The holiday season is officially in full-swing. While this is a very joyous time of year for most, it is also not difficult to get overwhelmed in the hustle and bustle between attending and/or hosting various events and gatherings, and of course the duty of SHOPPING to find the best for those on your list this year. With all that goes on this time of year it can be easy to forget about our “green” habits and unfortunately studies show this to be the most wasteful time of year in the United States. We have a great article coming up next week on all you can do to help make it a sustainable season. But for today we’re going to focus on one aspect; keeping it local. If you’re finding it difficult to include multiple green items on your holiday to-do list, this is one great thing worth focussing on. Not only does buying local help reduce energy and resources required in shipping and transportation of products, but it also supports our local economy.
We are lucky in New York State to have so many great options available. Here are some gift suggestions right within the greater Rochester area:
- A center piece from Sara’s Farm Market in Brockport
- A poinsettia or other floral arrangement from Wisteria Flowers and Gifts on Culver Rd.
- A bottle of Fox Run wine or other wine from the Finger Lakes region
- An ornament from One World Goods in Pittsford (everything is fair trade too!)
Don’t forget to think outside of the box (the gift box that is) for other local options:
- Consider giving the gift of Ecotourism. There are many places in the Finger Lakes and Adirondack Mountain regions worth visiting for the nature lover on your list.
- Got a golf lover on your list? How about giving them lessons from a professional, like Rochester native PGA certified professional Michael Basch (call 585-737-7895 for lesson and package rates) or a certificate to play at one of the many local courses?
- Try to look for local food sources to create the menu for your gatherings.
This last one can be an exciting challenge. Watch here to see how UR Dining combined their annual Local Foods Week with International Education Week by creating an international menu made from local ingredients. What an accomplishment!!