Turkeys, trees and assorted treats. Deck your halls with local.

The holidays are in full swing and when it comes to shopping local, a lot of folks are focused on finding the perfect gifts for the people on our list. But, let’s not forget about how much we do at home during the festive season. From your Christmas tree to your Christmas dinner, everything you buy locally does as much good for local producers and your community as the local gifts you buy.

So, what can you do to deck your halls with local this holiday season? Here are a few simple thought starters:

Pick up a local Christmas tree. According to the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, there are roughly 1200 families growing trees on their land. Your support keeps this important local industry alive and well in Nova Scotia. Visit the Christmas Tree Council's website for a list of Christmas tree farms.

Dress your tree with local. Pick up a handmade ornament or two at a local market or gift shop. Start a new tradition and add one every year. They also make thoughtful gifts for others.

Put a local centrepiece on your table. Drop by your local florist for a splash of holiday colour. Did you know you can buy poinsettias that are grown in Nova Scotia? And of course, you can also find handmade holiday wreaths at farmers’ markets, holiday craft fairs and local retailers.

Entertaining? Nibble local. Holiday entertaining calls for tasty holiday treats. And you can find plenty of locally produced options. From fresh baked goods from the local farmers’ market or bakery to artisan chocolates, cheeses, meats and more made right here in Nova Scotia. It’s so easy to serve up local. If you’re wondering where to find local goodies in your area, check out our where to buy local database. And don’t forget there are plenty of local beverages to choose from too. From wine and cider to blueberry juice, local producers have got you covered.

Serve a downhome Christmas dinner. Your local butcher shop, farmers’ market, roadside farm market or grocery store can offer a range of options including fresh local turkey, pork, beef and seafood. If you’re not sure it’s local, all you have to do is ask. You can also find all the local trimmings too – turnips, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, squash…you name it. When you put Nova Scotia on your table, you help local farmers put food on their tables as well. Our friends at Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia have a handy list of markets in your area.