Small Business Saturday – November 24, 2012

donuts and apple cider from Atkins Market

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. Far from the consumerism-fest of “Black Friday” or “Cyber-Monday”, Small Business Saturday is a chance to wander your neighborhood Main Street for the finds that come from a local owner who knows her customers and cares about providing the very best. As a small, locally-owned business, we encourage you to buy independent, and to take the time to learn about local service providers for your upcoming projects.

Small Business Saturday for gardeners:

  • Buy bulbs, annuals, and fall clean-up supplies at your locally-owned nursery or garden center.
  • Host a leaf-raking party. Say thanks to your helpers with some craft-brewed beer and goodies from your local grocer.
  • Pick up apples, root veggies, and squash from a farm stand or farmers market like Wilson Farm in Lexington.
  • Enjoy cider donuts from a family bakery like the one at Volante Farms in Needham.
  • Build a raised bed or cold frame to grow your own veggies. Buy materials from an independently-owned hardware store like Green’s Hardware in Wellesley.
  • Get a jump on holiday shopping by buying garden tools and decorations from a craft co-op or local specialty store like Derby Farm Flowers & Gifts in Arlington (owned by landscape designer Barbara Popolow).

Let us know in the comments what local businesses you will be supporting on Small Business Saturday.