Happy New Years!
What do you think is going to be under the tree, just for you? Maybe a beautiful hand-crafted wallet bought from a local shop with your taste in mind, or maybe it’s something that was cheaply made in another country that will last about four hours. We aren’t biased or anything, just wondering. Either way, it’s the thought that counts, and we wish you the merriest of Christmas’s! This wraps up our 12 week discussion of localism, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact us!
This week, the activity we are going to highlight is family time. We all get a little busy, and it seems like we take our families for granted. We encourage you to hold them in your rooms, lounge on the couch, and maybe even play some cards. Have a good one :)
Though the name makes it sound like they could be selling bird meat, we assure you they are some great beef! Many of us celebrate the holidays with beef, and this year we would like to invite you to let Meadowlark Beef be the highlight of your dinner. Though those are some big shoes to fill, Meadowlark will come through. If you’d like to read more about them, or order, they have a Facebook page and a website.
Christmastime is almost here! This is the final week to find those heartfelt gifts for your loved ones. We hope you have attended some of those art and craft shows we have been raving about, but if you haven’t, your local businesses would love to see you!
This event is only for those in 1st-6th grade, but what they come out with what may (and probably will) be your Christmas present! This is actually a 4 week course! Registration available at www.longxarts.com/camp-christmas.html . December 14, 2018. 3:45-5 PM CST.
Out here in Western North Dakota, many of us are, or at least know a cowboy. This weeks local business highlight is a place of a cowgirls (or boys) dream! Pride of Dakota members Scott and Cheri Holden are the owners of Plus V Leather and Crafts. This little shop is located in Hebron North Dakota, and they have hand crafted leather items of all sorts. Additionally they have candles, soap, and air fresheners. Check them out!
Open from 9 am- 6 pm, located at 7745 26th St. Hebron.
Why aren’t we buying local? There are so many benefits to buying local, and yet we source our products from all over the world. I suppose it is easy enough to see why we buy some products from elsewhere: we can’t make them or grow them here. However, what about the things we can produce right here in North Dakota? A main reason for not buying locally is that it is cheaper to have it shipped to us, especially for big companies that are very popular in western North Dakota. Buying local is also not practical for us right here, right now. Our winters are harsh, and we can’t grow fresh produce during those several months. Hence, we ship things, and once you have a route somewhere, it is just as easy to send it year-round.
If you don’t feel like making baked goods for your family and friends that you will be seeing this holiday season, the Frosty Frolic Art and Craft Show in Bowman is a great alternative. Plus, while you are there checking out the delicious baked goods, there’s a chance you will find the perfect gift for that persnickety friend of yours! December 8, 2018. 10 AM-3 PM @ Bowman (305 1st St. SW)
Located in Stanley, North Dakota, Foxden Farms is a small scale poultry, pork, and homemade soap farm. This would be a great place to look for that holiday entree! They started with a few laying hens, and have gradually added on to become what they are today. They have a very active Facebook page, and would be more than happy to have extra customers this holiday season!
The "Christmas Capitol of North Dakota" will be in Garrison for a few weekends! This small town sure knows how to put on an event, because this is their 25th year of the event! They will be sticking with the classics as they feature a craft show, a lighted parade, street food vendors, entertainment, house tours, and even a play based off of Dickens’ work! There will even be a double decker english style bus available for rides. If you have any questions, they have their own web page: www.dickensfestival.com.
Saturday December 1, Garrison, ND 10 am-7 pm.
We were going to wish you a Happy Turkey Day, but we didn’t want to use fowl language.
Speaking of turkey day, did you know there wasn’t even turkey at the first thanksgiving? There weren’t even forks! Having a fork to eat your fowl is something you can add to your list of things to be thankful for this year!
On an unrelated note, we know local turkey producers and meat shops would certainly be thankful for more business. Do with that information what you will.
There are few things more beautiful than a community coming together to put on a parade of lights. Few things prettier except for the end result of the hard work and many hours of stringing nights. Can you just see the soft glow of the many colors glistening off the ice on the ground? Beautiful. If you would like to be a part of this awesome night, be in Watford City on November 23rd at 6:30 pm!
I may be a little impartial, but my favorite local author (and only one I know) is Annika Plummer. She is an involved community member in Dickinson, and has worked in the agricultural department of DSU for years! I couldn’t imagine working with college students on a daily basis for more than a few months, but she does it with a smile on her face and even brings treats for the students nearly weekly! Anyway, back to the reason we are highlighting her, her books! She has written and published two childrens stories (“The Felt Heart” and “The Apple Story”), which could be great holiday gifts for any of the youngsters in your life.
For our older readers, this week we are highlighting a find winery based out of Dickinson North Dakota. Not only do they have wines, but they also have food. It is also kid friendly!
This event is an event you can be a part of! The master bakers will be teaching you how to make three different kinds of desserts that anyone of your loved ones would be sure to love! Highly recommending this one guys!
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM CST