program from Modern Farmer.)
A Farmtastic Family Vacation –Agritourism Getaways
Anyone could luxuriated in Cancun or rendezvous in Paris—you’re looking for something a little more unique, interesting, and educational than that. So explore the agrotourism options in your area, and plan a weekend getaway to a working farm. You’ll support a farming family, learn a little bit about how food is cultivated , and give your kids a leg up on their compadres when the teacher holds up a radish, artichoke, or purple cauliflower and asks, “who knows what this is?”
Click here to find a cool farm with a vacant room.
A Home-Delivered Food & Farm Education – Subscription to Modern Farmer
Several exciting food and farm news outlets have cropped up in recent years, but just one offers a hard copy magazine, delivered lovingly to your actual mailbox. Give the gift of a snail mail throwback and order your loved one a quarterly subscription to Modern Farmer. Recent articles incude “How Farmers Protest Around the Globe,” “Holy Harvest: Six Faith-Based Farms Worth Knowing,” and “Farm to Hospital Bed.”
Local Noms of the Month—3, 6, 9, or 12 Months of Indie Foods
3 months of jerky. 6 months of chocolate. 9 months of mouth-watering sauces, salts, and condiments. A full year of pickles. All foods are produced by small-scale artisans and delivered to your doorstep.
Click here to buy a months- or year-long culinary journey for you or a friend.
Good luck and happy holidays from Growth Trends!
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