I resist the urge to think about the holidays until Thanksgiving, but the other day I found myself singing along to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in the grocery store. Really? Well, I guess it's apropos because Berlin penned that iconic song in the Catskills hamlet of Lew Beach. If you're ever driving through there on a snowy day, you can see just how it happened.
Following the release of Farm Girl's Guide in early November, I am giving you a little gift: a shopping guide that features many of the stores and organizations featured in the guide. Each location hand-selected the items included in the shopping guide to give you some motivation to shop locally in the Catskills. The guide includes gifts, one-of-a-kind experiences, gifts that give back, and some amazing artisan selections. Many of the shops are offering a special Farm Girl's Guide Discount, so don't forget to ask or just click #farmgirldiscount for the hot spots. You can even use Farm Girl's Guide if you need a place to stay for your big "shop small" weekend or to find lunch along the way.
So, as Thanksgiving approaches with Black Friday and Cyber Monday right on its heels, I urge you to shop in the Catskills first. Not only are there great selections and many more options once you start #gettinglostandfound in these adorable hamlets, but it's also important. Local businesses need you. It's actually why I started Farm Girl's Guide in the first place. The renaissance is here. It is doing its part to offer more than ever before. And it NEEDS YOU to be its BFF and visit often, make some friends, eat some good food and buy some presents for the loved ones on your list!
Finally, as I work to get Ulster and Delaware counties completed, it is tempting to include all of the great places I know. I have resisted, mainly due to bandwidth. But, don't let Sullivan County be your boundary. Go ahead, #getlostandfound! (And, wink, next year!)
XOXO Farm Girl
PS For those of you who can't make it up to the Catskills, check it all out anyway. Many of the vendors now have online shopping and shipping, just for you!
Click #farmgirldiscount to see the stores that offer, well, a Farm Girl discount!