Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Christmas and Agriculture
Ballard cheese--Ritter photo
Holiday Shopping Helps Some Small Farms to Diversify
Gooding-- The holiday shopping season is proving to be an important winter revenue stream for a number of small farms across the country seeking to diversify.
Ballard Cheese offered online christmas shopping this year from their website sending out blocks of gourmet cheese all over the U.S. for shoppers while other farms are discovering that maple syrup, jams, pies, hams and other popular holiday items are a good way to make money during a typically quiet period. In Vermont, holiday farmers’ markets are gaining in popularity.
"Certainly with the holiday season being a great time of eating, a lot of people are excited about making holiday meals from local foods,” said Jean Hamilton, direct marketing coordinator for Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont.
At the Jefferson County Fair in Rigby its fair time and all the action on this day is in the livestock barn.