Support tiny businesses—shop locally!

December 2, 2017 - garden totes

Our town, not separate to Thornton Wilder’s Grover’s Corners, is a tiny city done adult of neighbors—neighbors who learn in a schools, neighbors who proffer in a Fire Department, and neighbors who run a internal businesses. By offering locally we save time and travel, and we advantage a internal economy. Here is a list of such opportunities, starting with Harvard businesses and what they have to offer, and expanding to embody adjacent towns.

Harvard General Store

The General Store is stocked with holiday gifts both singular and local. Local artisans have for sale crafts and art including woodcraft by Bare Hill Woodworks; notecards by Susan Ginouves and Joyce Garrick; holiday soaps by Kim’s Custom Soaps; paintings and personalized photography by Judy Warner; and internal honey. From over afield are woolen mittens by Lucy Blue and informal maple products. And crop a Harvard mugs, a books on internal history, and a ever-popular “What happens here, stays here” Harvard T-shirts and sweatshirts. The General has stretched a collection of glorious wines and qualification beers for a holidays and is now offering a possess coffee, homemade soups, and hummus. (


Fruitlands Museum Store, managed by Harvard proprietor Harriet Friedrich, offers a singular preference of handmade apparatus in a far-reaching cost range. Ornaments, jewelry, strange watercolor paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, Shaker items, baby sweaters, pressed animals, and some-more are all crafted by New England artisans. One jeweler has pieces during Fruitlands for a fragment of a cost of identical apparatus featured during her Newbury Street shop. Friedrich has engaged with 3 North Bennet Street School woodworkers for disdainful items: a cherry and copper candelabrum; bowls, platters, and French rolling pins; and a record coffee table. There are books that simulate Fruitlands’ collections, books on internal history, and children’s books. Fruitlands’ centennial book, “100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years during Fruitlands Museum,” is still available. Additionally, membership, that includes acknowledgment to all 116 of a Trustees of Reservations properties, creates a good holiday gift. The museum store is open weekends noon to 5 p.m. during a winter. This year’s annual Open House takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, from noon to 5 p.m., with a 15 percent special bonus for members and 5 percent for guests. Meet artists and suffer refreshments, and there will be gift-wrapping and crafts for children. (

Westward Orchards

At Westward Orchards, a present emporium territory of a store facilities holiday-themed mugs, flour pouch kitchen towels, ornaments, and other musical items. Pillows, a accumulation of wooden signs, tableware, and animal-themed towels would supplement a bit of nation to any character home. Hand-painted pottery, pressed animals, candles, and handmade soaps share a well-stocked shelves, colorful scarves furnish a rack, and pleasing potion hummingbird feeders hang from a ceiling. The vast porch still binds a few musical apparatus for a garden. Gift baskets can be done adult with food, including internal honey, and other apparatus selected from a store. Pies are accessible by sequence until Dec. 13, and cider doughnuts can also be systematic in advance. Enjoy nominal prohibited drinks and goodies while we emporium during Westward’s annual Holiday Open House, Dec.1 by Dec. 3. Shoppers might select a candy shaft from a jar and, depending on a tone of a dot on a wrapper, accept 5 to 25 percent off a cost of a gift. Outside, trees and wreaths are for sale. (

Fiber Loft

The Fiber Loft offers artistic gifts for both a fan and a infrequent crafter, with fibers for knitting, spinning, and weaving in all colors and textures. The kits for kids are renouned favorites. There are also present apparatus for nonknitters including candles, fabric handbags, board totes, and jewelry. Some of a gifts also support good causes, such as a silk scarves and shawls whose sales advantage a song propagandize in India and a colorful totes woven from recycled materials by workers with disabilities. Gift cards are available, possibly for use in a store or for classes. The emporium is open for a deteriorate Monday by Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. (

CK Bikes

Stay fit a whole year with a new KHS bicycle for a holidays from CK Bikes, located downstairs during a General Store. Owner Craig Kilmer explains that a KHS initials mount for knowledge, health, and safety—a brand, according to Kilmer, that has a plain repute with good value. Bicycle apparatus are enclosed with purchase, layaways can be arranged, and present certificates are available. Sprucing adult your stream bike? Tune-ups, repairs, and bicycling accessories—helmets, sunglasses, and a tiny line of apparel—can be purchased. For information call Craig during 978-844-7539. Winter hours are Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (

Local photographers

Photos constraint memories. Press photographer Lisa Aciukewicz sells reprints of city events, including Bromfield sports, Fourth of July, initial day of school, graduation, etc. To perspective a Press’s print gallery, revisit Photos can be downloaded, done into peculiarity prints, or kept as keepsakes on mugs, magnets, personification cards, pivotal chains, or rodent pads. Lisa also sells scenic photos from around city during

Harvard proprietor Charles Kronauer offers photographs of views of Harvard, as good as a rest of a world. His photos can be seen at, and Charles can be reached at

Carlson Orchards

Harvard is famous for apples, and Carlson Orchards is a place to find apple-themed gifts, from apple jams to pie-top cutters. Cookbooks by Harvard authors embody “Favorite Recipes of Mother Carlson,” a gathering of Eleanor Carlson’s recipes, and Eileen and Charles Kronauer’s “Apple of Your Pie,” that provides not usually recipes, though minute cake instructions such as “making imagination edges.” Custom present baskets can be done to sequence with apparatus from a store, and there are some prepackaged present baskets. In addition, apple present boxes can be shipped anywhere in a country.

Homemade pies can be systematic by Dec. 21 for pickup by 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Sparkling cider, unchanging cider, 100 percent Honeycrisp or Fuji cider, and Carlson’s possess tough cider are available, as are many varieties of apples, including bags of application apples for baking. (

Harvard Alpaca Ranch

Shop early during a Harvard Alpaca Ranch, 58 Old Mill Road, for super-soft alpaca and teddy bear pressed animals and finely knit, additional soothing baby blankets. Featured are ornaments with a softest alpaca fur inside from a ranch’s dual new additions—five-month-olds Georgie and Nacho. Decorate a outdoor and provide a birds with twined nesting balls filled with alpaca fur. Holiday socks, hats, and scarves might be purchased during a plantation or online at, or buy skeins of alpaca chronicle to make your own. For a disobedient or nice, a bag of sorcery “beans” (alpaca manure) can be purchased. The beans dripping in H2O make an glorious manure with really tiny odor. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harvard Historical Society

The Harvard Historical Society sells “The Harvard Album,” Dianne Newton’s book about chronological Harvard illustrated by many selected photos, as good as Robert Anderson’s story of Harvard, “Directions of a Town.” The multitude also sells reproductions, tangled and prepared for framing, of a works of 1900s proprietor Eleanor Merrifield, who hand-colored her photos of 5 ended scenes of  Harvard Shaker Village. A membership would make a good present for a story buff, ancillary a multitude and giving a target a bonus on ticketed events. The Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road, is open Monday and Tuesday 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Orders can also be taken by email; hit Judy Warner at

St. Benedict Center Gift Shop

Visit a St. Benedict Center Gift Shop’s new plcae during 275 Still River Road, opposite a travel from a prior store, with a large, “open” dwindle during a storefront. Featured for a holidays are reproduction statuary, crèches, appearance calendars, and music. The “Christmas in Still River” CD is a collection of normal Catholic songs sung by a brothers and sisters during a St. Benedict Center. Also accessible are inspirational books, artwork, music, DVDs, rosaries, and an collection of eremite gifts. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open until 5 p.m. Thursdays; Saturday 10 a.m. to noon; Sunday 10:45 to noon. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Browse a online catalog during or call 978-456-8877.

Personal care/health products

Kim’s Custom Soaps are healthy and vegan, with savoury blends of essential oils. The mood-boosting tradition soap with ylang, jasmine, benzoin, rose, lavender, and vetiver is prepared for a holidays. Custom soaps can be purchased online during, during a Harvard General Store and Fruitlands Museum, or by emailing Kim Houston directly during 

Holiday Farmers Market 

The Farmers Market will horde a brood of vendors during a indoor holiday marketplace Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. during a Unitarian Church’s Fellowship Building, 7 Elm St. Many vendors will be charity present boxes of their wares, such as Nashoba Valley Extracts, Big Head Fred’s Maple Syrup, Harvard Sweet Boutique, Smith’s Farmstead Cheese, Nissitissit Apiaries, and You Love Bakery. Muddy Water Coffee Roasters will be offering mop and coffee bean combos, Everything Alpaca will move a vast collection of alpaca products, including peaceful reason nonrestricting socks, and Wild Edibles will have an collection of tinctures and seasonings. For a holiday table, Flowers during Westcott Barn will be holding orders for centerpieces and flower arrangements; River Rock Farm and Laszlo Family Farm will be offering meats; CC Lobsters and Fish will have seafood; and Agronomy Farm Vineyard will offer Massachusetts-made wines. For a pet set, Laszlo Family Farm will also be offering present boxes and stocking stuffers of meat-flavored biscuits, and Pet Wants will be offering present baskets of treats and pet sauna products. Market managers are also anticipating to have 5 or 6 internal artisans participating. (

Local honey

Sweetness for a holidays comes in a form of sugar bought locally. Maxant Industries not usually produces peculiarity beekeeping apparatus though also sells sugar during 58 Barnum Road, Devens, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maxant sugar is sole during Carlson Orchards in 1-, 2-, and 5-pound jars. Carlson’s also sells Cherryvale Apiaries honey, constructed in Boxborough. Westward Orchards is offering Harvard-produced sugar from Friendly Crossways on Littleton County Road and Heritage Farms on Westcott Road. The General Store sells light and dim honeys constructed in Tyngsborough by Carlisle Honey. And during a Dec. 16 holiday Farmers Market, Nissitissit Apiaries of Pepperell will have present boxes of honey, as good as 5-pound jars of honey, creamed honey, sugar straws, and bee pollen. 

Christmas spirits 

Wine and splash for holiday parties or gifts can be found during a General Store and a Grape Vine on Ayer Road. General Store owners Scott Hayward is formulation to reason mixed booze tastings in December, with wines in all cost ranges geared toward holiday festivities. (

The Grape Vine carries a vast preference of booze and beer. (

Unconventional offering ideas 

Try a Harvard Post Office for holiday cards and holiday-themed mailers. Hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. 

The Just Understand My Potential module will once again offer a J.U.M.P. Rope. All deduction go to a program, that offers girl growth by towering hiking experience. Handcrafted in Harvard, a J.U.M.P. Rope is about 6 feet of high-strength paracord, daisy-chained and cumulative with a good bend and a H2O knot. Director Bill Spacciapoli pronounced a ropes will shortly be accessible on a organization’s newly designed website during In a meantime, they can be systematic by promulgation an email to 

Gift certificates 

Enjoy family-style dinners, as good as a splash during a sports bar, with a present certificate to a Devens Grill. The Devens Grill also caters. Open Monday by Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (

Surprise your friends or family with a giveaway guest pass to Koko FitClub of Harvard, that can be downloaded during The pass entitles a target to a extensive proof or a customized strength and cardio examination by a approved personal trainer. 

Bodylines Pilates of Harvard offers specials on a private and semiprivate lessons and drop-in category packages. The concentration is on a whole body, regulating “mind-body” forms of transformation including pilates, yoga, a cessation training system, and elements of ballet. Gym is open Saturday 7 a.m. to noon, Sunday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Monday by Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (

Gift certificates for Dragonfly Wellness Center can be used for any of a classes, workshops, massage, or private instruction offering during this holistic wellness core during 176 Jackson Road, Devens. Certificates are accessible in a online store. (

Another healthy choice is a present certificate for classes or membership during Anytime Fitness, 20 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Now underneath new ownership, a gym is open 24 hours a day. Gift certificates are accessible in any description during a front desk, staffed Monday by Thursday late afternoons and early evenings, or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (

Harvard represented afar

Beyond a borders of Harvard, you’ll find a things of Harvard residents in stores such as Sue George’s Harvard Sweet Boutique in Hudson and Periwinkle Art Glassworks in West Acton village. Harvard Sweet Boutique offers epicurean dessert present boxes that can be picked adult in a store or shipped anywhere in a country. ( Periwinkle facilities works by some-more than 60 internal artists, and Harvard is good represented with Judy Romatelli, Julie Chadwick, Cathryn Noyes, Lauren Slater, and Judy Warner. (periwinkleglass

A few circuitously present options 

Celebrate song with a present of a concert, a lecture, a showcase recital, or cover song tickets from Indian Hill Music. Performances underline acclaimed musicians during an affordable price. Tickets can be purchased online during or by phone during 978-486-9524. 

Kitchen Outfitters of Acton offers specialty cookware, bakeware, and cutlery. Seasonal tea towels, oven mitts, and cookbooks by area chefs make good gifts. Several All-Clad pans and Wüsthof knives are now on sale. (

Swymfit, only over a city line in Boxborough, offers walk-ins and daily category visits, particular monthly memberships, and 10-visit guest or category cards, along with unchanging memberships. Their tagline is “When it comes to exercise, H2O is your friend.” (

Fine lingerie, sleepwear, and activewear can be purchased during Jo Karen in Acton. Super-soft and friendly Barefoot Dream wraps and cardigans make glorious gifts. Hours are Monday by Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m., and Sunday noon by 5 p.m. (

Give a present certificate to a Bull Run in Shirley for dinner, drinks, or unison tickets. Order online during or by phone during 978-425-4311. The Bull Run is a leader of a 2016 Diners’ Choice endowment by OpenTable and is a farm-to-table griddle that serves internal qualification beers on tap. Mugs, T-shirts, and caps are accessible during a present shop. 

Colonial Spirits of Acton offers specials on a wine, beer, and booze selections, as good as a glorious preference of cigars via a holidays. Gift cards are accessible in any volume and can be systematic over a phone during 978-263-7775 or online. Cards are mailed to recipients for free. Store hours are Monday by Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (

Acton’s Handworks Gallery of American Crafts is filled with present ideas from American artists, including pottery, sculptures in mill and clay, garden ornaments, glass, jewelry, and photography. Open Monday by Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 to 5 p.m., and Thursday nights until 8 p.m. (

Another kind of giving 

And in a broader suggestion of giving, Loaves Fishes offers an eventuality to assistance others. Last year some-more than 350 children perceived gifts from relatives or guardians by a Loaves Fishes “Shop for Your Kids Day” program, to be hold this year Thursday, Dec. 14. Sought-after donations embody new unwrapped gifts, such as games, puzzles, and toys, valued adult to $25 (for children 12 and younger), as good as present cards in denominations of $10, $15, or $30 and other gifts for teens. Gifts for teen and ’tween boys are generally needed. A list of suggested gifts can be found during

In addition, donations of wardrobe and other apparatus for adults are indispensable for “Shop for Your Parents Day,” that will be hold Saturday, Dec. 9. Gift bags, wrap, and curling badge are also needed, as are volunteers to assistance set adult a fondle room on Dec. 9 and to work during a kids eventuality Dec. 14. Donations are being supposed during Ayer, Groton, Devens, Littleton, and Shirley military stations and post offices, as good as Donelan’s grocery stores in Littleton and Groton and internal branches of Middlesex Savings Bank. Donations can also be forsaken off during a Bob Eisengrein Community Center, 100 Sherman Ave., Devens, during a days and hours listed on a website. Loaves Fishes asks that gifts not be delivered to a food cupboard on Barnum Road since of storage constraints




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