Everyone has heard of Black Friday. But there is a far more thoughtful way to kick off the holiday season. On Black Friday, many are choosing to skip the stores and instead "Opt Outside" - a campaign started in 2015 when outdoor retailer REI closed its stores, website and fulfillment center on the busiest shopping day of the year and paid its employees to go recreate with their families. Another successful campaign, "Small Business Saturday" invited shoppers to keep their dollar in the local economy and shop the small local stores that make a community thrive.
Much like last year - local is the new normal, outside is the new inside and resilience is the new way- the Ag Reserve has offered resilience to our region in this crisis and this will continue into the colder months with unique gifts and recreation close by. And speaking of supporting local, may we humbly suggest your support your local farmland protection nonprofit? Giving Tuesday is November 30 this year and we would be honored by your tax-deductible gift.
Find a park or trail to opt outside to with your family here.
Shop Small, Green and Local
"Small Business Saturday" is November 27 this year - there are so many Moco grown/raised/crafted gifts for you and everyone on your list.
Markets: Staying with the theme of outdoors - many year round markets operate in MoCo and have not just the best local food around but artisans making unique gifts - find a full list of farmers markets here.
Countryside Artisans Studio Tour: (December 3-5) Holidays and each fall the artists of rural Montgomery County have open studio hours and a map for a self guided driving tour. Pottery, glassware, fiber arts, paintings and more are available.
MoCo Made: Many prepared foods and spirts are created all over MoCo.