Shop Local Challenge: Holiday Food Fairs and Craft Markets

I heard on CBC Radio that Christmas is only 38 days away!  Yep, that’s soon.  No matter what holiday traditions you celebrate, most of us are doing a fair amount of shopping this time of year, whether for food, gifts, decor or treats for yourself.  (Treating yourself is important too!) Why not focus some of those shopping dollars on local shops and artisans?  Here’s a few reasons why:

–       Supporting small businesses in your community helps the local economy.

–       Avoid mall crowds!  My decision to shop local this holiday season was cemented when I spent an hour shopping with a friend at the Rideau Centre on Sunday.  So freaking crowded!

–     Sustainability.  Stuff made locally by hand is less resource intensive than mass-produced junk that traveled halfway around the world to get to you. Continue reading