Christmas is a season of giving, spending time with friends and family, and celebrating together. But amidst the hustle and bustle, it’s also the perfect time for each community to come around their local farmers and ranchers. Wondering how? Here are three easy and perfect ways to support your farmers this Christmas!
Give the gift of local food
Do you have that one person who’s always hard to shop for? They have everything they need, their hobbies are too confusing or expensive to pitch in there, and they’re not the type to appreciate trinkets.
What’s one thing that everyone needs, though? That’s right: food.
See if any of your local farmers have gift cards, or stop by a farmer’s market to get your picky (but loved) person some canned goods, baking kits, homemade soap, or other crafted goodies.
Serve local food for your Christmas meal
What better way to show your support for your local farmers than by filling your table with local food? Many livestock producers will raise lambs, cows, turkeys, and more just for the holiday season. By reserving yours ahead of time, you’ll guarantee a tasty Christmas dinner.
Need the perfect sides or veggies? Visit local farmer’s markets or farm stores for jams, honey, canned vegetables, and more. Some farms may also have greenhouses where they can raise fresh veggies all year long. Wouldn’t that taste great?
Visit a live nativity or Christmas activity
One of my favorite parts of a live nativity is picking up a rabbit and walking around to the different kids and letting them pet a bunny. Their eyes widen as they stroke the soft fur and squeal for joy. This excitement is only magnified when they get to pet the camel.
There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than by going to a local live nativity! Not only does it put the Christmas story into a new light, but it’s a great way to let your children interact with animals and for you to meet some of the local farmers or ranchers in your area.
Bonus tip: Give the gift of cowboy
Do you know someone who loves the cowboy lifestyle too? Give them the gift of some Rocking A Ranch swag, and support a local farmer at the same time! It’s a win-win situation—a Christmas miracle.