Christmas 2005 Newsletter

LocalHarvest Newsletter
Christmas 2005
December 12, 2005

Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter!

We want to extend warm thanks to all of you who have been using LocalHarvest this Fall. Whether you have been using our unparalleled national directory to find local foods, or buying directly from family farmers through our catalog, your participation in LocalHarvest plays an important role in helping American family farms thrive.

As winter weather settles in all across the country, the season brings a shift in focus for many LocalHarvest farmers. Many are reacquainting themselves with their homes after spending most of the spring, summer and fall in their fields. It is a quieter time of year on the farm, and the natural time to review the past season and begin planning for the coming one. After the demanding production months, these slower, shorter days also offer farmers a chance to rest - even if they are poring over a seed catalog while they do so.

From all of us at LocalHarvest, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season. May you be surrounded by that which gives your life meaning and joy.

in this issue

Farm-fresh Meats for the Holidays

Many of you have already experienced the exceptional flavor and quality of the fine meats produced by LocalHarvest members. Those of you who have not yet treated yourselves to the taste of healthfully produced meats, let this holiday season be your opportunity to do so.

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Something for Everyone: the LocalHarvest Store

If you are like us, the reality of Christmas shopping looms large in early December. Circling the rows in vast parking lots and pushing through crowded malls is not our idea of a pleasant way to spend the month, so we have been delighted to see more farmers adding gifts to the LocalHarvest store. Now we can make a cup of hot cocoa, stoke the fire, turn up our favorite holiday music, and shop in comfort.

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Yarn, Yarn and More

'Tis the season when knitters, crocheters, and weavers are making furious plans for the winter, or are already hard at work. As knitting in particular enjoys a huge national revival, a growing number of small farmers are making wool and other fibers available to the public. This is good news for handicrafters.

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LocalHarvest Member Profile: Fertile Crescent Farm

For some people in rural Vermont and the Boston area, Fertile Crescent Farm's wreaths have become a family tradition. Now in her ninth year of wreath production, Susan O'Connell loves hearing customers say things like, "I get one of your wreaths for each of my sisters every year; I couldn't show up at Thanksgiving without them!"

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