Explore the Origins of Small Business Saturday and Ways You Can Support Local Small Farms While You’re Out and About this Holiday Weekend

The holiday season is a time of giving, and it’s also a time of buying. In 2010, a concept emerged from among the hype of Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales: Small Business Saturday. Started as a promotion by a credit card company, American Express, the concept has grown by leaps and bounds, and even to small farms. The idea is simple: on the Saturday after Black Friday, make sure to shop at local businesses to support the owners and your local economy. Small farms that have a shop connected with their operation are great places to visit and spend money on Small Business Saturday to ensure your holiday spending is local and in support of agriculture. See what three different small farms are doing below, and plan to visit a small farm business on Small Business Saturday.

Small Farms and Their Shops

This year’s Small Business Saturday is the 25th, and it’s a perfect time to cross items off your gift-giving list with authentic produce and wholesome goods.

Lawson Peach Shed. This family farm shop sells peaches from their Georgia peach groves, peach ice cream, and peach lemonade during the peach season. Outside of the peak peach season, you’ll find hot lunch and dinner, pumpkins, peach jams and jellies, and other foods, such as sweet pickles and cinnamon buns. Shop here for the foodie who loves homemade, authentic foods.

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards.  Located in the rolling hills of Clermont, Florida, this winery and vineyard has an array of wines that feature some of Florida’s native and unique muscadine grapes.  Pick up a few bottles for a great gift for a wine lover, and stay for a tour of the vineyard with a wine tasting.  

The Robinson Family Farm. The Robinson Family Farm in Texas offers a variety of activities over the course of the year, and Small Business Saturday is the perfect time to get a live Christmas tree—a Fraser Fir from North Carolina—and a handmade wreath for the door.

Find local small farms offering goods and products this Small Business Saturday through searching online or inquiring with your Extension offices; most have a small farm division that supports smaller farms, especially those with a side shop or agritourism option.

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