It’s hard to believe, but the
hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season is once again upon us! I’m
here to remind you that spending your dollars in a locally and independently
owned business not only helps communities thrive, but provides a more relaxed,
fun, and rewarding gift-buying experience!
This Friday, November 29th,
2013 is Plaid Friday – A nationwide effort
designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the
big box store “Black Friday”. Consumers and shop keepers alike are encouraged
to don their best plaid to show their support of the event. Special discounts
& offerings, book signings, and tastings abound at local businesses
throughout southern New Hampshire. Here at the Inn we’re offering two handmade
pottery Inn at Valley Farms mugs with every gift certificate purchase ($30
value) and 10% off any gift shop purchase. Our Walpole
Valley Farms farm store is also participating and will be filled with homemade holiday wreaths & kissing balls, homemade
local fruit jams, local maple syrup, fresh local apples, our great farm
t-shirts designed by local children’s book illustrator Virginia Allyn, of
course freezers full of our delicious, nutritious pasture-raised meats, and
more. Sign up to be entered
to win one of dozens of great “Plaid Friday” prizes donated by
area Monadnock Region businesses that will be raffled off throughout the day.
Plaid Friday is the official
kick off event of “Shift Your Shopping” – another nationwide event
aimed at persuading consumers to “shift” a minimum of 10% of their
holiday spending to local businesses – a simple, powerful way to boost our
economy and preserve and create jobs in our local communities. This year,
participants in the “Shift Your Shopping for Good” campaign will be giving
a portion of purchases between “Small Business Saturday” 11/30 and
“Giving Tuesday” 12/3 to literally any charity or school you choose.
We are particiapting by donating 10% of any stay or gift certificate purchase
during that time frame to the charity of your choice.
Perfectly timed for the
holiday shopping season are two favorite area events – the 11th Annual
Walpole Artisans Tour and the 35th Annual Putney Crafts Tour both held Friday, November
29th – Sunday, December 1st. Take a back road tour through some of New
England’s most beautiful countryside visiting top artisans in their studios.
Participating artisans cover a wide variety of mediums including potters, glass
blowers, painters, metal workers, jewelry designers, fabric artists,
photographers, cheese makers, and more. I’ve done these tours for years and
still haven’t personally visited every studio. Can you think of a more enjoyable way to go shopping?
As in past years, we’ll be
participating as a Plaid Friday “hub” in the Monadnock Region and as such handing
out our famous homemade cookies to hungry shoppers in plaid passing through
Walpole. Come see us in our plaid and bring yours too. We hope to see you here
on the farm!