Fear Not! Over the past few years 3 new days on the calendar have emerged as a counterweight to the frantic shopping and schlepping that the holidays can become.
Opt Outside is a campaign by outdoor retailer REI to urge families to spend their holiday time outside instead of at the mall on Black Friday. As they did for the first time in 2015, their website will go dark, their fulfillment center will go silent as their employees spend the day outside. Visit Montgomery County's amazing parks this weekend.
Small Business Saturday is November 25 this year- skip the mall and enjoy your local retailers that keep your money close to home and enrich your community. Farmers are the oldest small business there is. You might want to check out a year round farm and artisan market. Or visit an on-farm brewery or winery. Also the following Orchards will be open for late season apples, honey and other goods:
Butler's (some Christmas trees available - call first)
Kingsbury's (final weekend)
Homestead (some trees available, call first)
Giving Tuesday is November 28th this year- a day to dedicate some some support to the organizations you care about. May we humbly suggest you give where you live and support not just your local farms but your local farm protection nonprofit? MCA's work to keep the Ag Reserve growing in Montgomery County relies on local residents, like you. And Thanks!