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BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — If a brief respite from the recent cold and snowy weather has you reminiscing about past summer months and how much fun you had shopping our local farmers' markets, then stay with that thought. The Flesherton and Southgate markets are about to give you déjà vu.

Although the harvest of nature's bounty is over now, many of our local farmers and producers have been busy preserving that harvest, transforming it into jams, jellies, pickles, honey, dried herbs and other delights for us to enjoy over the holidays. You can also be sure that local produce and herbs were picked and processed at the height of their freshness, rendering these foods especially tasty.

Similarly, crafters have been busy knitting, sewing and otherwise creating homemade works of art, clothing and holiday decor to keep us happy and warm over the same period of time. Deck your home with some of the beautifully-crafted items on display by local farmers' markets vendors or purchase a gorgeous piece of art from a talented local artist for some lucky person on your gift list.

On Saturday, November 30, the Flesherton and District Farmers' Market will hold its annual Christmas Market at the Kinplex from 9 am to 2 pm with 30 vendors in attendance. Many of your market friends will magically reappear at this event, decked out with those locally-made treats, crafts and other products you've come to love. You will have a chance to win one of the hourly draws and be tempted to stick around to enjoy a hot, comforting bowl of chili with homemade cornbread. Centre Grey Health Services Foundation will also be there to wrap your gifts for a small donation.

Keep that "shop local" spirit going for the following weekend as the Southgate Community Farmers' Market will hold its second annual Christmas Market in the Frank MacIntyre Building in Dundalk from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, December 7. Homemade treats and locally-made products are promised to keep visitors well-stocked. Door prizes will be awarded and a hot lunch will also be available.

With Christmas less than a month away, it's time to get serious about the holidays and shop locally.

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