With Christmas heading our way quickly the turkey and ham orders are starting to roll in and everyone is starting to get their Christmas lists together. Will you be celebrating with local flavour this Christmas?
How much of your Christmas shopping can you achieve by purchasing from local independent stores, plus the markets and farmers markets as well? Have you thought about the impact that keeping your Christmas shopping local can have in terms of injecting money into our local economies, and having that money stay local?

The Canberra region and surrounding villages have a wealth of specialty shops from organic produce to art and craft galleries, vintage items, leather and old wares “I love putting together a hamper of local produce for members of my family, especially when they are from outside of the region” says Samantha Hawker, Southern Harvest Farmers Market Manager.

Make up your own local gift basket and tailor it to your family and friends, or, order one of the local produce hampers available from Sharwood Hampers.

The farmers market is a great place to pick up quality local produce for your festive meals including meats, chutneys and other accompaniments, bread, cheeses and more. It’s also a great place to start looking for those local hamper items such as dried native herbs in test-tube holders, a range of sauces and jams, herbal teas, cordials and more.

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore is on every Saturday leading u
p to Christmas, with a special market on Thursday evening 22 December 3-7pm to get that last minute Christmas Shopping done. We’ll be at the Anglican Church Hall in Butmaroo Street with our regular stallholders plus more. The market is also open throughout January every Saturday so you can keep on doing your farmers market shopping.

How much of your Christmas shopping will you be keeping local? www.southernharvest.org.au