Think globally, but shop locally for the holidays!

Believe it or not, the holidays are here! The Autumn leaves are changing color, the Sun is long gone by 6:00 PM, and the evenings are chilling off to Winter temperatures. This means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping!

The department and grocery stores in our larger surrounding cities are already decorated  in jingle bells and garland, and stocked with the latest toys and technology, but right here in our back yard there are opportunities to find great, hand-crafted, locally made gifts and treats!

The LoCol Farmer’s Market is still open, but has changes location and times. It is still held every Sunday but is located in the Grange at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at 319 State Highway 49 in Coloma. There is free 30 minute parking behind the grange for customers. Research has proven that we are not an early rising community, so the new hours are from 10-2. Perfect for us sleepyheads!

I checked it out last Sunday and was happy to find, knitted goods, jewelry, ceramics, soaps, crafts, candles, gourd art, glitter tattoos, fresh sweet and savory baked goods, tamales, salsa, and crepes and omelettes to order! The charming French man representing Sierra Rizing Bakery was playing beautiful guitar too! If you are anything like me, I think you’ll find this market lovely to attend, and easy to support! They will be open Nov. 11,18 and Dec. 2,8,9 and 16, but will close over the Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends.

Before or after you visit the Farmer’s Market on Sunday Nov. 18th, make sure and stop by the First Annual Holiday Boutique at Enchanted April Inn located at 5950 Salmon Falls Road in Pilot Hill. This Boutique will feature over 18 vendors to cater to all your Christmas shopping and stocking stuffing needs, and some of the proceeds will benefit the All About Equine Animal Rescue. This event is from 10-3, located at a beautiful venue and proceeds benefit a good cause…which always makes shopping more fun!

Also, don’t forget CHRISTMAS IN COLOMA is coming on Dec. 8-9!  I hope to see you around town at these great events, but if not, have a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day! Cheers!