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Shop Small


Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday.

Originally started by American Express, this national day to shop small and locally fits so nicely with farmers markets. After all, you can’t get much smaller than the family who farms and sells their products directly.

If you’re like most Thanksgiving survivors, today you’re not necessarily dreaming of your next big meal. Instead, the theme is eat light. However, while you’re sifting through leftovers and holiday shopping lists, I encourage you to visit farmers markets, art markets, and any other do-it-yourself retailer who operates beneath a tent or umbrella.

After all, when you spend locally, the gift of wealth to the local economy keeps on giving. So, to this end: consider canning your own marmalade, baking stollen or roasting and seasoning pecans — each featuring local products.

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