Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2016 Holiday Guide

If you’re like many of us and have yet to “wrap up” that holiday shopping list, why not consider purchasing Virginia-made products that support local businesses. Here are some great ideas from Cooperative Living advertisers:

Strange's Florist: Poinsettias, whether red, white or multicolored, are popular holiday decorations that often double as a one-size-fits-all gift. Strange’s Garden Centers not only stock the freshest selection you’ll find anywhere, but also have much to offer for those “green thumbs” on your shopping list. Visit one of their four Richmond-area locations or order online at

Good Earth Peanuts: What’s more Virginia than peanuts? Those grown in the sandy soil of the southeastern part of our state have the largest kernels of any variety, making them ideal for enjoying whole or prepared into delectable, nutritious snacks. For 25 years, the Good Earth Peanut Company of Skippers has provided tasty, made-to-order gift baskets and popular assorted nut samplers. Best of all, with quick and easy ordering at, there’s no need to travel down I-95!

Smithfield Farmer's Market, Dec. 10: While you can visit downtown Smithfield any Saturday morning to purchase Virginia’s Finest local food products, why not check out their Smithfield Farmers Christmas Craft & Food Market on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3-9 p.m. You’ll find vintage, antique and repurposed items for sale from vendors throughout the region, along with live music and tasty fare.

Westmoreland State Park Holiday Festival, Dec. 18: Relax to holiday music while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies by the fire at Westmoreland State Park Dec. 18. They even have a few rocking chairs! Santa’s elves will have crafts to make and take home, while Santa visits from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Special pricing in the gift shop in time to complete your shopping! Hike down Big Meadows Trail to Fossil Beach to hunt for shark’s teeth and other fossils. The event is free to the public and parking fees will be waived for those attending. And if you’re still stumped on what to get that special someone, consider purchasing them an annual pass to Virginia State Parks. Visit for more information.

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